Infrastructure Ontario has announced the request for proposals period for the GO Transit East Rail Maintenance Facility project is now closed and the short-listed bidders have submitted their proposals.
A private partner will be chosen to design, build finance and maintain the building, which will be located in the Town of Whitby. With significant population growth in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, the facility is a top transit priority and will allow Metrolinx's operating division, GO Transit, to expand maintenance capacity and increase ridership on all existing GO lines.
When complete, the East Rail Maintenance Facility will accommodate light and heavy maintenance work and provide additional train storage and daily maintenance for up to 22trains, each having 12 cars. The project will make public transit more reliable in the region.
Over the next couple of months, Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx will evaluate submissions, select a preferred proposal and negotiate a final contract with a preferred bidder. The entire process is being overseen by a fairness monitor. A successful team will be announced in winter 2014.
The federal government will provide a portion of the funding for eligible construction costs.The three teams shortlisted for the project were the following:East Rail Development Group