Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a request for proposals (RFP) to three shortlisted teams in relation to the design, construction, financing, operations and maintenance of the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project in Ontario, Canada.
The teams were selected following a request for qualifications issued in October last year, based on their construction, design, operation and maintenance capability, experience, qualified personnel and financial capacity to deliver the project.
Hurontario LRT's development will involve the construction of roughly 20km of new dedicated rapid transit networks between Port Credit GO Station in Mississauga and Gateway Terminal in southern Brampton.
The shortlisted teams will be required to submit their proposals to IO and Metrolinx later this year after responding to the initial RFP.
The contract is expected to be awarded next year, when construction on the line is also due to begin.
Hurontario LRT will comprise 22 stops and connections to GO Transit's Milton and Lakeshore West lines, and is expected to provide a faster transportation alternative and reduce road congestion across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Metrolinx president and CEO John Jensen said: “The release of the RFP is a significant milestone and it brings the cities of Mississauga and Brampton one step closer to having light rail on the Hurontario corridor.
“The transformative, city-building project demonstrates Metrolinx’s commitment to bringing convenient and reliable transit in the region.”
The provincial government has agreed to provide C$1.4bn ($1.11bn) for the line's construction in Mississauga and southern Brampton,
Hurontario LRT is being delivered using IO's alternative financing and procurement (AFP) delivery model.
The rail network is expected to become operational in 2022.