Ontario Reaches Next Milestone On Priority Subway Projects

Published on August 05, 2020

Province has shortlisted teams to advance tunnelling work on the Scarborough Subway Extension and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension projects

August 5, 2020 11:00 A.M.

Ministry of Transportation

TORONTO - Ontario has shortlisted three teams each to advance tunnelling work on the Scarborough Subway Extension and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension projects, part of the largest subway expansion in the province's history.

Teams were shortlisted based on criteria identified in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process that began in March 2020. Criteria included design and construction experience and the financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and complexity. Teams with the top three scores were then shortlisted for each project.

"When our government was elected, we immediately reached out to listen to the market to ensure there was capacity and competition to bid on priority projects," said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. "The market has responded in an overwhelmingly positive manner and this shortlist is made up of a strong mix of Canadian and international bidders."

These teams will be invited to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) to begin preparing their submissions that detail how they will deliver the project. Upon evaluating the proposals received, Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx expect to award these tunnelling contracts in mid-2021.

"Investments in infrastructure projects will be essential for getting people back to work and improving the quality of life for people throughout the GTA," said Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA). " This shortlist is another key milestone that should send a clear signal that our government is ready to work with leaders in the private sector and all levels of the government to deliver on these four nationally significant subway projects."

In April 2019, the province announced its new Subway Transit Plan for the GTA with a preliminary estimated cost of $28.5 billion. This includes four priority transit projects: the all-new Ontario Line; a three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension; the Yonge North Subway Extension; and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension.

Quick Facts

  • The Scarborough Subway Extension, an approximately 8 km long extension of the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) Bloor-Danforth Line 2 from the existing terminus Kennedy Station, will provide 38,000 more people with walking distance access to rapid transit and see 105,000 daily boardings.
  • The Eglinton Crosstown West Extension will extend the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit project, currently under construction, by 9.2 km from Mount Dennis Station to Renforth Drive and will see a 23 per cent increase in weekday boardings on the Mississauga Transitway and eastward section of the Crosstown LRT, with 31,000 more jobs within a 10-minute walk to a station and a total of 37,000 daily boardings expected.

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