VIA Rail moves forward with procurement to modernize maintenance centres

MONTRÉAL — VIA Rail Canada has launched the second phase of its procurement process to modernize its maintenance centres in Montréal and Toronto in preparation for the arrival of its new Québec City-Windsor corridor fleet.

Following the request for qualifications, launched in January, five companies have been selected to participate in two separate 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).

The five companies are:

  • 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,” said Cynthia Garneau, Via Rail’s president and CEO. “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.”

The project to modernize the maintenance centres 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 in line with industry best practices. An independent fairness monitor has been appointed to ensure that the RFP processes will be executed with diligence and fairness. VIA Rail will be supported by a team of technical, financial and legal experts throughout the processes.

The scope of work for the project includes:

  • A combination of constructing new buildings and making facility infrastructure upgrades at both centres, 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.