Preferred bidder selected for three-kilometre air rail link extension and new passenger station project

AirLINX Transit Partners has been announced as the preferred bidder selected to design, build, and finance a three-kilometre rail line for the Air Rail Link (ARL) and an ARL passenger station at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Metrolinx will own and operate the ARL, providing an express rail service between Canada’s two busiest transportation hubs – Toronto Union Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport. The ARL will be in service in time for the TO2015 Pan / Parapan American Games and the service is expected to eliminate 1.2 million car trips in the first year of operation alone.

AirLINX Transit Partners consortium’s key team members include:

  • Aecon Construction and Materials Ltd.
  • Dufferin Construction Company

Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx will begin negotiating contract details with the preferred bidder. The project cost will be announced publicly following completion of negotiations and financial close, which are both expected in early 2012. Construction of the three-kilometre rail line is expected to begin in spring 2012, and will branch off the Weston Subdivision (GO Georgetown corridor) and connect to Toronto Pearson with a new passenger station at Terminal 1.

This section of the ARL project will be delivered using the Province’s alternative financing and procurement (AFP) delivery method, which is managed by Infrastructure Ontario.

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