Metrolinx, the transit authority for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), has awarded French global firm VINCI Construction Grands Projets (VINCI) the civil contract for the design-build-finance of a major portion of the Ontario Line.
VINCI will work in a 50/50 joint venture with Spanish multinational infrastructure company Ferrovial. The project will form part of the future 15.6-km (9.6-mi) Ontario Line subway that will run from the Ontario Science Centre to the Exhibition and Ontario Place in Toronto. The $6 billion contract covers the financing, design, and construction portions of the civil engineering—excluding rail equipment—for a 2- x 6-km (1.24- x 3.73-mi) twin-tube tunnel, along with seven new stations on a general contracting basis. The project will require 89 months of work for delivery in 2030.
The Ontario Line is a major infrastructure project that will reduce congestion, cut travel times, and drive sustainable development in Toronto. It will put 227,500 more people within a short walk of transit and accommodate 388,000 daily rides by 2041. It will also significantly relieve congestion on the existing metro Line 1, as well as road traffic and the associated greenhouse gas emissions, with as many as 28,000 vehicles taken off the roads each day.
The contract allows VINCI Construction to further strengthen its presence in Canada. In the past, the company worked on the extension of Ottawa’s Confederation Line, covering design, construction, and financing of 27.5 km (17.1 mi) of new track, 16 stations, and the associated engineering structures.