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The city of Edmonton has announced that TransEd Partners has been selected to design, build, operate, maintain and finance stage one of Edmonton's Valley Line LRT.
The selected consortium includes Bechtel Canada Company, Bechtel Development Company, Fengate Capital Management Ltd., EllisDon Capital, EllisDon Civil, EllisDon Facility Services, Veolia Transportation, Inc., IBI Group, Bombardier Transportation Canada, Inc., Arup Canada Inc., American Bridge Canada Company.
The group was chosen following an 18-month procurement process that accepted proposals from three international teams. The winning team beat out competition from a team led by ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions North America, Inc., and Meridiam; and another team led by SNC"Lavalin.
Teams were evaluated on their experience in the design and construction of LRT systems as well as operation, maintenance and finance, the city said in a statement.
Acting city manager Linda Cochrane said:
"We feel confident that TransEd Partners shares Edmonton's vision for its future, and is the right partner to bring this vision to life. The procurement process on this project has been very robust and the final deal is one that offers strong value for taxpayers."
The project is anticipated to be approximately 13 km long extending from 102 Street Stop to Mill Woods Town Centre. Along the alignment there are 11 at-grade neighbourhood stops and one above-grade station at Davies Station. The line will integrate directly into existing communities, with an initial projected daily ridership of 31,500 passengers, increasing to 42,000 by 2044. The project will operate separately from the city's other existing LRT lines.
Key structures of the project include a tunnel connecting downtown Edmonton to the River Valley (approximately 0.5 km), a new river bridge crossing the North Saskatchewan River and an operations and maintenance facility.
The project involves the design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) the new light rail transit project over a 30- year period.
The total value of the project is up to CAD$1.8 billion with CAD$600 million coming from the provincial government, and CAD$800 million from the city.
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