TORONTO - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to three shortlisted teams to design, build and finance the Rutherford Station project. The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service on the Barrie line.

Teams were selected based on criteria identified in the Request for Qualifications process that began in May 2017. Selection criteria included applicable design, construction experience and capacity to finance a project of this size and complexity.

The shortlisted teams are:

EllisDon Infrastructure Transit

  • Constructor: EllisDon Civil Ltd.
  • Design: Amec Foster Wheeler plc., Strasman Architects Inc., Mulvey & Banani International Inc., The Aquila Group, Condor Signals & Communications Inc.
  • Financial Advisor: EllisDon Capital Inc.

Link Rutherford Station

  • Constructor: Dragados Canada, Inc., Brennan Infrastructures Inc., BoT Construction Group Ltd., Black & McDonald Limited
  • Design: Mott MacDonald, Morrison Hershfield
  • Financial Advisor: ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., Stonebridge Financial Corporation


  • Constructor: Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc., Dufferin Construction Company, Pomerleau
  • Design: AECOM
  • Financial Advisor: Scotiabank

Teams invited to respond to the RFP will begin preparing proposals that detail how they will design, build and finance the project. Once submissions are received, IO and Metrolinx will evaluate the proposals, select a preferred bidder and then negotiate a final contract. A successful bidder is expected to be announced in fall 2018. A fairness monitor will oversee the entire procurement process.

A copy of the RFP is available at

The scope of work for the Rutherford Station project includes:

  • New multi-level parking structure with integrated station building, and pedestrian bridge to new rail platform
  • Re-design of surface parking, kiss and ride, bus loop and pedestrian access
  • Rail/road grade separation on Rutherford Road, and pumping station
  • Pedestrian bridge over Rutherford Road
  • New rail platforms
  • A second heavy rail track and provision for future third express center track

This work on the Barrie corridor is part of a larger, system-wide plan to improve overall GO Transit service, including the delivery of GO Regional Express Rail by 2024-25. To support transit improvements, Ontario will be undertaking major infrastructure upgrades, including additional track, GO station modifications, improved rail crossings, required systems for electrification, and new locomotives and train control systems to enable more frequent service.

Transit improvements like the delivery of GO RER are part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts:

  • According to Ontario's 2017 Long-Term Report on the Economy, every $1 spent on public infrastructure has been shown to increase Gross Domestic Product by $6 in the long term.
  • Infrastructure Ontario, collaborating with Metrolinx, is leading the procurement of the Rutherford Station project.
  • The project is being delivered using IO's Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model, an innovative way of financing and procuring large, complex public infrastructure projects.
  • Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to


“The station upgrades, including a new parking structure and new parking spaces helps address exactly what local commuters have been asking for at Rutherford GO Station. We are always looking for new ways to provide a better experience for commuters, and we are doing this by investing in the transit and transportation system that they deserve.”
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

“Improvements to the Rutherford GO station are part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history. Through these investments, our government is building critical new transit infrastructure so that we can strengthen communities and connect people to family, friends and job opportunities.”
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure

“As part of our plans to improve the customer experience at Rutherford GO Station, the station will have more parking, better access for walking and cycling, more integration with local transit, and more frequent GO service.”
 Phil Verster, President and CEO, Metrolinx

“With qualified proponent teams selected for the Rutherford Station project, we look forward to receiving and evaluating competitive proposals in the coming months.”
Ehren Cory, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario

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