Mobilinx consortium selected for £860m Hurontario LRT project in Canada

WCN Editorial Team 28 Aug 2019 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Mobilinx consortium has been selected by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, which is expected to cost C$1.4bn (£860m).

The consortium comprises applicant lead (John Laing, Astaldi, Hitachi, Transdev, Amico Concessions, Salini Impregilo); construction (Astaldi, Hitachi, Amico, Bot, Salini Impregilo); design (IBI Group, Hitachi, Morrison Hershfield, Arcadis, Daoust Lestage, Exp); operation maintenance and rehabilitation provider (Transdev, Hitachi, Astaldi, Salini Impregilo); and financial advisor (National Bank, HSBC).

The Mobilinx consortium has been selected after an open, fair and competitive procurement process, which was overseen by a third-party fairness monitor.

In August 2017, three teams were shortlisted and invited to respond to a request for proposals after an open and transparent request for qualifications process. Two teams, Mobilinx and Trillium Transit Partners, submitted proposals.

The contract is expected to be awarded later in 2019 to be followed shortly by design work.

The Hurontario LRT project includes 18km of new rapid transit between Port Credit GO Station in Mississauga to the Gateway Terminal at Steeles Avenue in Brampton.

The project will include 19 stops with connections to GO Transit’s Milton and Lakeshore West rail lines, Mississauga MiWay, Brampton Transit, Züm, and the Mississauga Transitway BRT at Square One.

A maintenance and storage facility will be constructed south of Highway 407 and west of Kennedy Road for the light rail vehicles.

Part of the government’s commitment to expanding transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, the LRT will run along Hurontario Street in Mississauga and Brampton and be integrated with municipal transit systems.

Expected to be completed in 2022, the project will provide reliable and comfortable journey to passengers riding on the LRT system, and reduce traffic congestion, greenhouse gases, fuel consumption, daily travel time, and the number of buses travelling along Hurontario Street.

The LRT project is expected to generate employment opportunities during the design and construction, produce benefits for commuters, as well as revitalise development along Hurontario Street.

According to Infrastructure Ontario, the LRT project will transform Hurontario into a vibrant people-centred corridor connecting communities and empowering growth for the next 30 years.

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Image: Rendering of Hamilton LRT in Cooksville. Photo: Courtesy of Infrastructure Ontario.

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