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Infrastructure Ontario issues Hamilton light rail RFQ

The procuring agency has issued a request for developers interested in building a 14-stop light rail in Canada’s most populated province.

Infrastructure Ontario, along with local transit authority Metrolinx, has released a Request for Qualifications calling for developers to submit plans to build the Hamilton Light Rail Transit project.

The procuring agencies are looking for a developer to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an 11km extension of light rail service in one of the busiest transit corridors in Hamilton. The project, which includes 14 stops with connections to the bus network, will be located close to the Hamilton GO Central station. Infrastructure Ontario is also looking for a developer to build a storage facility for light rail vehicles.

The Ontario government has committed to providing $1 billion for the project.

Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx will assess developers’ experience and financial robustness to determine whether they can deliver a project of this size and complexity, according to a statement.

“Our government has been steadfastly focused on delivering better rapid transit options that will help get Ontario moving,” said Steven Del Duca, transportation minister in Ontario.

The province’s Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli added: “As part of the largest infrastructure investment in the province’s history, this important project will generate economic benefits for the Hamilton area, create jobs, and keep people moving.”

Infrastructure Ontario expects to issue a Request for Proposals this summer.