Ottawa announces shortlist for LRT Nov 2011
TunnelTalk reporting
Calling them some of the most experienced and capable firms in the world, the Mayor of Ottawa Jim Watson announced the three consortia shortlisted to submit proposals to design, build, maintain and finance the Ottawa Light Rail Transit (OLRT) project in Canada.
"The size, depth and global experience of these firms is truly remarkable," said Watson. "The firms that make up these teams have extensive experience in light rail projects and have built some 2,000km of tunnels in cities across the globe."
The three teams, listed in alphabetical order, are: Ottawa Transit Partners (OTP) led by VINCI Concessions; Rideau Transit Group (RTG) led by ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc; and Rideau Transit Partners (RTP) led by Bouygues Travaux Publics SA.
The Can$2.1 billion project includes 12.5km (7.8 miles) of LRT line, with 3.2km (2 miles) of twin running tunnels and four underground stations in downtown Ottawa. The shortlist of selected proposers is announced after RFQs (requests for qualifications) were called in June.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson announces the consortia shortlist

Watson said that the world economy is benefiting Canadian transit projects at the moment. "We are going into the market at a good time. These companies are hungry for business and interest rates are at record lows, and I feel confident that the RFP process and the deadlines that we have established are realistic and attainable for the residents of Ottawa."
"The clear winner in this process will be Ottawa," said Watson. "The collective reputations and experience of the selected consortia will make for a fierce competition during the procurement process to move faster, innovate further and bring the best value to the city."
The selected teams will now advance designs to provide competitive fixed price proposals for the project by the July 2012 due date. Award of the contract is then expected in December 2012 with groundbreaking planned for the first quarter of 2013.
Plan for LRT under downtown Ottawa - TunnelTalk, Jan 2010

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