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Ontario government to investigate high speed rail corridor

Posted on May 19, 2017
The Government of Ontario has announced that it will spend $15 million on an environmental assessment (EA) to determine the feasibility of a high speed rail line in southwestern Ontario. The proposed line would run from Toronto to Windsor, with potential stops at Pearson International Airport, as well as in Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Chatham-Kent, and Windsor. The announcement was made by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in London, who suggested that the project is needed, in part, because Ontario is “outgrowing our current transportation network.” The [...]

Bidders selected for Brockville General Hospital redevelopment

Posted on May 18, 2017
Five companies have been invited to compete for the contract to build and finance the Brockville General Hospital Redevelopment Project. An open, competitive request for qualifications process, overseen by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Brockville General Hospital, began June 2015. This process identified five teams with the construction and financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and scope. The prequalified teams invited to submit proposals for the project are: EllisDon Corporation M. Sullivan and Son, Ltd. PCL Constructors Canada [...]

Ontario to overhaul land use planning appeals system

Posted on May 17, 2017
Ontario is taking action to overhaul the province's land use planning appeals system to give communities a stronger voice and ensure people have access to faster, fairer, and more affordable hearings. In the coming weeks, legislation will be introduced to create the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which would, if passed, replace the Ontario Municipal Board. The new tribunal would be mandated to give greater weight to the decisions of local communities, while ensuring that development and growth occurs in a way that is good for Ontario and its future. This [...]

London moving forward with bus rapid transit

Posted on May 17, 2017
The City of London is moving forward with a plan for a $440-million bus rapid transit (BRT) system. According to an article from the London Free Press, the finalized routes for the BRT would provide the city with access along major corridors in all directions, with access to the city core, Western University, Fanshawe College, and Victoria Hospital. One of the major sticking points had been the need to address an alternative route through a freight rail corridor, which runs just north of the downtown. However, an original plan for an underground tunnel [...]

SWIFT announces RFPQ/RFP for fibre-optic infrastructure

Posted on May 15, 2017
The Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Network is releasing a two stage Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ)/Request for Proposal (RFP) process this spring to begin investing nearly $300 million in building broadband in Southwestern Ontario. The network will be competitively bid and designed through a multi-stage RFPQ/RFP process. The RFPQ process will contain two stages and will be used to establish a list of pre-qualified Telecom Service Providers to submit proposal(s) in response to subsequent RFP(s) for the network construction. The [...]

Metrolinx orders LRVs from Alstom

Posted on May 12, 2017
Metrolinx has entered into an agreement to purchase 61 Citadis Spirit light rail transit vehicles (LRVs) from Alstom, with the intention of having them available for use on the Eglinton Crosstown project if necessary. Seventeen of the 61 LRVs will be purpose-built for use on the Finch West LRT, with the other 44 to be available for the Eglinton LRT, should they be needed to help open the line by the end of 2021. The LRVs were scheduled to be delivered by Bombardier, but the company’s ability to do so has been put into question based on their inability [...]

RFQ issued for Rutherford Station project

Posted on May 10, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build and finance the Rutherford Station project. The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service on the Barrie line. The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which includes: New multi-level parking structure with integrated station building Re-design of surface parking, kiss and ride, bus loop and pedestrian access Rail/road grade separation on Rutherford Road New [...]

Region of Waterloo issues transit hub RFQ

Posted on May 5, 2017
The Region of Waterloo has launched phase 1 of its bidding process to select the private developer who will build the large mixed-use transit hub on Victoria and King Street in Kitchener. The new transit hub will feature seamless access to multiple modes of transportation and integrated residential, office, and retail space. The hub will also connect the community to the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation corridor. The Region will sell the property to the selected private developer who will then build both the transit hall and accompanying buildings. Once [...]

Toronto issues RFP for smart traffic signals

Posted on May 5, 2017
As part of ongoing efforts to modernize its traffic signals, the City of Toronto has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the provision of a new, adaptive ‘smart traffic signal’ system. The city has operated about 350 smart signals since the early 1990s, but the current system has reached the end of its service life. The city is hopeful that international experts in the area of smart signals will respond to this RFP, giving Toronto a chance to adopt the best available technology. This RFP calls for a 30-intersection pilot project beginning in [...]

Winning design team selected for new Etobicoke Civic Centre

Posted on May 5, 2017
Build Toronto, in partnership with the City of Toronto, has announced Adamson Associates Architects, Henning Larsen Architects, and PMA Landscape Architects as the winning design team selected from the Etobicoke Civic Centre Design Competition to design a new 46,500-square-metre (500,000-square-foot) Etobicoke Civic Centre as part of the six-hectare (14-acre) Westwood Theatre Lands redevelopment. The winning design, developed by a partnership of architects from Toronto and Copenhagen, best satisfied the guiding principles established in the Request for [...]
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