Edmonton to launch new LRT tender

The City of Edmonton will publish a new tender to deliver its Valley LineWest Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project.

The city has decided to cancel the original procurement and launch a new tender on January 7, 2020 for a partner to design, build and partially finance the Valley LineWest LRT Project. 

Procurement for the project was suspended in July after two of the originally shortlisted teams had pulled out.

WestLINK Group, consisting exclusively of SNC-Lavalin, left the procurement process as SNC-Lavalin exited lump-sum turnkey contracting as part of a major overhaul of its operations.

Urban Mobility Partners, led by Eurovia, Graham and Parsons, withdrew from the competition one week later.

The new procurement process will require the winner to design, build and finance a 14km expansion between 102 Street to Lewis Farms, 14 street-level stops, two elevated stations, two new bridges, one elevated guideway, a park and ride facility as well as a storage facility.

However, the tender will not include the supply of light rail vehicles, which the city will procure separately.

The city expects the new procurement process to be short in relation to other Canadian P3s, with financial close slated for 2020.