January 17, 2002

Five consortia interested in developing York Region's inter-regional rapid transit system

NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York has received submissions from five consortia responding to a Request for Qualifications regarding a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for a York rapid transit plan. Such a PPP would be the first of its kind in Canada. The joint venture is a collaborative effort between the Region of York and the municipalities of Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan.

The Request for Qualifications has attracted such companies as the Royal Bank of Canada, Ellis-Don Corporation, Hydro One and Bombardier.

A unique approach to developing a rapid transit system, a public-private partnership will fast track the successful delivery of inter-regional rapid transit and incorporate the most advanced transit technologies currently in use.

"We must strike while the iron is hot because the level of interest in transit right now couldn't be greater," said Bill Fisch, Regional Chair. "Both the Federal Government and the Province are increasingly tying their funding programs to public-private partnerships. The successful formation of a partnership will strengthen the Region's chances of obtaining such funding, which is critical for implementing rapid transit."

The York rapid transit strategy is the heart of the Transportation Master Plan for York Region, a 30-year action plan that will address transportation needs in York Region and across Greater Toronto.

York's strategy is focused on an extensive rapid transit system that is well linked to the transit systems in the City of Toronto and the Regions of Durham and Peel.

"A public-private partnership for transit has the potential to lead to more innovative solutions," said Kees Schipper, Commissioner of Transportation and Works, York Region. "It will combine the experience and knowledge of the public sector in addressing public needs and the expertise of the private sector in transportation technology, financing, project management and creative problem solving."

A Request for Proposal will be issued to qualified proponents later this month, with a target to enter into a partnership with a successful proponent by late Spring 2002.

Included is a list of each individual consortium and their members who submitted a Request for Qualification:

AECOM Enterprises ATC/National Express Corporation

IBI Group Siemens Canada Ltd.

Delcan Corporation Irisbus

Peter Kiewit Son's Co. Ltd. Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

Ellis-Don Corporation Royal Bank of Canada

Aecon Infrastructure Marshall Macklin Monaghan

Alstom Lea Associates

Borealis Capital AON

Hydro One Connex Gowlings


Bombardier AMEC

Hatch Mott MacDonald

Tyco Capital Cansult Limited

Earth Tech Canada Inc. Lura Consulting

Carillion Canada Inc. Clayton Research Associates Ltd.

D.C. Damman & Associates Weston Consulting Group Inc.

The Regional Municipality of York provides many essential services, including Police Services, Ambulance, Health Services, Public Transit, Regional Roads, Solid Waste Disposal, Water and Wastewater, Regional Planning and Growth Management, Social Assistance, Family and Children's Services, and Housing. York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities: Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville. For more information, visit our Web site at: www.region.york.on.ca

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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