Canada’s Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Toronto public transport agency Metrolinx have issued requests for proposals to three consortia shortlisted to design, build, finance and maintain the Finch West light rail transit (LRT) project.
The shortlisted consortia include Humber Valley Transit Partners, Mosaic Transit Group and FACT Partners.
Scope of work under the project will include construction of new 11km, dedicated light rail transit between Humber College and the new Finch West Subway Station on the Toronto-York Spadina subway extension.
The line will have 16 intermediate stops at ground level, a below-grade terminus stop at Humber College and an underground interchange station at the TTC’s Finch West subway station.
As part of the project, a maintenance and storage facility will also be built for the light rail vehicles (LRVs), while other required components include trackworks, signaling, communications and public realm infrastructure.
The project is to be carried out using IO’s alternative financing and procurement model, which is intended to transfer ‘appropriate’ design, construction, financing and maintenance risks to the private sector.
Ontario minister of transportation Steven Del Duca said: "The Finch West LRT line will help create jobs and transform priority neighbourhoods along Finch Avenue West into vibrant communities accessible to motorists, transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians alike.
"The LRT service will move more people, faster than bus service today, through the busy Finch West corridor. It will also provide interregional connects through GO Transit bus services, as well as Mississauga and Brampton local bus services at Humber College."
Preliminary construction works under the project are expected to begin this year and major works would start next year, with completion planned for 2021.
The teams were selected based on criteria identified in the request for qualifications process that began last September.
The Humber Valley Transit Partners consortium is comprised SNC-Lavalin, Graham, SNC-Lavalin, ACI, and National Bank, Scotia Capital, the Mosaic Transit Group includes ACS, Aecon, CRH, and RBC Capital Markets, while FACT Partners is comprised EllisDon, Bechtel, Herzog Transit and EllisDon Capital.
The teams will now prepare proposals that will detail how they will design, build and finance the project, as well as how they will maintain the LRT system for a 30-year period.
Following completion, the new LRT line will help transform Finch Avenue West into a community accessible to motorists, transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians alike.
Metrolinx president and CEO Bruce McCuaig said: "Once in service, the Finch West LRT line will increase the transit capacity by three times per trip as compared to the existing bus trip capacity today.
"This project forms part of the government of Ontario’s $8.4bn (2010$) commitment to expand rapid transit in the City of Toronto, and is included in The Big Move, Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan for Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)."
Image: Finch West LRT to deliver 11km of new, dedicated rapid transit in Toronto. Photo: courtesy of CNW Group/Infrastructure Ontario.