Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx are seeking bids from potential firms to design build, finance, operate and maintain the GO Rail expansion project in Canada.
The two firms have jointly issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties for work involving operation of train services including train driving; timetable planning, train control and dispatch for all operators across the GO-owned network; and construction of new maintenance and train storage and/or layover facilities.
The selected bidder will be required to design, build, finance, integration, maintenance of the railway corridor (civil infrastructure, tracks, electrification, signaling), as well as reconstruct Union Station track and platforms.
Work will also include refurbishment, maintenance, servicing and cleaning of all rolling stock and procurement of new rolling stock.
Canada Transportation Minister Kathryn McGarry said: “Today's announcement is a major milestone in the delivery of all-day two-way electrified train service, more station stops and more service to get commuters where they need to be sooner.”
IO said that the all of the work for the GO Rail expansion project will be carried out in compliance with Metrolinx safety, security and emergency management policies.
Canada Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli said: “GO RER will make service on the GO Transit Rail network faster and more frequent, making commuting easier and raising quality of life for Ontarians.”
The project forms a part of the province's C$21.3bn ($16.6bn) GO Expansion (RER) programme, which aims to provide faster and more frequent service on the GO Transit Rail network.
Recently, IO and Metrolinx have issued a RFQ for potential firms to build and finance the Lakeshore East - West Corridor Expansion project to help accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service on the Lakeshore East line.