VIA Rail Launches Maintenance Modernization Procurement Process for Montréal, Toronto

Siemens Canada secures major order with VIA Rail Canada for new fleet of passenger trains (CNW Group/Siemens Canada Limited)

VIA Rail Canada has announced that it has launched on 30 November, the second phase of its procurement process to modernize its maintenance centers in and Toronto in preparation for the arrival of its new Québec City-Windsor corridor fleet.

Following the Request for qualifications, launched in January 2020, five companies have been selected to participate in two separate Request for proposals (RFP) processes and will need to submit their respective proposals by July 2021 (for the Toronto Maintenance Centre) and August 2021 (for the Montréal Maintenance Centre):

– Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc.

– Buttcon Limited

– EllisDon Corporation

– Kenaidan Contracting Ltd.

– Pomerleau Inc.

“Despite the pandemic, we have continued to work on our large-scale modernization projects, which will transform passenger rail service in Canada; this announcement is proof of the progress we are making. This is, in fact, another example of how we are getting closer to completing one of the building blocks of our High Frequency Rail project, which will offer more frequencies and connect more communities to our network,” said Cynthia Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Federal government’s investments in VIA Rail will allow us to stimulate the economy both in the short and long term, while also supporting an environmentally sustainable recovery by having an impact on the reduction of road congestion, and, therefore, on greenhouse gas emissions.”

The project to modernize the maintenance centers in Montréal and Toronto is part of the Corridor Fleet Replacement Program, for which funds were allocated in the Federal government’s 2018 budget.

VIA Rail will conduct fair, open and transparent RFP processes and in line with industry best practices. In addition, an independent Fairness Monitor has been appointed to ensure that the RFP processes will be executed with the utmost diligence and fairness. VIA Rail will be supported by a team of technical, financial and legal experts throughout the processes.

The following criteria will be used when selecting the firms during the procurement process: price and quality, which includes, amongst others, construction schedule and safety.

The scope of work for the project includes: 

– A combination of constructing new buildings and making facility infrastructure upgrades at both centers, including architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and communication engineering systems.

– Supplying and installing train set maintenance equipment to support the new and existing fleets.

The first train set of the new Corridor fleet is expected to be commissioned into revenue service in 2022.

Useful links:

– VIA Rail launches RFQ to replace its Québec City – Windsor Corridor fleet

– VIA Rail announces trainset manufacturers participating in the RFP for its Québec-City Windsor corridor fleet

– VIA Rail selects Siemens Canada to replace its Québec City – Windsor Corridor fleet

– VIA Rail issues request for qualifications to modernize its Montréal and Toronto maintenance centers