RTDROW – Waterloo Light Rail Transit Network – Ontario - Project Profile

RTDROW – Waterloo Light Rail Transit Network – Ontario - Project Profile


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The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario through Rapid Transit Division Region of Waterloo (RTDROW) is undertaking the construction of rail project in Ontario, Canada.

The project involves the construction of a 36km of light rail and bus rapid transit network connecting the cities of Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge. The project will be developed in two stages.

The first stage will include the construction of a 19km of light rail transit (LRT) between Conestoga Mall in Waterloo and Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener comprising 16 stations and the construction of a 17km adapted bus rapid transit (aBRT) between Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener and Ainslie Street in Cambridge.

The second stage involves the replacement of aBRT line with LRT creating 23 stations between Cambridge and Waterloo.

The project also includes the construction of railway stations, culverts, sleepers, flyovers, bridges, underpasses, laying of railway tracks and other related infrastructure facilities.

All three levels of government are funding the project, including US$300 million from the Province, one-third of eligible costs up to US$265 million from the federal government and US$253 million from the Region.

On June 12, 2012, Parsons Brinckerhoff was appointed as the consulting engineer for the project. Parsons Brinckerhoff will assist with the preparation of design criteria and performance requirements for the project.

Architecture49 has been appointed as the engineering design consultant, Hatch Mott MacDonald as the lead consultant for the project and BTY Group as the Technical consultant for the stage I of the project.

WSP has been appointed as consulting engineer for the project. The project will be developed on design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) pattern under public-private partnership (PPP) basis.

In August 2013, Bombardier Transportation signed an agreement with the Regional Municipality of Waterloo to supply 14 BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Freedom light rail vehicles (LRV) for its ION rapid transit service in the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo.

In December 2013, three shortlisted teams submitted bids for the first stage of the project. Three shortlisted teams are GrandLinq, Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge Transit Partners and Tricity Transit System.

In February 2014, Region staff recommended the GrandLinq team to Council as the preferred bidder for the DBFOM contract with the bid value of US$593.7 million.

GrandLinq team comprises Aecom, Keolis, Kiewit Corporation, Meridiam Infrastructure, Plenary Group Pty Ltd.

In May 2014, RTDROW secured financial close for the first phase of the project. In June 2014, GrandLinq team was awarded as the DBFOM contract for the LRT.

Steed and Evens Ltd has been appointed to undertake roadway improvements and the construction of aBRT.

On August 22, 2014, construction works on the LRT initiated with ceremonial ground breaking.

On January 22, 2015, Regional Municipality of Waterloo has extended the contract of Parsons Brinckerhoff and WSP for next three years. The firms are responsible for developing the output specifications for procurement, supporting the public-private partnership procurement process, and for managing the overall program, including construction management services. The value of the contract is US$11.5 million.

In September 2015, construction works on aBRT completed and operations commenced.

In March 2016, construction works on LRT were halted as the construction crews found corduroy road in Uptown Waterloo.

In November 2017, Construction activities on LRT stage one completed and testing works are underway.

Public consultation on Stage 2 ION, light rail transit (LRT) from Kitchener to Cambridge are underway.


The project involves the construction of a 36km railway network in Ontario, Canada.

The US$1,505 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of a 19km light rail transit (LRT) between Waterloo and Kitchener

2. Construction of a 17km adapted bus rapid transit (aBRT) between Kitchener and Cambridge

3. Construction of 23 stations (LRT & aBRT)

4. Replacement of replacement of aBRT line with LRT creating 23 stations between Cambridge and Waterloo.Reasons To Buy

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