TORONTO – Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have awarded a contract to Connect 6ix valued at $9B ($2.3B for capital costs and $6.7B for short-term construction financing and transaction costs, train costs and 30-year operations and maintenance, lifecycle, and long-term financing). The Connect 6ix team will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Ontario Line Rolling Stock, Systems, Operations and Maintenance (RSSOM) package for a 30-year term.

The Connect 6ix team includes:

  • Applicant Lead:Plenary Americas, Hitachi Rail, Webuild Group (Salini Impreglio Canada Holding Inc.), Transdev Canada Inc.
  • Design Team:Hitachi Rail, IBI Group Professional Services (Canada) Inc.
  • Construction Team:Hitachi Rail, Webuild Group (Astaldi Canada Design & Construction Inc. and Salini Impreglio Civil Works Inc.), NGE Contracting Inc.
  • Operations, Maintenance and Rehabilitation Team: Hitachi Rail, Transdev Canada Inc.
  • Financial Advisors:National Bank Financial Inc., Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

The project underwent an open, fair and competitive procurement process overseen by a third-party fairness monitor. Connect 6ix submitted the proposal which delivers the best value for Ontario taxpayers. The project is being delivered through IO’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) model, which transfers appropriate risks associated with design, construction, financing, operations and maintenance of the project to the private sector.

The team will begin mobilizing their design and construction crews, with work to commence in 2023. The project is anticipated to be completed in 2031. Once all the civil infrastructure elements and systems from Ontario Line North and South segments have been completed, integrated and certified, Connect 6ix will then begin operating and maintaining the Ontario Line for a 30-year term.

Connect 6ix anticipates that its work on the RSSOM contract will strengthen Ontario’s economy by supporting an estimated 800 jobs, the majority of which will come from the Greater Toronto Area.

The Ontario Line RSSOM package is a design, build, finance, operate, maintain contract that covers a 30-year term. It includes:

  • Designing, supplying, operating and maintaining the rolling stock (trains)
  • Designing, building, operating and maintaining all track and systems (communications and train control)
  • Designing, building, operating and maintaining the Maintenance and Storage Facility (where the trains are stored) and the Operations Control Centre (where staff control train operations and are connected to TTC and GO Transit systems) and backup operations control centre
  • Working collaboratively with TTC according to future operations and maintenance agreements
  • Integrating fare equipment with the PRESTO system

The Ontario Line project is being delivered through various P3, progressive design-build and traditional procurement contracts, which are all being staged accordingly for their successful delivery.

The Ontario Line will be a 15.6-kilometre new rapid transit line running between the Ontario Science Centre and Exhibition/Ontario Place in Toronto, with 15 stations, including six interchange stations. The new line will provide more than 40 connections to other subway, bus, streetcar, light-rail transit and regional rail services. When in service, the Ontario Line will be operated by Connect 6ix and owned by the Provincial transit agency Metrolinx.

Learn more about the Ontario Line RSSOM contract.

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