Friday, August 17, 2012

Ottawa seeks consultant to weigh LRT proposals

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Ottawa is seeking a consultant to help evaluate proposals submitted by three consortia for Ottawa Light Rail Transit (OLRT) Project, in part to make sure they meet provincial Canadian Content quotas.

Requirements include a hotly disputed rule that any proposal involving LRT cars include a minimum 25% Canadian content; the minimum is a must for Ottawa to be eligible for the C$600 million offered by Ontario province for LRT. The federal government also is contributing C$600 million to aid LRT development in the nation’s capital.

Ottawa earlier this year shortlisted Requests for Proposals from three “world class consortia” Including: Ottawa Transit Partners, led by Vinci Concessions; Rideau Transit Group, led by ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc.; and Rideau Transit Partners, led by Bouygues Travaux Publics S.A.

City officials last month also announced the LRT project had received Federal Environmental Assessment approval.

‘Canadian Content’ is determined by the final cost of manufacturing materials, not including taxes, according to local media.