Ontario Getting People Moving with GO Rail Expansion Program
Prequalified Bidders for GO Expansion Project Announced
Toronto — Ontario's government for the people is moving forward with the next stage of the GO Rail Expansion program that will improve and expand GO train service into a two-way, all-day rapid transit service every 15 minutes on core segments of the GO Rail network.
"The GO Expansion program is transforming GO Transit to make life easier for people by shortening commutes, reducing congestion and getting people to work and home faster," said Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek. "Our government is committed to improving the transit experience for people and to ensuring that the GTHA continues to grow and prosper as one, integrated region."
A Request for Proposals will be sent to the pre-qualified teams who will be bidding to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the infrastructure for the largest capital project in the GO Expansion program, the On-Corridor Works project. The four teams pre-qualified to bid on the project are EnTransit, MTR Kiewit Partners, ONcore Transit, and ONxpress Transportation Partners.
"The GO Rail Expansion program will make travelling across the GTHA a faster, easier and a more seamless experience for commuters," said Infrastructure Minister Monte McNaughton. "Partnering with the private sector to deliver this program will minimize construction delays and financial risks to taxpayers. That allows us to protect front-line services and programs that matter to people - all while bringing good jobs and new investment to this region."
Through the GO Rail Expansion program, Ontario's government is delivering on its commitment to improve the customer experience throughout the GO Transit network. Programs like free travel for children 12 years and under, and historic increases to GO service are putting commuters and people who rely on public transit first.
"Ontario's government is protecting what matters most to people," said Minister Yurek. "We are investing in front-line services and programs, including the GO Rail Expansion program, that will show the world that Ontario is open for business and open for jobs, and make a real difference in people's lives."
“We are passionate about connecting communities, and even more excited about the private sector partnerships that are being developed to ensure we have the right technological solution that will enable people to get where they want to go faster and easier,” said Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Verster. “We are delivering improved transit right now, and we are excited for what the future holds to connect people to where they live, work and play.”
“We have strong teams bidding on the project combining proven international and local experience," said Infrastructure Ontario President and CEO Ehren Cory. "We look forward to seeing their innovative proposals to build and operate the GO Rail Expansion program for the benefit of the entire region.”