Ontario Construction News staff writer
Two requests for qualifications (RFQ) for building of underground stations and tunnels on a northern segment of the Ontario Line – underneath Pape Avenue between the Gerrard portal and the Don Valley bridge and the construction of three kilometres of elevated tracks in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park.
“These milestones bring us one step closer to delivering a world-class transit system for the GTA,” said Caroline Mulroney, minister of transportation. “Our government continues to work at an unprecedented pace to move the Ontario Line forward, alleviating gridlock on our roads and creating thousands of good local jobs.”
The province also awarded the rolling stock, systems, operations and maintenance (RSSOM) contract to Connect 6ix. The contract includes designing and supplying the Ontario Line fleet of trains and designing and building the maintenance and storage facility.
Subway train renderings prepared by Connect 6ix show early-concept designs that will be finalized after further consultation with municipal partners and communities.
The trains will feature onboard Wi-Fi, digital passenger information screens, charging points, dedicated spaces for bicycles, double wheelchair areas, and continuous, connected carriages.
Ontario’s transit plan for the Greater Toronto Area is the largest joint investment in transit in the region’s history – which includes the all-new Ontario Line, the three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension, the Yonge North Subway Extension and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension.
The 15-stop Ontario Line will extend 15.6-kilometres from Exhibition/Ontario Place to the Ontario Science Centre and will offer more than 40 transit connections to other subway, bus, streetcar, light-rail transit and regional rail services, linking communities from east to west, north to south.
Early works construction for the Ontario Line is already underway at Exhibition Station, at the site of the future Corktown and Moss Park stations, and in the joint corridor west of the Don River.
By 2041, the Ontario Line will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 14,000 tonnes annually and cut overall fuel consumption by more than 7 million litres a year – the equivalent to nearly 120,000 fill ups at the pump.
“We have worked tirelessly as a team, engaging the market to understand how best to procure these works even as the world dealt with an unprecedented set of conditions and challenges,” said Michael Lindsay, president and CEO of Infrastructure Ontario. “As we move forward with more procurements, we will continue to think deliberately about project packaging and risk as we work with our partners to implement the government’s historic plan for subways in the GTHA.”