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Metrolinx launches search for Regional Express Rail operator

TORONTO: July 21, 2017 – Metrolinx, its assets and its services are publicly owned and will remain publicly owned. As part of our service delivery, we have successfully contracted out rail service since 1967 and our contract for that service is currently with Bombardier. At the same time, we now require new specific skills, knowledge and experience as we move towards the implementation of our transformative GO Regional Express Rail plan.

As we work to quadruple the number of train trips we run each week - from 1,500 to 6,000 - we require the resources and unique expertise of an organization with experience in operating and maintaining service to passengers during a major construction and expansion program. That is why we are issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for an experienced Operator to work with us to finalize our plans and accelerate the safe construction and implementation of RER.

Once in place, the Operator will help make our system better for commuters by finding ways to further reduce commute times, while also ensuring we are properly building critical infrastructure that will enable GO RER. While the Operator is expected to eventually take over rail operations, our existing operations and maintenance contract with Bombardier will remain in place until the end of the contract in 2023. We are expecting no job losses as a result of this RFQ, as we are committed to placing a focus on additional training and skills enhancement for staff wherever necessary. A build of this size will also both create new jobs and link residents in the GTHA to better job opportunities that otherwise may have been out of reach.

We are absolutely committed to getting the job done right. Having a team in place that will help us get there will be absolutely critical towards our goal of bringing better, faster service that will help you spend less time on the way home and more time at home.

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