The Government of Ontario agencies Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to construct and finance the Barrie Rail Corridor Expansion – Grading Project in Ontario, Canada.
IO and Metrolinx will evaluate the submissions and make a decision according to the applicants' relevant construction experience under the RFQ.
The scope of work will include double track expansion on the Barrie Corridor Line as well as track and signal upgrades to support the expansion with noise and retaining walls.
The project will also see bridge expansions at Sheppard Avenue West, Major Mackenzie Drive and Yonge Street, in addition to grading between Union Station and Aurora GO Station.
Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca said: “Our government is focused on delivering a world-class transit and transportation system that keeps Ontario moving.
“We are making continued progress, as demonstrated with the start of procurement for infrastructure upgrades along the Barrie GO Line.”
Qualified teams will be invited to respond to a request for proposals this year following the submissions by interested parties.
Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli said: “The Barrie Rail Corridor project is critical to the expansion of rail services under Metrolinx's Regional Express Rail.
“Our government recognises the importance of critical transit improvements because they keep people and goods moving, communities growing, and help build Ontario up."
The project is a part of Metrolinx's wider series of developments in support of GO Regional Express Rail (RER).
GO RER will provide faster and more convenient transit service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), and includes the electrification of core segments and the expansion of rail network by 2024-25.
The transit line is expected to witness significant increase in ridership following completion, providing new travel choices, reduce journey times and congestion across the GTHA.
Image: GO Transit's Bombardier BiLevel car at Barrie South GO Station in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.Photo: GTD Aquitaine.