4TRANSIT JV wins $238m Metrolinx contract for Regional Express Rail programme


The 4TRANSIT joint venture (JV) has secured a C$300m ($238m) contract to provide technical advisory services for two major work packages tendered under Metrolinx's ten-year Regional Express Rail (RER) capital programme.

The JV includes equal contribution from WSP Canada Group, Hatch and Parsons.

Hatch Infrastructure global managing director Michael Schatz said: “Hatch is very pleased to be serving Metrolinx and the GTHA community by working on the Regional Express Rail programme with our joint venture partners. 

“Through collaboration, technical excellence and a focus on outcomes, we look forward to a successful implementation of the programme.”

The C$13.5bn ($10.72bn) initiative has been devised to modernise the GO Transit rail network in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), and includes a C$7bn ($5.56bn) State of Good Repair and Optimisation and Expansion programme.

"This massive transformation of the GO rail network represents the convergence of innovative technology and a fast-track infrastructure expansion that will benefit everyone in the GTHA."

The network will be coverted into a two-way electrified service, enabling trains to run at 15-minute intervals throughout the day.

It is expected to increase the total number of services across the GO Transit system significantly, as well as reduce journey times for select cross-region transit trips by up to 50%.

Parsons Infrastructure Group president Mike Johnson said: “This massive transformation of the GO rail network represents the convergence of innovative technology and a fast-track infrastructure expansion that will benefit everyone in the GTHA. 

“Metrolinx has entrusted Parsons and the entire 4TRANSIT team to help bring this important project to fruition, drawing on our extensive rail transit experience in Canada and across the world.”

It is estimated that GO Transit’s total ridership will increase to around 127 million customers within five years of the RER Capital Programme’s completion, according to Metrolinx.