Eyeing expansion, Canadian transit system issues RFQ

The Rutherford GO Station in Vaughan, Ontario is set to see major improvements as the province aims to quadruple trips on its GO Regional Express Rail network by 2025.

The Canadian province of Ontario has issued a request for qualifications as it looks to improve a regional bus and rail transit station in the city of Vaughan in the Greater Toronto Area.

The project to redevelop the Rutherford GO Station will add new rail platforms and a platform canopy, a 1,200-spot parking structure and a pedestrian tunnel while redesigning the parking lot, kiss and ride, bus loop and pedestrian access areas. The RFQ, issued by the Crown agencies Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx, seeks parties to design, build and finance the project, which will begin construction in 2018.

Canadian Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca called the announcement an “important milestone in our progress in providing 15-minute, two-way all-day service to our community and all those along the Barrie GO rail corridor”. Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua said the plan “demonstrates the Province of Ontario’s commitment to municipalities by making it easier for residents to access transit”.

When completed, the project will increase service along the Barrie GO (originally Government of Ontario) corridor. The improvements come as part of an effort to ramp up the GO Regional Express Rail network, which plans to increase the number of weekly trips from 1,500 to 6,000 by 2025.