TORONTO - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties 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.

The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which includes:

  • New multi-level parking structure with integrated station building
  • Re-design of surface parking, kiss and ride, bus loop and pedestrian access
  • Rail/road grade separation on Rutherford Road
  • New rail platforms and full platform canopy
  • A second heavy rail track and provision for future third express center track

This project is part of Metrolinx's work 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: adding track, modifying GO stations, improving rail crossings, building required systems for electrification and adding new locomotives and train control systems.

The RFQ is the first step in the procurement process to select a team to deliver the project. IO and Metrolinx will evaluate submissions to prequalify project teams with the relevant construction experience. Teams that qualify will be invited to respond to a request for proposals in fall 2017. Interested companies must register with to download the RFQ.

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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.


“As commuters, we depend on a reliable GO rail network that will help ensure residents from Vaughan have convenient ways to get to work, school and their appointments. Today's announcement is an important milestone in our progress in providing 15 minute, two way - all day service to our community and all those along the Barrie GO rail corridor.”
 Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

“The Rutherford Station project is critical to the overall improvements to GO transit and the delivery of the GO Regional Express Rail program. Our government recognizes the importance of these types of transit improvements because they keep people and goods moving, communities growing, and help build Ontario up."
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure

"Metrolinx is pleased to be issuing a Request for Qualifications for construction services to expand infrastructure at Rutherford GO Station. This project includes a new multi-level parking structure with 1200 net-new parking spots, and the Rutherford grade separation which will increase community safety and enable faster, more frequent GO train service along the Barrie corridor."
John Jensen, Interim CEO, Metrolinx

“IO is pleased to issue another RFQ and to continue to help deliver the RER program. The Rutherford Station project is an important component and IO looks forward to reviewing the submissions by the market for this AFP project.”
Ehren Cory, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario

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