In 2012, Metrolinx, the government transit agency for the Province of Ontario, and its board members voted in favor of the Toronto Light Rail Transit (LRT) plan that entailed $8.4 billion in provincial funding for the Eglinton, Scarborough, Sheppard East, and Finch West rail lines. Metrolinx will use Infrastructure Ontario as the procurement agency responsible for delivering all four LRT projects on-time and on-budget, while managing the construction of the transit lines. Preliminary design development is set for 30% to facilitate procurement. All projects will be delivered through a model using Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP), also known as Public-Private Partnership (P3), a Design Build Finance Maintain (DBFM) delivery approach to finance projects.
Lea+Elliott, as a sub-consultant, is serving as the Owner's Engineer and Program Management Consultant, providing oversight of transit systems engineering and support in project delivery. Lea+Elliott's scope of work includes traction power and substations; vehicles, overhead catenaries systems; controls and communications; and other mechanical and electrical components of the program. Our firm is working in conjunction with Metrolinx's Design and Construction team to oversee and facilitate the systems integration 30% design development for the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT (ESCLRT) project. Working closely with the system designers during the preliminary design process, Lea+Elliott has ensured that provisions are reflected in the design of the ESCLRT facilities (i.e., tunnel, stations and vehicles) to accommodate the various systems elements.
Completion of all four rail lines is expected in 2020.