HAMILTON - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to three shortlisted teams to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.

The three teams were selected based on the evaluation of criteria identified in a Request for Qualifications process that began in February 2017. Selection criteria included design, construction, maintenance and operational experience, as well as the financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and scope.

The shortlisted teams and their prime team members are: 

CityLine Transit Group

  • Equity providers: ACS, Aecon, CRH, TIAA
  • Constructors: Dragados, Aecon, Dufferin
  • Design team: Parsons, HDR, Amec, RDHA
  • Operation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation team: ACS, Aecon, CRH, Serco

Ei8ht Transit

  • Equity providers: EllisDon, Fluor, Bombardier
  • Constructors: Fluor Canada, EllisDon Civil, Bombardier
  • Design team: WSP/MMM, Hatch, Gh3, Bombardier
  • Operation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation team: EllisDon Facilities Services, Bombardier


  • Equity providers: Astaldi, John Laing, Hitachi-Ansaldo, Amico, Transdev
  • Constructors: Astaldi, Hitachi-Ansaldo, Amico, Bot
  • Design team: IBI, Hitachi-Ansaldo, Daoust Lestage, Morrison Hershfield, Exp Services, Arcadis
  • Operation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation team: Transdev, Hitachi-Ansaldo, Astaldi

Teams have been invited to respond to the RFP and will begin preparing proposals that detail how they will deliver the project. Upon evaluating the proposals received, IO and Metrolinx expect to select a preferred proponent, followed by contact award with the successful proponent in 2019.

A fairness monitor will oversee the entire procurement process. A copy of the RFP is available at www.infrastructureontario.ca

The Hamilton LRT project includes:

  • 14 kilometres of new dedicated rapid transit from McMaster University through downtown Hamilton to Eastgate Square, from the west end of the city to the east;  
  • 17 stops along Main Street / King Street / Queenston Road corridor with connections to the Hamilton bus network and the GO Transit network, including  a pedestrian connection to the Hamilton GO Centre station; and
  • The procurement of a fleet of light rail vehicles; and
  • An operations, maintenance and storage facility.  

Quick Facts:

  • Construction is anticipated to start in 2019, with an estimated completion date of 2024.
  • The Hamilton LRT project is being delivered using IO's Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain delivery model.
  • Metrolinx has been working closely with the City of Hamilton to integrate standards and requirements into the new Hamilton LRT project.
  • The Hamilton LRT is an example of the Ontario government's commitment to invest in priority rapid transit to create an integrated transit system throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).


“The Hamilton LRT is a transformational project that will connect McMaster University to Eastgate, providing fast and reliable transit. Today we take the next step on a project that will better serve Hamilton residents, shorten commute times and help people get to work and get home faster.”
Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation

“It is great to see that work is on track for the Hamilton LRT project. Improving local public transit and travel options and connecting communities are key priorities for our government.”
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure

“This exciting milestone represents major progress in bringing improved transit and greater connections to Hamilton. The LRT will connect McMaster in the west to Eastgate Square in Stoney Creek, supporting the transit needs of a growing city and continuing to move Hamilton forward.”
Phil Verster, President and CEO, Metrolinx

“We are excited to help build the strong partnership that will ultimately deliver Hamilton's first LRT line.”
Ehren Cory, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario

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