TORONTO — ONxpress Transportation Partners has been awarded a contract to modernize and transform the GO rail network by the Ontario government.

The project, which aims to bring two-way, all-day service to the Greater Golden Horseshoe, will include adding over 200 kilometres of new track and electrifying over 600 kilometres of track.

Metrolinx and Onxpress Transportation Partners will enter a 24 month development phase to work on design, early investigations, schedule optimization and key initial construction work, indicates an April 19 release.

It will include the delivery of overhead electrification, a new electric train fleet, upgraded train control systems and expanded tracks and structures along the corridors to allow for potentially significantly higher frequencies than pre-pandemic service. The project will also include the operations and maintenance of the GO rail network.

Construction is expected to start in 2023 with incremental opportunities to add service starting in approximately 2025/26.

The province is also moving ahead with the remainder of GO Rail Expansion’s Early Works as well as Off-Corridor Works projects, which include building new corridor infrastructure and improving and expanding existing infrastructure and stations, adds the release.

“Over the last two years, Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have adapted our contracting approach for these important On-Corridor works,” said Michael Lindsay, president and CEO of Infrastructure Ontario in a statement. “The result is the awarding of a contract that will allow us to work collaboratively with our partners to implement an expanded and modernized GO transit system in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area that meets our future transportation needs.”


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