Crosslinx Transit Solutions Signs Contract to Deliver Eglinton Crosstown by 2021
Province Moving Forward With Eglinton Crosstown LRT
Ontario is one step closer to delivering on the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (Crosstown LRT) project to help ease congestion and create thousands of jobs.
Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario are working together to deliver the Crosstown LRT. The successful proponent, Crosslinx Transit Solutions (Crosslinx), has signed a contract for the construction and maintenance of the project. The value of the contract is approximately $9.1 billion fixed-price and is being delivered using the Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model. A key feature of the LRT contract is a 30-year maintenance agreement which includes funding for lifecycle repair and renewal of building and system components.
The AFP delivery model protects taxpayers by transferring significant risks to the private sector and provides the opportunity for innovation in design and construction. For this project, the province benefitted from a rigorous, innovative and competitive procurement process that brought the contract $2 billion under original estimate.
The Crosstown LRT will be delivered by 2021 and will run across Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis (Weston Road) and Kennedy Station. The 19-kilometre corridor will include:
- A 10-kilometre underground portion between Keele Street and Laird Drive
- 25 stations and stops that will link to bus routes, three subway stations and various GO Transit lines
The construction of the Eglinton Crosstown is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history - more than $130 billion over 10 years, which is making 110,000 jobs possible every year on average across Ontario with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals.
Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan will help connect regions, develop new economic opportunities and improve quality of life for Ontarians by supporting critical infrastructure projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities.
Investing in transit and easing commutes is part of the government's plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- The selection of Crosslinx is the result of an open, fair and competitive procurement process overseen by a third-party fairness advisor. Crosslinx submitted the proposal that delivers the best value for Ontario taxpayers.
- The Alternative Financing and Procurement Model leverages private sector resources, expertise and efficiencies and transfers risks to the private sector – including cost overruns – in order to protect the tax payer.
- At the peak of construction, Crosslinx estimates that approximately 2,500 workers will work on the project and that 90 per cent of the labour will come from the Greater Toronto Area.
- Ontario has committed $31.5 billion over the next 10 years under the Moving Ontario Forward plan for investment in priority infrastructure projects across the province, such as public transit, roads, bridges and highways. This includes about $16 billion for priority rapid transit projects in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton (GTHA) and about $15 billion for investment in transportation and other priority infrastructure projects across the province.
“We are making great progress on the Crosstown LRT and I am very pleased that we have reached this milestone. By providing light rail transit across the city, we will help thousands of commuters get where they need to be quickly and easily. The Crosstown LRT is further proof of our commitment to manage congestion, keep the region moving, and improve the quality of life for Ontarians.”