TORONTO - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design build and finance the Lakeshore West Corridor Infrastructure Improvements project. The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service on the Lakeshore West line.

The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which includes:

  • Exhibition Station In-Corridor Enabling Works and Track Improvements
  • Long Branch Station Improvements & Accessibility
  • Clarkson Station In-Corridor Enabling Works
  • Kerr Street Grade Separation
  • Bronte Station In-Corridor Enabling Works
  • Burloak Drive Grade Separation
  • Drury Lane Pedestrian Bridge Replacement
  • Lewis Road Layover Facility-Phase II Expansion 

This project is part of Metrolinx's planned expansion of GO Transit rail service in support of GO Regional Express Rail (RER). GO RER will provide faster, more frequent and more convenient transit service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), including electrification of core segments of the GO rail network by 2024-25. The program will provide new travel choices for commuters, significantly increase transit ridership, cut journey times and help manage congestion across the GTHA.

Major infrastructure updates are required to bring this level of service to communities across the region, including: modifying GO stations, improving rail crossings, building required systems for electrification, and adding new locomotives and train control systems.

The RFQ is the first step in the procurement process to select a team to deliver the project. IO and Metrolinx will evaluate submissions to prequalify project teams with the relevant design and construction experience. Teams that qualify will be invited to respond to a request for proposals early next year. Interested companies must register with to download the RFQ.

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 Lakeshore West Corridor Infrastructure Improvements 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 sum total of this work will mean more and better GO service for people along the Lakeshore West GO line. These improvements and upgrades are the next step in our plan to increase GO service across the GTHA. 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

“GO Regional Express Rail will significantly improve transit service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, raising the level of service and providing commuters with added choice and convenience. Shorter journey times will not only help transit users, they will lead to increased transit ridership and help manage congestion across the entire region.”
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure

“We are excited to take another step towards more frequent and efficient service for our current and future customers. The kick-off of the Lakeshore West GO rail corridor procurement for close to a dozen projects will help Metrolinx deliver the GO expansion project on time and budget.”
 Phil Verster, President and CEO, Metrolinx

“IO is pleased to issue another RFQ and to continue to help deliver the RER program. The Lakeshore West Corridor Infrastructure Improvements project is an important component and IO looks forward to reviewing the submissions by the market for this AFP project.”
Ehren Cory, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario

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