Metrolinx purchases three CN Rail stations: Transit service plans renovations for several additional stations
GTA Construction Report staff writer
Metrolinx has announced it has negotiated the purchase three CN Rail stations that GO Transit currently shares with VIA in Georgetown, Brampton and Oshawa. “The $2.5 million purchase will make it easier for Metrolinx to modernize and upgrade these popular GO rail stations providing a benefit to communities and all rail passengers,” a Metrolinx news release says.
“We’re excited about these purchases because improving GO stations is an important part of The Big Move, Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan to create more modern and customer friendly facilities,” said Greg Percy, president of GO Transit.
“This investment will make it easier for Metrolinx to modernize and make improvements to these properties and continue to work on making public transit the more convenient commuting option,” Percy said..
The Metrolinx news release says the organization is upgrading a number of its 63 GO stations including Bloor, Weston, Burlington, Clarkson, Pickering, Whitby, Guildwood, Long Branch, Eglinton, Mimico, and Kipling. Station improvements include installing or repairing elevators at all stations, providing accessible parking and washrooms, and building suitable areas for customers to wait for trains and purchase tickets/load PRESTO cards.
Renovations to older stations also include: snow-melting systems installed in platforms, heated and covered shelters, improving pedestrian access, exterior electronic schedules and improvements to the passenger drop off and pick up areas. Metrolinx is also adding more parking at a variety of GO stations.
Metrolinx says it is investing $16 billion in public transit “to make it a more convenient, integrated and faster commuting option,” the news release says. “Significant projects are underway, and many are nearing completion and new services are being added. Metrolinx is now embarking on an ambitious 10-year plan to implement Regional Express Rail service on all seven GO corridors.”
Three teams prequalified to build and design York Viva Bus Rapid Transit rapidways
Metrolinx, The Regional Municipality of York and Infrastructure Ontario announced the three teams prequalified to design, build and finance the next phase of York Viva Bus Rapid Transit rapidways in the cities of Vaughan and Markham.
Based on a request for qualifications issued in December 2013, three teams were prequalified and will be invited to respond to a request for proposals (RFP) to be issued in late summer 2014. Each prequalified team successfully demonstrated they had the required design and construction capability, experience, and the financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and scope, according to a news release.
The expanded vivaNext rapid transit system will make it easy to travel in and around York Region and connect to other transit systems across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The vivaNext rapidways will reduce travel times and increase reliability of existing transit service along the heavily congested sections of the transit corridors. Dedicated bus lanes will provide fast and reliable transit service, while reducing delays caused by frequent stops to pick up and drop off passengers.
In Vaughan, the next phase of the vivaNext rapidway will include approximately 12 kilometres of dedicated bus lanes on Highway 7 with nine median stations and one curbside station. It will run from Helen Street to Interchange Way/Edgeley Boulevard, and from Bowes Road to Yonge Street via the existing Centre Street and Bathurst Street Viva route.
In Markham, the next phase of the vivaNext rapidways will include approximately two kilometres of rapidway along the Simcoe Promenade and the YMCA Boulevard with two curbside stations. Flexibility will be built into the design to allow for coordination with future development in Markham Centre. Infrastructure Ontario is responsible for managing the Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) process for this portion of the vivaNext rapidways. Once the contract is awarded, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (YRRTC) will oversee the construction operations and York Region will operate YRT/Viva service. Metrolinx will retain ownership of the assets.
The York Viva BRT project received $1.4 billion from the Government of Ontario, and is an example of The Big Move in action – Metrolinx’s 25-year plan to implement a common vision for transportation in the GTHA. The project is being implemented by Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario. Visit metrolinx.com more information.
York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (YRRTC) is responsible for the planning, design and construction of the full vivaNext rapid transit network and related infrastructure to deliver on the transit priorities set out in the York Region Transportation Master Plan. YRRTC is a wholly-owned subsidiary and share capital corporation of The Regional Municipality of York.