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Controversy erupts over new GO stations

Posted on August 28, 2017
Questions have arisen over the legitimacy of two stops selected as part of Metrolinx’s $13.5-billion Regional Express Rail project. According to an article from the Toronto Star, two stations originally rejected through Metrolinx’s analysis were later approved as a result of ‘pressure’ from the provincial transportation ministry. The Star obtained over 1,000 pages of documents through a freedom of information request which “ reveal the behind-the-scenes story of how Metrolinx ignored this analysis and approved the two contentious stations [...]

4TRANSIT JV wins $300-million Metrolinx contract

Posted on August 25, 2017
The 4TRANSIT joint venture, comprising three leading Canadian engineering consulting firms, Hatch, Parsons, and WSP, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $300 million contract for providing technical advisory services for two major work packages tendered under Metrolinx’s 10-year Regional Express Rail (RER) Capital Program. The RER Capital Program is designed to transform the GO Transit rail network in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to a two-way, all-day electrified service, where trains run every 15 minutes or better. This [...]

Verster named Metrolinx president and CEO

Posted on August 24, 2017
The board of directors of Metrolinx has appointed Phil Verster as its new president and CEO. Over the last 12 years, Mr. Verster has overseen operations and major construction of rail services in England, Scotland, and Ireland. Among his most recent assignments as a managing director of Britain’s Network Rail have been running Scotland’s railway operations, the ScotRail Alliance, and initiating work on the East West Railway, a new rail line linking Britain’s high tech corridor between Oxford and Cambridge. “We sought as our next CEO a person [...]

RFQ issued for Lakeshore East expansion project

Posted on August 24, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to build and finance the Lakeshore East—Central Corridor Expansion project. The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service on the Lakeshore East line. The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which includes: Two grade separations - Scarborough Golf Club Road and Morningside Avenue; Track and grading work from Galloway Road to Beechgrove Drive (approximately 3.4 km); and All [...]

OCC calls for more resilient infrastructure

Posted on August 23, 2017
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released Building Better: Setting the 2017 Ontario Infrastructure Plan up for success, a report calling on the Ontario Government to implement key recommendations in its imminent Long-Term Infrastructure Plan (LTIP) that will help ensure accountable planning and building resilient, adaptable infrastructure for the future. With relatively stagnant infrastructure investment since the 1970s, the province of Ontario currently faces a significant infrastructure gap, where it would need an estimated $19 billion to improve [...]

Agreement reached to build road to Ring of Fire

Posted on August 21, 2017
Ontario is taking an important next step toward developing the Ring of Fire, working with Webequie, Marten Falls and Nibinamik First Nations to plan and construct a year-round access road into the proposed mining development site being pursued by Noront Resources Ltd. As part of this project, the province is also working with First Nations to build all-season access roads to their communities. Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle announced that Ontario will support First Nations to plan and construct an [...]

Construction begins on the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant

Posted on August 21, 2017
Over the next five years, Hamilton’s Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant will receive $340 million in upgrades. The first project under this multi-year, multi-phase initiative officially kicked off with a tour at the construction site for the new Raw Sewage Pumping Station. Hamilton Harbour was identified as a Great Lakes Area of Concern in 1987 as a result of degraded water quality and environmental health. There are a number of ongoing projects designed to have a direct impact on the health of the local environment, specifically water quality, including [...]

Ottawa files rezoning application for new hospital

Posted on August 21, 2017
The City of Ottawa has officially submitted a rezoning application that would allow for the construction of the new Ottawa hospital Civic campus on lands currently part of the Central Experimental Farm. According to an article from the CBC, the application would allow the land to be rezoned from agricultural research area to general urban area, opening the door for the development of the estimated $2-billion project. The five-hectare parcel of land is located along two major transportation arteries in the city, Highway 17-B and Prince of Wales Drive [...]

Infrastructure Ontario launches 100th AFP project

Posted on August 21, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has issued a request for qualifications on its 100th project using its unique Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) process. The milestone marks almost 12 years of successfully procuring and delivering the Province's largest and most complex public infrastructure projects - including hospitals, courthouses, highways and public transit. “Ontario's AFP program is an international success story,” said Bob Chiarelli, minister of infrastructure. “It is delivering key projects like hospitals and public transit systems [...]

Bidders selected for Centre for Excellence in Transportation Infrastructure project

Posted on August 21, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO), on behalf of the Ministry of Transportation, has released a bid call to ten prequalified contractors to build the new Centre for Excellence in Transportation Infrastructure in North York. An open, competitive request for qualifications process, overseen by IO, began in October 2016. This process identified ten contractors with the construction capability to deliver a project of this size and scope: Aquicon Construction Company Ltd. Bird Construction Group Bondfield Construction Company Ltd. Buttcon Ltd. Eastern [...]
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