Metrolinx, an agency of the Government of Ontario,
was created to champion, plan, develop and deliver a seamless,
integrated public transit network in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton
Area. Metrolinx has three (3) major operating divisions: GO Transit;
Union Pearson Express; and PRESTO.
The GO Transit operating division of Metrolinx
provides regional train and bus service in the Greater Toronto and
Hamilton Area. GO Transit provides train and bus service to a population
of more than seven million people over an area greater than eleven
thousand square kilometres.
As part of its program to upgrade and increase the
capacity of its GO Train service, Metrolinx is undertaking a program of
work to improve significant portions of its GO Transit Signalling and
Train Control Systems. The contemplated work includes the replacement of
the existing signalling system in the Union Station Rail Corridor (USRC)
in Toronto and a new Train Control System that will integrate the
control of the new signalling system in the USRC and the existing
signals systems on the GO Transit owned and operated rail corridors into
one central control centre. It is Metrolinx’s intent that this program
of work will be performed under three (3) separate contracts which will
be awarded through three (3) separate Request for Proposals processes.
Upcoming Requests for
Metrolinx intends to issue three (3) Requests for Proposals for this
program of works as follows.
Union Station Rail Corridor (USRC) Signalling Project
The scope of this project involves: the replacement of all signals,
track circuits and cables in the USRC; the provision of all associated
computer based interlocking and control equipment; the provision and
installation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
system, local control panels, equipment cases, bungalows, signal
bridges; and cable routing and ducting.
Planned issue date of Request for Proposals: July 2013
GO Transit Train Control System (GTCS) Project
The scope of this project includes the provision of a new computer
based train control system including all associated hardware, software,
and geographically specific data. The communication backbone network to
be provided shall link the new train control system
with all the existing GO Transit signalling systems on the GO Transit
owned and operated network and the new USRC signalling system as well as
interfacing with the Canadian National and the Canadian Pacific
Railways’ respective Rail Traffic Centres at the boundaries of the GO
Transit territory. The new train control system will be located in the
GO Transit Control Centre which is being constructed adjacent to the
Oakville GO Station. A second system, the Business Resumption Centre, is
to be provided for redundancy at a yet to be determined location, but
will probably be located in the Greater Toronto Area.
Metrolinx may issue a Request to Pre-qualify prior to the release of
this Request for Proposals to develop a short-list of contractors to
submit proposals for this project.
Planned issue date of Request for Proposals: Winter 2013
GO Transit Signalling & Train Control Technical Consultant Services
The scope involves the provision of expert staff to work as part of
an integrated Program Management Team for the GO Transit Signalling &
Train Control Program. The Technical Consultant shall be responsible for
developing the Owner’s Statement of Requirements for the GO Transit
Train Control System (GTCS) project as well as providing assistance for
during the Request for Proposals process and the evaluation of
submissions. The Technical Consultant shall also be responsible for the
management of the systems integration of both the technical and schedule
aspects of the USRC Signalling System and the GO Transit Train Control
System projects, oversight of the testing and commissioning activities
for both systems, and the review and recommendation of acceptance or
rejection of the contractors’ submittals for both projects.
Planned issue date of Request for Proposals: Summer 2013
Please note that neither the successful contractor/consultant who is
awarded the contract for the GO Transit Signalling & Train Control
Technical Consultant Services, nor its subconsultants and/or
subcontractors, will be allowed to participate in the Union Station Rail
Corridor (USRC) Signalling Project or the GO Transit Train Control
System contract. The reason for this exclusion is to avoid the conflicts
that would be created as result of the responsibilities of the Technical
Consultant Services in relation to the work of the other two contracts.
The above referenced Requests for Proposals will be posted on MERX.
It is recommended that interested contractors and consultants monitor
the MERX website on a regular basis for any additional information
relating to these Requests for Proposals.
This pre-notice does not constitute a binding commitment on the part
of Metrolinx to issue any or all of the referenced Requests for
Proposals or to proceed with any or all of
the contemplated work. The statements and representations contained
in this notice are not binding on Metrolinx. The contents of any Request
for Proposals that may be issued may vary from the description of the
projects, services, and deliverables as provided in this pre-notice.
Ian Caie, Manager, Procurement – Capital
Procurement and Contract Services
Telephone No.: (416) 869 – 3600 ext. 5443
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