Metrolinx seeks new commuter rail operator amid expansion efforts

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TORONTO — Metrolinx is seeking a new commuter rail operator as part of the implementation of its GO Regional Express rail plan. While the agency currently contracts with Bombardier for its rail operations, Metrolinx representatives now say they require a specific set of skills, knowledge, and experience as they expand their weekly train service from 1,500 to 6,000 trains.

Specifically, the agency says it needs an operator with experience in operating and maintaining trains even during a major construction and expansion effort.

In an official request for qualifications, the agency says it's looking for ways to reduce commuter delays, while making sure infrastructure projects are still getting completed.

Bombardier’s contract with the agency lasts through 2023.

The agency’s GO Transit commuter rail component operates more than 280 miles of commuter rail throughout Toronto and southern Ontario. A new regional rail plan intends to expand and improve that system with new double track segments, improved signaling systems, modernized stations, and the electrification of part of its system.

See the news release online.

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