Preferred proponent selected for Toronto rail tunnel project
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have selected Toronto Tunnel Partners (TTP) as the preferred proponent to design, build and finance the Highway 401 rail tunnel project, in support of the province’s GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program.
The scope of work for the project includes the construction of a second tunnel to accommodate two tracks under Highways 401/409 allowing for more frequent GO rail service. It also includes future signalling, communications infrastructure, and replacing footings of retaining walls.
The new tunnel may also support future high speed rail service on this corridor”
“Ontario is moving forward to double capacity on the Kitchener GO Corridor,” said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation. “The new rail tunnel under Highways 401 and 409 will support two-way, all-day service along the corridor through our GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program, making it easier and more convenient than ever before to take the GO. The new tunnel may also support future high speed rail service on this corridor.”
The project is being delivered using IO’s Alternative Financing and Procurement model, which transfers the appropriate risks associated with design, construction and financing of the project to the private sector.
“Improving commute times and easing congestion are critical for families and businesses, and a priority for our government. I look forward to the completion of the Highway 401 Rail Tunnel project, which directly supports local jobs and a strong economy,” added Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure.
The project is slated for completion in Summer 2021.