Bird, AtkinsRéalis partner to deliver East Harbour Transit hub

The project will proceed under and Alliance model

A rendering shows the design of the East Harbour Transit Hub. – Metrolinx

Key Takeaways:

  • AtkinsRéalis and Bird Construction are teaming up with Metrolinx to deliver the East Harbour Transit Hub.
  • They have entered into an alliance development agreement as a joint venture, Rail Connect Partners. 
  • The East Harbour Transit Hub is expected to bring about 100,000 daily riders

The Whole Story:

AtkinsRéalis and Bird Construction, have entered into an alliance development agreement to work collaboratively with Metrolinx to deliver the East Harbour Transit Hub: a new interchange station that is part of a broader transit-oriented community plan for Toronto. AtkinsRéalis is partnered with Bird under the Rail Connect (RC) Partners joint venture.

It was also announced that Hatch will be the lead design participant and will provide architectural, engineering, project management, and advisory services to support the project.

Under the alliance development agreement, services include optimizing the design solution, preparing detailed estimates for resources, costs and schedules, preparing a project proposal, finalizing the project Alliance agreement, and performing early works.

“The alliance development agreement represents a significant development for us in how we execute large projects without a fixed price contract model; we are thrilled to work closely with our alliance partners to apply this collaborative model to deliver an exciting new regional transportation hub,” said Ian L. Edwards, president and CEO, AtkinsRéalis. “We are proud to contribute to improving transportation links in the Greater Toronto Area and developing innovative solutions to improve accessibility for commuters.”

Officials say the The East Harbour Transit Hub will support local transit needs in the community and regional connectivity, through the incorporation of the GO Train, Ontario Line subway and future Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) light rail transit. Service levels planned as part of GO Expansion would see a GO train arriving as frequently as every five minutes.

According to Metrolinx, the project will use 40 km of existing GO rail corridors so that new rail stations are more convenient for neighbourhoods and major commercial areas.

Based on preliminary analysis, East Harbour Transit Hub is expected to bring about 100,000 daily riders, with an approximately even split between East Harbour customers using the Ontario Line and SmartTrack GO Station.

Some of the project benefits include:

  • Concourse area with customer amenities and accessible drop off;
  • Connections to the future Broadview Ave extension.
  • GO platforms for local and express train service, complete with elevators.
  • Access to GO trains, the future Ontario Line subway and future TTC light rail transit in one location.
  • A multi-use path and trail bridge and landings over the Don River
  • Eastern Avenue Bridge reconstruction to support both GO transit and the new Ontario Line subway.
  • Single train connection to Pickering, Whitby, and Oshawa as well as destinations such as Mississauga, Oakville and Hamilton.


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