Three shortlisted for Ontario GO station PPP

Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx are leading procurement for the Rutherford Station project.

Three teams have been shortlisted for a public-private partnership to redevelop the Rutherford GO Station in Vaughan, Ontario.

EllisDon Infrastructure Transit, Link Rutherford Station and Steelhead were the teams picked to respond to a request for proposals set to be released this autumn. The project will add new rail platforms and a platform canopy, a 1,200-spot parking structure and a pedestrian tunnel, while redesigning the parking lot, passenger drop-off area, bus loop and pedestrian access areas to the station.

The improvements are needed for a planned expansion of the GO Transit rail service on the Barrie line. The wider service caters to the greater Toronto and Hamilton region and improvements aim to increase the number of weekly trips from 1,500 to 6,000 by 2025.

Procurement of the project has been tasked to two crown agencies, with Infrastructure Ontario leading the process and collaborating with Metrolinx.

The EllisDon team comprises: EllisDon Civil, leading construction; EllisDon Capital, serving as financial advisor; and five firms led by Amec Foster Wheeler in charge of design. Aecom leads design for the Steelhead team, with Aecon Infrastructure Management leading construction and Scotiabank serving as financial advisor. For the Link Rutherford Station consortium, ACS Infrastructure Canada and Stonebridge Financial Corporation are the financial advisors, with Mott MacDonald leading design and Dragados Canada leading construction.