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Eglinton Crosstown West Extension

Eglinton Crosstown West Extension - Procurement

Procurement Updates

  • Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario have issued the request for proposals for an advance tunnel contract. This is a public-private partnership contract. The first is the advance tunnel contract, which is a public-private partnership (P3) contract.
  • The remaining scope of work includes the stations, rail and systems. The procurement model for this work is still to be confirmed.

On August 5, the Province of Ontario announced that three teams were shortlisted to bid on the advance tunnel contract on the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension; Fast Eglinton Group, North American Tunnel Partners, and West End Connectors. On August 20, the province invited the three teams to respond to a Request for Proposals that details how they plan to design and deliver the tunnelling works. Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx expect to award this tunnelling contract in mid-2021.

Construction for the remaining scope of work, the stations, rail and systems, is expected to begin in 2025/2026.

Advance Tunnelling

The advance tunnelling package is a design-build-finance contract. The winning bidder will work collaboratively with our municipal partners and the community to build the following:

  • Six kilometre twin tunnels
  • Tunnel boring machine launch shaft
  • Tunnel boring machine extraction shaft and portal
  • Nine cross passages
  • Headwalls for underground stations (Martin Grove, Kipling, Islington, Royal York), and two emergency exit buildings

Stations, Rail and Systems

The remaining scope of work includes:

  • Systems (including traction power substations) and all surface facilities (including emergency exit buildings)
  • Rail and stations: elevated stations at Scarlett and Jane, four underground stations at Martin Grove, Kipling, Royal York, Islington, and one partially at-grade terminal station at Renforth
  • Elevated guideway (approximately 1.5 km) and a new bridge over the Humber River
  • Commissioning, which is the process of testing, adjusting, and verifying, that the transit service and all systems are fully and properly functional

There will also be a series of early works projects for each work package. The number of utilities will vary by location and include moving hydro, watermains, sewers, and telephone lines, traffic lights and street lighting. Utility work will begin along the corridor in 2021.