RFP for $1.4bn Vancouver light rail out

A long-gestating PPP to build a light rail line is nearing its denouement with the three shortlisted teams asked to submit proposals for the so-called Evergreen Line Rapid Transit project by April 2012.

A request for proposals (RFP) for a transit line seeking to connect Vancouver, British Columbia, to its neighbouring suburban west went out last Thursday.

Three consortia were shortlisted for the public-private partnership (PPP), dubbed the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit project. They will be required to submit proposals by April 2012. A preferred proponent is expected to be selected in summer 2012, with construction starting thereafter, and the line slated to open in summer 2016.

The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure had issued a request for qualifications for the Evergreen Line in July 2010. The project, an 11-kilometre track, has an estimated cost of C$1.4 billion (€1 billion; $1.38 billion), and would result in a 15 minute commute from Vancouver to its bordering suburb.

The July RFQ landed a response from seven consortia. The three consortia chosen for the RFP include:

– EL Partners  –  Vinci, BA Blacktop, Bombardier Transportation Canada, Ausenco Engineering Canada, HNTB Canada, GENIVAR, Merrick Architecture, Exp Services, and McEcElhanney Engineering Services; 

– Kiewit/Flatiron Evergreen Line – Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co., Flatiron Constructors Canada, Hochtief, Parsons Canada, Hatch Mott MacDonald and Stantec Consulting;

– SNC-Lavalin  – SNC-Lavalin, Graham Building Services, International Bridge Technologies, Jacobs Associates Canada Corporation, PCL Constructors West Coast, Rizzani de Eccher, S.E.L.I. Societa Esecuzione Lavori Idraulici and MMM Group.

The project was originally expected to begin construction this year and conclude in 2014. A spokeswoman for the ministry was unavailable to comment on the reason for the postponed timeline.