Aecon team progresses to talks on GO Rail expansion

The project will electrify and transform the GO rail network into a system that will deliver two-way, all-day service (©GCR, illustration by Denis Carrier)
A consortium involving Canada’s Aecon Group Inc., called ONxpress Transportation Partners, has been named “first negotiations proponent” for the project to design, build, operate and maintain the GO Rail Expansion On-Corridor Works project in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and rail operator Metrolinx.

The project will electrify and transform the GO rail network into a system that will deliver two-way, all-day service.

ONxpress Transportation Partners is a consortium comprised of Aecon, FCC Construcción S.A. (FCC), Deutsche Bahn International Operations GmbH and Alstom.

Aecon said it holds a 50% interest in a civil joint venture with FCC, which is undertaking the construction, and a 28% interest in a 25-year operations and maintenance partnership with Deutsche Bahn International Operations.

Metrolinx and IO now enter negotiations with ONxpress Transportation Partners to confirm the technical and financial details proposed in their bid.

If the negotiations succeed in the coming weeks, the next step will be the confirmation of commercial close, at which time Metrolinx will enter into a development phase.

Early works and a two-year collaborative development phase are expected to commence in the second quarter of 2022, with operations and maintenance anticipated to commence in the second quarter of 2024.

“We are pleased to bring our preeminent and multidisciplinary expertise to this transformational project that will significantly improve regional rapid transit service across the GTA, with increased frequency, faster trains, additional stations and seamless connections,” said Jean-Louis Servranckx, Aecon chief executive.

“This is one of the largest transportation investments in Canada and we are proud to work with Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx and our partners to deliver this world-class, sustainable project.”

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