GO Transit - New Facilities

Mar. 8, 2017

Location: Whitby, Ontario

Project Type: DBFM - Design Build Finance Maintain

Infrastructure Type: Transit

Contract Value: $859.2 million

Estimated Value for Money: $144.3 million

About the Project:

The new maintenance facility will provide maintenance, repair, and additional storage for GO Trains and support GO Transit's planned service expansions.

The East Rail Maintenance Facility (ERMF) is a strategic and essential asset for GO Transit's planned service expansions. Currently, all rail maintenance activities are performed at GO Transit's Willowbrook Rail Maintenance Facility, including refueling, daily inspections, train washing, minor and major repairs. A second rail maintenance facility is required to service GO Transit's growing rail fleet. The ERMF is a critical enabling facility for expanded GO service to increase ridership and revenue, and to support the anticipated population growth in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
The ERMF will significantly reduce operational risks for GO Transit. With only one major rail maintenance facility, any operational issues at the Willowbrook facility or along the corridor connecting the Willowbrook facility to other corridors will impact all rail service. A second rail maintenance facility allows GO Transit to service new rolling stock, and provide operational flexibility under emergency situations to ensure reliable transit service.
The facility will be LEED Gold Certified and include approximately 500,000 square feet of infrastructure to meet GO Transit's operational requirements.


Request for Qualifications: Sep 20, 2012

Short-list Bidders Selected: Feb 21, 2013

Request for Proposals: Jun 27, 2014

Winning Bidder Selected: Mar 27, 2015

Contract Awarded: Mar 27, 2015

Construction Begins: Mar 27, 2015


Preferred Proponent Selected - Jan. 22, 2015

Winning Bidder

Plenary Infrastructure ERMF is a consortium of Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd., Kiewit Canada Development Corp. and Bird Capital Limited Partnership (Developer); Bird Design-Build Construction Inc., Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co. (Construction); Stantec Consulting, Arup Canada Inc. (Design); Honeywell Limited, Toronto Terminals Railway (Facilities Management); TD Bank, Bank of Montreal (Financial Advisor)

The facility will:

be designed to accommodate future electrification and be approximately 500,000 square feet, including shops, a maintenance facility, as well as offices and parking for staff.
have sufficient tracks for storage and daily maintenance of up to twenty two - 12 car passenger trains (13 at substantial completion and capacity for an additional nine in the future).
serve as a secondary rail maintenance facility to GO Transit's existing Willowbrook Facility to provide operational flexibility and redundancy under emergency situations.

Community and Green Benefits

The development of this facility will create jobs and help make the transportation system in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) more reliable.
The company selected for the East Rail Maintenance Facility will provide design and construction elements to pursue LEED® Gold or greater designation by incorporating sustainable practices in its design and construction plans.

Economic Benefits

At the peak of construction, approximately 1,000 workers will be on-site, the majority of which will come from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

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Jan. 17, 2017
The Project

The East Rail Maintenance Facility (ERMF) will be an approximately 500,000 square foot facility located in Whitby that will provide mechanical maintenance, body repair, as well as day-to-day cleaning and operational services – all essential in order to provide backend support for regional rail expansion. Currently there is only one GO Train maintenance facility for the whole system, called Willowbrook, located in Etobicoke.

Site preparation and grading works started in summer 2012. The facility is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2017.
By the numbers

500,000 square feet of maintenance buildings
over 15 kms of track @ substantial completion and over 21 kms @ full buildout
54 switches @ substantial completion and 68 @ full buildout
13 on-site storage spots for 12-car passenger trains
12 spots for coach repair
11 spots for locomotive repair
2 preventative maintenance bays
1 train wash
1 locomotive wash
1 wheel shop
administrative office areas including a crew centre