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Bechtel team starts work on Edmonton light rail

26 Apr 16 The groundbreaking has taken place for a new public-private partnership light rail scheme in Edmonton, Canada.

The team carrying out the first phase of the Edmonton Valley Line Light Rail Transit project is made up of Bechtel, Bombardier, EllisDon and Fengate Capital Management. Bechtel is the lead partner for the design and construction of the project.

The TransEd team achieved financial close in February for its contract to finance, design, supply vehicles, build, operate and maintain Stage 1 of the line for the City of Edmonton. The Valley Line LRT is designed to meet the demands of Canada’s second fastest-growing city, which is expected to increase in size by 50%. Today’s groundbreaking event was attended by the mayor of Edmonton and Canadian state ministers.

“From the start of this project, Bechtel and TransEd Partners have enjoyed a very positive partnership with the City of Edmonton and the community,” said Larry Melton, Bechtel’s design-build project director for TransEd Partners. “We are looking forward to delivering a safe, efficient, and sustainable transit line that will support the creation of hundreds of local jobs during peak construction and help drive economic growth for the region”. 

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The Edmonton Valley Line LRT- Stage 1 will connect Mill Woods to downtown Edmonton with about 13km of light rail transit. This stage includes 11 stops, an elevated station incorporating a transit centre and park & ride, and a transfer point to the existing Capital Line and Metro Line LRT at Churchill Square.

The Stage 1 project is being delivered using a public-private partnership (P3) procurement model and was the first win by Bechtel’s new, dedicated P3 business line, which combines Bechtel’s design-build experience and history as an equity investor and developer of projects. The company also helped to secure financing and will assist in the provision of the operations and maintenance during the service period.

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