Ontario Construction News staff writer
Transdev, a member of the Mobilinx consortium, says that Mobilinx has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $4.6 billion by Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx for the Hurontario LRT, in the Toronto region. The Mobilinx team will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the LRT for a 30-year term.
The Hurontario LRT is an 18-kilometre, 19-stop light rail transit system that runs along Hurontario Street from Port Credit in Mississauga to Gateway Terminal in south Brampton. The LRT will operate in a separated guideway with traffic priority throughout most of the corridor.
Earlier reports indicated a construction value of $1.4 billion; the higher number presumably represents the 30 years operating the system.
Within the consortium, Transdev will be responsible for operations, maintenance and rehabilitation. Throughout the construction and mobilization phase, Transdev will support its partners and advise them on all system operability aspects.
Transdev says in a statement it has achieved global leadership in operating 24 light rail systems in ten countries and comes in addition to the new €330 million Stage 1 Parramatta (Sydney, Australia) light rail contract won by Transdev in January 2019. Transdev has just commissioned the Line 1 of the Avignon (France) light rail, while the Transdev-operated “CBD & South East” light rail system in Sydney (Australia) will commence operations before year end 2019.
“We are proud of Infrastructure Ontario’s and Metrolinx’s confidence in our consortium,” said Yann Leriche, chief executive officer of Transdev North America. “This first Transdev light rail operations and maintenance contract in Canada confirms our leading position in the field, now in ten countries, and strengthens our belief in the value of public-private partnerships for the long-term success of major infrastructure projects. Congratulations to all the teams who made this great achievement possible.”
“It’s a great honour for Transdev to now have a much-expanded role as a global mobility provider in Canada, ensuring light rail operations and maintenance services within the Mobilinx consortium. As a global leader in this field, we are proud to become a key player in the success of Hurontario’s light rail network project. In 2019, with the Sydney light-rail and ferry contracts in Australia, the Bremen regional train deal in Germany, and a renewed light rail contract in Dublin, Transdev is definitely demonstrating the capabilities of its international commercial teams.”
Mobilinx consortium members include:
Applicant lead: John Laing, Astaldi, Hitachi, Transdev, Amico Concessions, Salini Impregilo
Construction: Astaldi, Hitachi, Amico, Bot, Salini Impregilo
Design: IBI Group, Hitachi, Morrison Hershfield, Arcadis, Daoust Lestage, Exp.
Operation maintenance and rehabilitation provider: Transdev, Hitachi, Astaldi, Salini Impregilo
Financial advisor: National Bank, HSBC