RFP for Canada LRT ‘by year end'

The request for proposals (RFP) for Canada’s Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) P3 are due to be issued before the end of the year, PPP Bulletin can reveal.

Originally scheduled for this summer, the plans were delayed due to the changes in the scope of the project, which originally included additional plans to develop an LRT in the city of Scarborough.

However, plans to include the Scarborough project within the tender were cancelled in early summer when a decision was made to procure the deal as a subway – therefore separating the proposals from the Eglinton Crosstown deal.

At the time of the request for qualifications in January, the deal was valued at over $6bn, with the Eglinton portion valued at $4.9bn and the Scarborough deal at $1.8bn.

The Crosstown proposals are now valued at around $5bn. Tunnelling work is already underway on the project, which will feature a network of 52km of LRT, running underground and on the street.