Opportunities in Canadian transit

Companies have an opportunity to contribute (via supplying or partnering) to Vancouver’s TransLink transit investment projects which aim to provide efficient, affordable, and sustainable transit options.

TransLink is Metro Vancouver’s transportation network, serving residents and visitors with public transit, major roads, and bridges. With a legislated requirement to identify proposed transportation services, key initiatives, and capital investments (as well as determine how these services, initiatives and investments will be funded), TransLink must prepare a 10-year investment plan at least once every three years and present it to the Mayor’s Council for approval. Once approved, The 10-year Investment Plan becomes the new strategic plan.

The current 10-year 2018-2027 Investment Plan – also known as “Phase Two Plan” – was approved in June 28, 2018 and outlines a number of key transportation improvement projects that will help transit ridership increase from 2017’s ridership level (248 million) to 316 million trips by 2027. A few of the new investments funded in Phase Two include:

  • Modernization of Expo-Millennium Line infrastructure, including significant capacity and reliability upgrades to systems and stations, and additional SkyTrain cars for the Expo and Millennium lines to increase capacity and accommodate growth,
  • Construction and operation of the Millennium Line Broadway Extension,
  • Construction and operation of the Surrey-Newton-Guildford Line (Light Rail Transit), and
  • Project development and potential early works for the Surrey-Langley Line (Light Rail Transit).

A recent May 2019 news release outlines a $1.47 billion investment that will increase the capacity of the SkyTrain fleet and support much needed operational and system upgrades along the Expo and Millennium Lines to serve a rapidly growing ridership. The funds will be used to purchase approximately 200 new SkyTrain cars to replace the 150 original cars nearing the end of their life cycle, and to expand the fleet. A new vehicle storage facility will also be built, upgrades to the vehicle operations and maintenance centre will be undertaken, and mainline power, train control, and operating systems will be improved along the Expo and Millennium Lines to support longer and more frequent trains.

For more information on current opportunities, please visit: TransLink Bidding Opportunities.

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