“We have reached another important milestone today in our effort to bring light rail transit to Ottawa,” said Ottawa mayor Jim Watson. “I know residents are pleased to finally see progress on this vital city-building project. Council is looking forward to awarding the contract later this year and getting shovels in the ground in 2013.”
Proposals have been submitted by:
- Ottawa Transit Partners (led by Vinci Concessions)
- Rideau Transit Group (led by ACS Infrastructure Canada)
- Rideau Transit Partners (led by Bouygues Travaux Publics)
Each of these teams was prequalified to submit proposals after an initial request for qualifications was completed in October 2011. According to Ottawa, collectively, they have successfully built over CA$100bn (£64bn) in light rail projects and 2,000km of tunnels in cities across the globe.
The city of Ottawa and Infrastructure Ontario will now start the evaluation of these submissions, and will recommend a preferred proponent along with their design, cost and schedule to the city council for approval by the end of this year. Construction of the OLRT Project is due to begin in early 2013 and the system is expected to enter full revenue service in spring 2018.