Subway extension one step closer with RFPs

The Yonge North Subway Extension is one step closer to reality, with the provincial government issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the contract to design and build the subway’s tunnels.

“The RFP release is the next critical step in our government’s plan to extend subway service north from Finch Station to communities in Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill for the first time ever,” says Minister of Transportation Prabmeet Sarkaria.

CrossTransit Group, North End Connectors and Toronto-York Tunnel Connectors were shortlisted earlier this year through a Request for Qualifications process and have been invited to submit proposals that detail how they’d deliver the tunnelling project. The contract, expected to be awarded in late 2024, includes work to design, build and finance the construction of tunnels and the launch and extraction shafts that will be used for the tunnel boring machines.

“This is an exciting milestone for the Yonge North Subway Extension,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Design and construction of the tunnel is a big part of this project. Going to market for this work demonstrates the strong commitment by all three levels of government to York Region’s number one transportation priority.”

Early upgrade work at Finch Station, where the Yonge North Subway Extension will connect with existing Line 1 service, is now substantially complete. The upgrades set the stage for major construction of the subway extension, which will put 26,000 more people within a 10-minute walk of transit and is expected to reduce daily travel times for commuters by up to 22 minutes, according to the provincial government.

“As our region continues to grow, this critical infrastructure project will provide travellers with more convenient transportation options while continuing to strengthen the economic vitality of our communities,” York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson says.

The approximately eight-kilometre subway extension is one of Ontario’s four priority subway projects for the Greater Toronto Area. The others are the Ontario Line, the Scarborough Subway Extension and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension.

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