Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx, two government agencies in Ontario, have issued a request for qualifications for developers to submit proposals to build the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project.
Developers that qualify to bid on the $1.4 billion transit project will be notified in spring 2017. The winning developer will be contracted to design, build, finance, operate and maintain 20 kilometres of transit line west of Toronto, 22 stops, a maintenance and storage facility, and a fleet of light-rail vehicles.
Bruce McCuaig, chief executive of Metrolinx, said in a statement: “Moving forward with procurement for the Hurontario LRT represents a major step towards improving transit in Peel Region.”
“Our transit investments are further proof of our government's commitment to provide accessible, modern transit infrastructure to improve the quality of life for Ontarians,” Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca added.
Infrastructure Ontario, a government procurement organisation for infrastructure and real estate projects, and Metrolinx, the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority, said submissions will be evaluated by the financial ability of the project teams to complete the project. Infrastructure Ontario is partnering with a private sector participant using its Alternative Financing and Procurement model to transfer project risks to the developer.
Construction of the light rail is scheduled to begin in 2018, and is expected to be complete by 2022.