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IBI Group will lead design for EDCO, Preferred Proponent for Next Phase of York Viva BRT

EDCO selected as the preferred proponent for the DBF of the dedicated York Viva Bus Rapid Transit rapidways along the Highway 7 transit corridor.


August 5, 2015

IBI Group is pleased Metrolinx and York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (YRRTC) have selected EDCO as the preferred proponent to design, build and finance the dedicated York Viva Bus Rapid Transit rapidways along the Highway 7 transit corridor in the City of Vaughan and Town of Richmond Hill.

EDCO is a joint venture of EllisDon Capital Inc. and Coco Paving Inc., supported by a Design-Build joint venture of EllisDon Civil Ltd. and Coco Paving Inc., and a Design Team of IBI Group, LEA Consulting Ltd., WSP Canada Inc. and Peto MacCallum Ltd. The selection of EDCO is the result of an open, fair and competitive procurement process overseen by a third party fairness monitor and based on established industry criteria.

The EDCO team brings together expertise in design, construction and financing, and strong understanding of the local community. EllisDon, the joint venture lead, has extensive experience working on complicated, multi-disciplinary, high profile projects, and along with IBI Group has been involved in the previous phases of the vivaNext project initiative since its inception 12 years ago. Coco Paving is one of Ontario’s largest vertically integrated heavy civil construction contractors with self-performing capabilities.

Selection of this preferred proponent was the next step in the procurement process and leads to the awarding of the contract. Over the coming months, YRRTC and Metrolinx will negotiate final contract details with EDCO. The cost of the project, design details and expected construction schedule will be announced following commercial and financial close in September, signalling the contract has been awarded and signed. Infrastructure Ontario is acting as procurement advisor for the project.

Once the final contract details have been negotiated, EDCO will deliver the vivaNext segments, including approximately 12 kilometres of rapidways, ten new vivastations, bridge widenings, culvert extensions and enhanced boulevards, along the existing Highway 7 transit corridor. The first segment will extend from Helen Street to Interchange Way/Edgeley Boulevard, and the second segment from Bowes Road to Yonge Street via the existing Centre Street and Bathurst Street route. VivaNext rapidways are being built along 34 kilometres of key York Region corridors and will include a total of 38 new vivastations.

This initiative is part of the York Viva BRT project which represents a $1.4 billion transit investment from the Government of Ontario, and is part of Metrolinx’s Regional Transportation Plan, a 25-year plan for an integrated and sustainable transit and transportation system in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The project is being implemented by Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario. Visit more information.

YRRTC is responsible for the planning, design and construction of the full vivaNext rapid transit network and related infrastructure to deliver on the transit priorities set out in the York Region Transportation Master Plan. YRRTC is a wholly-owned subsidiary and share capital corporation of The Regional Municipality of York. The vivaNext plan is a key component of the vision outlined by the Places to Grow Act, which aims to manage growth in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way that enriches communities.

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