TORONTO — The Ontario government recently announced it has issued two requests for proposals for procurement packages to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Ontario Line subway project planned for Toronto.
The Preliminary Design Business Case for the Ontario Line was also released, stated a Dec. 17 release.
The shortlisted teams are now invited by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx to bid on two RFP packages. The first includes designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining the subway trains, communications and train control systems, a maintenance and storage facility, and the fare equipment that will be integrated with the PRESTO system. The second includes designing, building and financing the tunnels and transit stations for the southern segment of the line from Exhibition Place to west of the Don River. It also includes utility and conduit work and building structures to prepare for track installation.
IO and Metrolinx expect to award these contracts in 2022. The Ontario Line is being built under three separate P3 contracts and a package of Early Works contracts.
“By issuing these first Ontario Line RFPs, Premier (Doug) Ford’s vision for a world-class regional transit system continues to make steady progress,” said Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney in a statement. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our economy, and major transit projects like this will contribute significantly to our recovery by stimulating future growth and job creation.”
The statement noted the system will have a high degree of automation. During rush hour, trains will be arriving at each station every 90 seconds.
The business case report forecasts the project will create 4,700 construction jobs per year between 2020 and 2030. It is estimated the Ontario Line could deliver 388,000 trips per day by 2041.
The system will extend 15.6 kilometres between Exhibition/Ontario Place to the Ontario Science Centre, with 15 transit stations, including new connections to GO Transit, existing TTC subway stations and streetcar lines, and the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit line.
In addition to the three P3 contracts, some segments of the Ontario Line will be procured separately, including areas where it will run within GO Transit rail corridors. Work on these sections is expected to start before construction commences on the three major work packages, and procurement has already begun for the early works that will take place at Exhibition Station.