TORONTO — Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build and finance the Rutherford Station project.
The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service on the Barrie line. The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which includes:
• new multi-level parking structure with integrated station building;
• re-design of surface parking, kiss and ride, bus loop and pedestrian access;
• rail/road grade separation on Rutherford Road;
• new rail platforms and full platform canopy; and
• a second heavy rail track and provision for future third express center track
According to an Infrastructure Ontario release issued May 9, the project is part of Metrolinx's work in support of GO Regional Express Rail (RER), which will provide faster, more frequent and more convenient transit service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), including electrification of core segments of the GO rail network by 2024-25.
The RFQ is the first step in the procurement process to select a team to deliver the project. IO and Metrolinx will evaluate submissions to prequalify project teams with the relevant construction experience.
Teams that qualify will be invited to respond to a request for proposals in fall 2017.
"Metrolinx is pleased to be issuing a Request for Qualifications for construction services to expand infrastructure at Rutherford GO Station," said John Jensen, interim CEO, Metrolinx in a statement.
"This project includes a new multi-level parking structure with 1,200 net-new parking spots, and the Rutherford grade separation which will increase community safety and enable faster, more frequent GO train service along the Barrie corridor."
"IO is pleased to issue another RFQ and to continue to help deliver the RER program," said Ehren Cory, president and CEO of IO in a statement.
"The Rutherford Station project is an important component and IO looks forward to reviewing the submissions by the market for this AFP project."