Canada: Hitachi in C$4.6 billion Hurontario Light Rail Line

Hitachi Rail STS, as a member of the Mobilinx consortium, signed a C$4.6 billion contract with Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx for the Hurontario LRT. 

The Mobilinx team, consisting of John Laing, Astaldi, Hitachi, Amico, Bot, Salini Impregilo and Transdev, will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the LRT. Following the design, construction and commissioning of the HuLRT, Mobilinx will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the system for 30 years. The contract value includes approximately C$2.1 billion in total capital costs for construction of the Hurontario LRT.

The Hurontario LRT is an 18-kilometre, 19-stop light rail transit system that will run along Hurontario Street from Port Credit in Mississauga to Brampton Gateway Terminal. The LRT will operate in a separated guideway with traffic priority throughout most of the corridor. The new line will also better connect passengers to other modes of mass transportation. It will link the Province’s GO stations at Port Credit and Cooksville, the Mississauga Transitway, Square One GO Bus Terminal, Brampton Gateway Terminal, as well as routes from Züm and MiWay.

As a result, the lives of people living in the cities of Mississauga and Brampton along the Hurontario corridor are set to be transformed by the new state-of-the-art light rail project. When it opens in the fall of 2024, the Hurontario LRT is expected to move up to 14 million passengers per year, shortening journeys, reducing congestion and improving the municipal environment with its new electric vehicles.

Hitachi has experience delivering, either by itself or through similar consortium relationships, highly successful projects around the world from Honolulu, Copenhagen and Lima to Riyadh and Taipei.

Andrew Barr, Hitachi Rail Group CEO, commented: “This new line will make a significant difference to both the quality of life and the economic vitality of this region for decades to come. Our mission is to unlock cities’ transport networks using our world-leading technology. We’re thrilled to help deliver Ontario’s expansion plan by making it easier and faster for people to get around the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area. With our role in maintenance and operations, this also marks the start of a lasting and productive 30-year relationship with Metrolinx to deliver for passengers.Hitachi Rail continues to grow its presence in North America and this is an important step for the business.”

As a global leader in mobility and the technology that moves people and freight worldwide, Hitachi’s membership in the Mobilinx Consortium includes: 
Project Company membership, with responsibility for the DBFOM Contract;
Construction Contractor membership, with responsibility for the Design and Build (D&B) Contract, which includes the D&B of the Systems, and Revenue Vehicles; and
Service Provider membership, with responsibility for the Operation and Maintenance Contract.

Hitachi Rail STS will install its advanced safety systems along the line and in the trains to assist the driver with course, speed and traffic conditions. The technology – known in the industry as Wayside Standard Platform CBTC – allows the vehicle’s cab to connect wirelessly to infrastructure along the track and a central control center and has an AI system that advises the driver of the optimum safe speed based on what is further down the line.

To run and maintain the new rail line, Hitachi will provide to Mobilinx the operations control center, as well as the rail systems equipment for the maintenance and storage facility. At the peak of construction, Mobilinx estimates that there will be approximately 800 workers on the project, with up to 80 percent of the labor from the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area.
Hitachi Rail STS is a member of the Mobilinx Consortium along with Astaldi Canada Enterprises Inc., Salini-Impregilo S.p.A., John Laing Investments Limited, Transdev North America, Inc. and Amico Concessions Inc. and Bot Engineering & Construction Ltd. The Consortium’s scope covers:

18 stops, plus one underground station, as well as other related infrastructure work;
at-grade and elevated guideways;
relocation or diversion of utilities;
trackwork;an Operations Control Center (OCC) and an Operation, Maintenance and Storage Facility (OMSF);
signaling & Train Control, Telecommunications and SCADA;
traction power, overhead contact line;
a fleet of 28 Light Rail Vehicles; and
Operation & Maintenance of the infrastructure and vehicles for 30 years.

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