TORONTO - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have shortlisted three teams to design, build and finance the Rutherford Station project. The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service on the Barrie line. 

Teams were selected based on criteria identified in the Request for Qualification (RFQ) process including, applicable construction experience and capacity to finance a project of this size and complexity.

The shortlisted teams that will be invited to respond to a request for proposals in fall 2017 are:

EllisDon Infrastructure Transit

  • Constructor: EllisDon Civil Ltd.
  • Design: Amec Foster Wheeler plc., Strasman Architects Inc., Mulvey & Banani International Inc., The Aquila Group, Condor Signals & Communications Inc.
  • Financial Advisor: EllisDon Capital Inc.

Link Rutherford Station

  • Constructor: Dragados Canada, Inc., Brennan Infrastructures Inc., BoT Construction Group Ltd., Black & McDonald Limited
  • Design: Mott MacDonald, Morrison Hershfield
  • Financial Advisor: ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., Stonebridge Financial Corporation


  • Constructor: Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc., Dufferin Construction Company, Pomerleau
  • Design: AECOM
  • Financial Advisor: Scotiabank

This project is part of Metrolinx's planned expansion of GO Transit rail service in support of GO Regional Express Rail (RER). GO RER will provide faster, more frequent and more convenient transit service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), including electrification of core segments of the GO rail network by 2024-25. The program will provide new travel choices for commuters, significantly increase transit ridership, cut journey times and help manage congestion across the GTHA.

Major infrastructure updates are required to bring this level of service to communities across the region, including: modifying GO stations, improving rail crossings, building required systems for electrification, and adding new locomotives and train control systems.

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Quick Facts:

  • According to Ontario's 2017 Long-Term Report on the Economy, every $1 spent on public infrastructure has been shown to increase GDP by $6 in the long term.
  • Infrastructure Ontario, collaborating with Metrolinx, is leading the procurement of the Rutherford Station project.
  • The project is being delivered using IO's Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model, an innovative way of financing and procuring large, complex public infrastructure projects.
  • Projects that are delivered using IO's AFP model have a track record of being 96 per cent on budget and 73 per cent on time or within one month of the scheduled substantial completion date.


“These station upgrades are a part of our government's plan to provide you with a better commuter experience at Rutherford GO station and along the Barrie GO rail corridor. Today's announcement is a step forward in making it easier for more people to use transit, help manage congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve our economy by connecting people to jobs and opportunities.”
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

“The Rutherford Station project is critical to the expansion of rail services under Metrolinx's Regional Express Rail. Our government recognizes the importance of these types of transit improvements because they keep people and goods moving, keep communities growing, and help build Ontario up.”
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure

“Metrolinx is pleased to announce the short list of bidders for the Rutherford Station project. The project includes a grade separation at Rutherford Road that will increase community safety, and a new multi-level parking structure with 1200 net-new parking spots and integrated station building. This project will allow us to bring faster, more frequent GO train service to communities along the Barrie corridor.”
Robert Siddall, Acting President and CEO, Metrolinx

“IO is pleased to work with Metrolinx to help deliver the RER program. The Rutherford Station project is an important component and IO looks forward issuing the RFP to the market this fall.”
Ehren Cory, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario

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