Mott MacDonald, Stantec, Systra and HDR win roles on $8bn Toronto subway line

A team including Nebraska consultant HDR, UK-based consulting engineer Mott MacDonald, Canadian consultant Stantec and French engineer Systra has been selected as the technical adviser for the US$8.2bn Ontario Line in Toronto.

The group will ensure the project is delivered on time by working on planning, engineering, design, construction and engineering.

The 16km free-standing subway line will run from Ontario Place through downtown Toronto to the Ontario Science Centre and will contain 15 stations.

The line aim to relieve congestion on TTC Line 1, and will provide links to underserved neighbourhoods Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park, and the growing Liberty Village.

Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx’s project will accommodate 400,000 daily travellers.

Image courtesy of Metrolinx

Tyrone Gan, HDR’s senior vice president, said: "The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area is experiencing unprecedented growth, and expanding the transit system is essential to connect people to jobs, schools and their communities.

"The Ontario Line represents an exciting investment for Toronto, one that will not only provide relief for the existing subway system but will also create connections with the existing and planned transit network"

Infrastructure Ontario has announced a request for proposals for three other extensions: the Scarborough Subway Extension, Yonge North Subway Extension and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension. Contracts are due to be awarded in spring 2020.

Top image: Toronto’s Skyline (Caubaydon/Dreamstime)

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  1. Is this another waste of time and money for the downtown area? Who would willingly get off a GO train at either Exhibition or East Harbour to; pay another fare, add another connection plus the associated delays to their journey getting to Line 1, just to avoid go through Union Station. The whole design in the downtown area just does not seem to make sense. A cheaper solution of expanding the tram coverage in the downtown area maybe a far better solution.

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