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Three teams vie for $2.1bn Ottawa LRT

26 Oct 11 Three consortia made up of major Canadian and international players have been shortlisted for the CA$2.1bn (£1.3bn) Ottawa light rapid transit project.

In alphabetical order, the three are:
Ottawa Transit Partners led by Vinci Concessions, with Acciona Concessions Canada, Acciona Infrastructure Canada, Aecon Construction Group, Bombardier Transportation Canada and Vinci Construction Grands Projets as prime team members.

Rideau Transit Group led by ACS Infrastructure Canada, with EllisDon Corporation, EllisDon, Dragados Canada, SNC-Lavalin Capital, SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Pacific) and Veolia Transportation Services as prime team members.

Rideau Transit Partners led by Bouygues Travaux Publics, with Brookfield Financial, Fiera Axium Infrastructure Canada, Parsons Enterprises, Parsons Canada, Colas Rail and Johnson Controls as prime team members.

They have been chosen following a competitive request for qualifications process that evaluated their design, construction, maintenance and financing abilities to deliver the scheme.

“This is an important step forward in implementing light rail for Ottawa,” said  mayor Jim Watson. “Collectively, these firms have built over $100bn in light rail projects and 2000km of tunnels in cities across the globe. These companies have built successful projects in cities such as Athens, London, Madrid, Reims, Sydney, Calgary and Vancouver. These are some of the biggest, most experience, and most capable firms in the world.”

The request for proposals process is due to close in July 2012. Ottawa will work with Infrastructure Ontario to select a winning proposal in late 2012 for approval by the city council, with construction to start in the first quarter of 2013.

The selected teams will now advance designs for the proposed system in order to provide competitive fixed price costing to build, finance and maintain this project. 

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