EllisDon Transit Infrastructure (EDTI) team has secured a $254.5m contract from Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx to design, build and finance the Stouffville Corridor Stations Improvement project of the province’s GO Regional Express Rail (RER) programme in Canada.
The EDTI team comprises EllisDon Capital (applicant lead), EllisDon Civil (construction), WSP/MMM (design) and EllisDon Capital (financial advisor).
The work includes upgrades to tracks, platforms with canopies, new pedestrian connections and amenities at the Milliken, Agincourt, and Unionville GO stations along the Stouffville Corridor, and a road/rail grade separation at Steeles Avenue, with a railway overpass bridge.
The Stouffville GO corridor is part of a larger plan to improve overall GO Transit service, including the delivery of GO RER.
GO RER is expected to provide faster and more frequent service across the GO rail network, with electrified service on core segments, including the Union Pearson Express, by 2024-25.
Weekly trips across the GO rail network are expected to increase from 1,500 to nearly 6,000 by 2024-25.
Minister for Transportation Kathryn McGarry said: “Today’s announcement is good news for the people who use the Stouffville GO line, and is a good example of how our government is moving forward with Regional Express Rail that will deliver exceptional service to people living across the GTHA.
“The communities along the line will benefit from better GO service, along with useful customer features like new platform canopies and new pedestrian connections.”
EDTI will commence design in March 2018. Construction will begin in September 2018 and substantial completion is expected by December 2020.
The project is being delivered using IO’s Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model under which appropriate risks associated with design, construction and financing of the project will be transferred to the private sector.
The province is investing $21.3bn to transform the GO Transit Network from a commuter transit system to a regional rapid transit system.
Minister for Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli said: “Improving commute times and easing congestion are critical for families and businesses, and a priority for our government.
“I look forward to the completion of the Stouffville Corridor Stations Improvement project, which directly supports local jobs and a strong economy.”