GO Expansion is a US$13.5 billion, 10-year transformational programme to expand the existing GO Transit service from 1,500 to 6,000 trains per week in the Southern Ontario region of Canada. One of the largest infrastructure projects in North America, the transit expansion includes laying more than 150km of new track, new electric trains, new and modified infrastructure, renovation of existing GO stations, and constructing 21 new stations to bring transit closer to more residents.
The procurement plan to delivering GO Expansion comprises three packages: Package 1 which includes early enabling works; Package 2 which includes 12 new stations and modifications to existing stations; and Package 3 which comprises the network on-corridor infrastructure works and delivery of the enhanced train services.
Metrolinx, the regional transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area of Ontario, intends to employ a design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) delivery model for Package 3. The scope of work includes fleet (new electric locomotives and electric multiple units); systems (power system upgrades, electric traction power, train control and communication systems); civil works (bridges, retaining walls, grading, drainage and track); and the reconfiguration of platforms at Union Station.
In advance of commencing the formal procurement process, Metrolinx engaged Ernst & Young (Toronto) and Crossrail International to perform an independent “Red Team” review of the Package 3 DBFOM Procurement documentation prior to tender release.