TORONTO — Toronto Tunnel Partners (TTP) has been selected by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx as the preferred proponent to design, build and finance the Highway 401 Rail Tunnel project.
The project will support the province's GO Regional Express Rail program. IO and Metrolinx expect to reach financial close in late fall 2017, with construction to begin shortly thereafter.
Members of the TTP team include applicant lead and constructor EllisDon Capital Inc. and STRABAG Inc.; WSP Canada Inc., Dr. Sauer & Partners, Amec Foster Wheeler (design); and EllisDon Capital Inc. and STRABAG Inc. (financial advisor).
The scope of work for the project includes construction of a second tunnel under Highway 401/409 to accommodate two tracks, future signalling, communications infrastructure and replacing footings of retaining walls that support the ramp from eastbound Highway 409 to eastbound Highway 401, the release indicates.
"With this announcement, Metrolinx will begin a new phase of construction by building a second rail tunnel under Highway 401/409," said Phil Verster, president and CEO of Metrolinx, in a statement. "This tunnel will allow for two-way train traffic, enabling more service on the Kitchener GO corridor."
The selection of TTP is the result of a procurement process overseen by a third party fairness advisor, states a release issued by IO.
The project is being delivered using IO's Alternative Financing and Procurement model, which transfers some of the risks associated with design, construction and financing of the project to the private sector.