Three onboard for Ottawa’s $2.2bn light rail PPP

Teams led by ACS, Bouygues and Vinci have been shortlisted to submit a bid by summer 2012, with an award expected by the end of next year.

A three-bidder shortlist has been announced in a public-private partnership (PPP) for a light rail project in Ottawa, Canada. 

Ottawa Transit Partners – featuring Vinci Concessions – Rideau Transit Group – led by ACS Infrastructure Canada – and Rideau Transit Partners – spearheaded  by Bouygues Travaux Publics – responded to a request for qualifications and are each slated to put forth a bid by July 2012, according to ottwalightrail.ca, a website devoted to the project.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson in a statement pointed out how “collectively” the three-team shortlist has built C$100 billion of light rail.

The Ottawa project is worth C$2.1 billion (€1.5 billion; $2.2 billion). Dubbed the ORLT Project, the light rail is expected to generate C$3 billion in economic activity, according to the statement. The PPP will have a 15-year maintenance term. The request for proposals (RFP) process has an expected nine-month timeframe.

The PPP will entail a 3.2-kilometre tunnel and a 12.5-kilometre, 13-station electric light rail line to replace on-street bus transportation in downtown Ottawa. The city engaged Infrastructure Ontario to lead the PPP process.

Ottawa Transit Partners, led by Vinci, has teamed up with Acciona, Aecon Construction Group and Bombardier Transportation Canada. Rideau Transit Group, featuring ACS Infrastructure Canada, also counts EllisDon Corporation, Dragados Canada, SNC-Lavalin and Veolia Transportation.

Finnaly, Rideau Transit Partners, featuring Bouygues, includes Brookfield Financial Corporation, Fiera Axium Infrastructure Canada, Parsons Enterprises, Colas Rail and Johnson Controls.

A preferred bidder is expected to be named by December 2012, although Mayor Watson has already discerned the tender's true winner: “The clear winner in this process will be Ottawa,” he remarked.