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Arup Supports Metrolinx Plans to Electrify Canada’s Largest Commuter Rail Network

Parul Dubey on May 16, 2023 - in Transit, Transportation

Toronto – Arup, a global sustainable development consultancy, has been selected as the  Technical Advisor on Metrolinx’s massive commuter rail project. The project will transform the rail  network and introduce new electric trains along core segments of the network in the Greater Toronto  and Hamilton area (GTHA), as GO Transit moves to add two-way, all-day GO train service to fast growing cities and towns outside the Toronto core.  

The project will significantly expand service for commuters in the GTHA, by adding regular service  outside of peak travel hours, moving from 3,500 weekly trips to more than 10,000 as it electrifies a large  portion of the GO Network. The multi-phase project, delivered under a Progressive Design-Build Operate-Maintain procurement model, is now in a two-year development phase.  

An Arup-led team, including subconsultants AECOM, Egis, and Network Rail, supports Metrolinx’s  Technical Management Office as they map out the transformation of one of North America’s largest  commuter rail systems.  

The On Corridor Works (OnCorr) project is the largest capital infrastructure project in the GO  Expansion program. OnCorr includes all works to facilitate a significant expansion of train service,  including train infrastructure, train fleet, civil works, signaling, electrification, network control,  communication systems, and fleet procurement, as well as the operations and maintenance of the GO  Transit rail network. One of the first stages of the project will involve the reconfiguration of tracks and  platforms at Union Station, as trains continue to run.  

Peter Guest, Arup’s Americas Rail Business Leader, said: “Arup’s passenger rail experience expertise  on more than 35 rail systems in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia will be especially relevant to  guide this project.” Arup played a key role in the newly opened Elizabeth line in London, which was  designed as an electrified system to provide a lower carbon footprint and faster service.  

Currently, only about one per cent of North America’s rail networks are electrified, in contrast to  Europe, where more than 60% of commuter rail lines are electric.  

Sean Meadows, Arup’s Canada leader, said: “The key for a project of this size is to take an intensely  collaborative approach. Together with all partners on the GO Expansion Program, we have begun to  implement Metrolinx’s goal to deliver service every 15 minutes or better on core segments of the  network, in both directions, all day.”  


About Arup  

Dedicated to sustainable development, Arup is a collective of designers, consultants and experts  working globally. Founded to be humane and excellent, we collaborate with our clients and partners  using imagination, technology, and rigor to shape a better world. Arup has offices in Toronto, Montreal,  and in more than 80 cities around the world. In Toronto, Arup has designed and supported the  construction of new subway stations, including the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and York University  stations. Arup is currently leading the design and supporting the construction of the Finch West LRT,  providing tunneling services for the Scarborough Subway Extension and LRT expertise as Technical  Advisor on the Eglinton Corridor West Extension project. Our work helps to shape our cities through  better infrastructure across Canada and globally, with a focus on sustainability in all we do.  https://www.arup.com/ 

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