Arup announced it has been selected as the technical advisor on Metrolinx’s commuter rail project, according to the company's news release.
The project will transform the rail network and introduce new electric trains along core segments of the network in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA), as GO Transit moves to add two-way, all-day GO train service to fast-growing cities and towns outside the Toronto core.
Project with Commuters in Mind
The project will expand service for commuters in the GTHA, by adding regular service outside of peak travel hours, moving from 3,500 weekly trips to more than 10,000 as it electrifies a large portion of the GO Network.
The multi-phase project, delivered under a Progressive Design-Build-Operate-Maintain procurement model, is now in a two-year development phase.
An Arup-led team, including subconsultants AECOM, Egis, and Network Rail, supports Metrolinx’s Technical Management Office as they map out the transformation.
Metrolinx Program Includes On Corridor Works
The On Corridor Works (OnCorr) project is a capital infrastructure project in the GO Expansion program.
OnCorr includes all works to facilitate a significant expansion of train service, including train infrastructure, train fleet, civil works, signaling, electrification, network control, communication systems, and fleet procurement, as well as the operations and maintenance of the GO Transit rail network.
One of the first stages of the project will involve the reconfiguration of tracks and platforms at Union Station, as trains continue to run.
Currently, only about 1% of North America’s rail networks are electrified, in contrast to Europe, where more than 60% of commuter rail lines are electric.
“Arup’s passenger rail experience expertise on more than 35 rail systems in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia will be especially relevant to guide this project,” said Peter Guest, Arup’s Americas rail business leader.