Hurontario LRT DBFOM Awarded to Mobilinx Consortium

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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The Mobilinx consortium, consisting of Hitachi Rail, Astaldi Canada Enterprises Inc., Salini-Impregilo S.p.A., John Laing Investments Limited, Transdev North America, Inc. and Amico Concessions Inc. and Bot Engineering & Construction Ltd., has signed a C$4.6 billion DBFOM (design, build, finance, operate and maintain) contract with Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx for the Hurontario LRT. The contract value includes approximately C$2.1 billion in total capital construction costs.

The Mobilinx consortium’s scope covers:

  • 18 stops, plus one underground station, as well as other related infrastructure work.
  • At-grade and elevated guideways.
  • Relocation or diversion of utilities.
  • Trackwork.
  • An Operations Control Center (OCC) and an Operation, Maintenance & Storage Facility (OMSF).
  • Signaling and Train Control, Telecommunications and SCADA.
  • Traction Power and Catenary (overhead contact line).
  • 28 Light Rail Vehicles.
  • Operation & Maintenance (O&M) of the infrastructure and LRVs for 30 years.

Hitachi Rail’s role in the Mobilinx consortium includes several key designations: Project Company, with overall responsibility for the DBFOM contract; Construction Contractor, with responsibility for the Design & Build (D&B) contract, including Systems D&B and LRVs; and Service Provider, with responsibility for the O&M contract. Hitachi Rail STS will install its Wayside Standard Platform CBTC (communications-based train control), which includes onboard, wayside and central office systems and AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology. The O&M contract includes the OCC, as well as OMSF rail systems equipment.

Mobilinx consortium details:

  • Applicant Lead: John Laing Investments Limited, Astaldi Canada Enterprises Inc., Hitachi Rail STS S.p.A., Transdev North America Inc., Amico Concessions Inc., Salini Impregilo Canada Holding Inc.
  • Construction: Astaldi Canada Design & Construction Inc., Hitachi Rail STS Canada Inc., Amico Infrastructures Inc., Bot Infrastructure Ltd., Salini Impregilo Civil Works Inc.
  • Design: IBI Group Professional Services (Canada) Inc., Hitachi Rail STS S.p.A., Morrison Hershfield, Arcadis Canada Inc., Daoust Lestage Inc., Exp Services Inc.
  • Operation Maintenance & Rehabilitation Provider: Transdev Services Canada Inc., Hitachi Rail STS Canada Inc., Astaldi Canada Enterprises Inc., Salini Impregilo S.p.A.
  • Financial Advisor: National Bank, HSBC

The Hurontario LRT is an 18-kilometre (11.2-mile), 19-station light rail transit system that will run along Hurontario Street from Port Credit in Mississauga to Brampton Gateway Terminal. It will operate in a separated guideway with traffic priority throughout most of the corridor, and will link the GO Transit regional/commuter rail stations at Port Credit (Lakeshore West Line) and Cooksville (Milton Line), the Mississauga Transitway, Square One GO Bus Terminal and Brampton Gateway Terminal, as well as routes from Züm and MiWay. At the peak of construction, Mobilinx estimates that there will be approximately 800 workers on the project, with up to 80% GTHA (Greater Toronto Hamilton Area) labor.

Andrew Barr, Hitachi Rail Group CEO, commented: “This new line will make a significant difference to both the quality of life and the economic vitality of this region for decades to come. Our mission is to unlock cities’ transport networks using our world-leading technology. We’re thrilled to help deliver Ontario’s expansion plan by making it easier and faster for people to get around the GTHA. With our role in maintenance and operations, this also marks the start of a lasting and productive 30-year relationship with Metrolinx to deliver for passengers. Hitachi Rail continues to grow its presence in North America, and this is an important step for the business.”

When it opens in the fall of 2024, the Hurontario LRT is expected to move up to 14 million passengers per year.

Hitachi Rail noted it “has experience delivering, either by itself or through similar consortium relationships, highly successful projects around the world, from Honolulu, Copenhagen and Lima to Riyadh and Taipei.”

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