DBFOM confirmed for HFR

Credit: VIA RAIL

Canada’s High Frequency Rail project competition heats up as the overseeing body prepares to “work in close collaboration” with the private sector.

Marc-Olivier Ranger, corporate secretary and interim chief executive officer of VIA HFR – VIA TGF, the body set up to deliver the project, has said the partner will “design, finance, build, operate and maintain intercity passenger rail”, with the body overseeing the work on behalf of the government.

The project is being delivered as a co-development model, with the body and the private sector partner working “together [to] develop a comprehensive proposal” that will be taken to the government.

Speaking to the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance, Ranger said the search for a permanent chief executive is “well underway”.

The project closed its call for qualifications this week, and will now proceed to produce a shortlist of three to progress. A winner is expected next summer.