Last October, three teams – made up of general contractors, architects, engineers, financier and other specialists – were short-listed to submit a formal bid.
Collectively, the firms have built more than $100 billion dollars in light rail projects and 2,000 km of tunnels in cities across the world.
The 12.5-kilometre, 13-station line is expected to cost $2.1 billion. Testing on the route is scheduled to start in 2017, with the first trains running in 2018.
Construction of the light-rail line is regarded as the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history, and is projected to generate 20,000 “person years” of employment with approximately 80 per cent of that labour coming from Ottawa.
About $3.2 billion of local economic activity is predicted to stem from the project, according to the city.
The three pre-qualified consortia are as follows (click on the link to read more about the companies involved, including those with an Ottawa presence):
- Ottawa Transit Partners, led by VINCI Concessions, with ACCIONA Concessions Canada Inc., ACCIONA Infrastructure Canada Inc., Aecon Construction Group Inc., Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc., and VINCI Construction Grands Projets as prime team members.
- Rideau Transit Group, led by ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., with EllisDon Corporation, EllisDon Inc., Dragados Canada Inc., SNC-Lavalin Capital, SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Pacific) Inc., and Veolia Transportation Services Inc. as prime team members.
- Rideau Transit Partners, led by Bouygues Travaux Publics S.A., with Brookfield Financial Corp., Fiera Axium Infrastructure Canada LP, Parsons Enterprises Inc., Parsons Canada Ltd., Colas Rail S.A. and Johnson Controls L.P. as prime team members.