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Plans for Toronto’s Kipling Station to be redeveloped as regional transit hub

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TORONTO — Ontario has announced plans to turn Toronto’s Kipling stations into a major transit hub that integrates subway, regional rail and inter-regional bus services.

At the same time, Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to invite three prequalified teams to design, build and finance the Kipling Bus Terminal project.

Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca was joined by Peter Milczyn, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore; Yvan Baker, MPP for Etobicoke Centre; Bonnie Crombie, mayor of Mississauga; councillor Josh Colle, TTC chair; and Michael Wolczyk, Metrolinx vice-president, corridor infrastructure, at Kipling GO Station on April 3 to announce the hub initiative.

The redevelopment includes the area around the Kipling GO Station and the TTC’s Kipling subway station. The station will integrate the subway, GO train and local and regional bus services, including GO, TTC and MiWay services, into a single mobility hub through a new inter-regional bus terminal.

Work on the Kipling station and Milton corridor is part of a larger, system-wide plan to improve overall GO Transit service, including the delivery of GO Regional Express Rail by 2024-25.

Three bidders were selected in the Request for Qualifications process that began in November 2016: Bird/Kiewit JV, EllisDon Infrastructure Transit and Kipling Infrastructure Partnership.

Members of the Bird/Kiewit JV team participating in the RFP process include Bird Design-Build Construction Inc. and Peter Kiewit Sons ULC, developer and constructor; Stantec as designer; and Kiewit Development Bird Capital as financial advisor.

The EllisDon Infrastructure Transit team includes EllisDon Capital Inc. as developer; EllisDon Design-Build Inc. as constructor; Strasman Architects, NAK Design Strategies and WSP Canada Inc. as designer; and EllisDon Capital Inc. as financial advisor.

The Kipling Infrastructure Partnership team features Buttcon Ltd. and OHL Canada as developer; Buttcon Ltd., OHL Canada and Grascan Construction Ltd. as constructor; Reinders + Rieder Ltd. as designer; and Stonebridge Financial Corporation as financial advisor.

A successful bidder is expected to be announced in fall 2017.

The scope of work at Kipling includes an elevated pedestrian bridge; a pedestrian underground tunnel; a new entrance; renovations to the existing Kipling GO station building and existing TTC pedestrian pick-up and drop-off building; a new bus terminal building for MiWay and GO Transit; complete site infrastructure including parking upgrades and improved vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian access; and a new extension of Acorn Avenue south of Dundas Street West with vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian access, including traffic signals.

The Kipling station project will be undertaken using the alternative financing and procurement delivery method.

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