RFP for Scarborough Subway Extension tunneling work expected to be released

Aug. 19, 2020
Three shortlisted teams will be asked to prepare proposals for the tunneling work associated with the three-stop extension.

The government of Ontario is expected to issue a Request for Proposals on Aug. 20 for the advance tunneling work on the Scarborough Subway Extension.  

"The RFP release is the next step in our plans for transit expansion in Scarborough as we develop a world-class transportation network that gets people where they want to go, when they want to get there," said Ontario Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney.

Earlier this month, three teams were shortlisted following the issuance of a Request for Qualifications for the project, which will extend the Toronto Transit Commission’s Bloor-Danforth Line 2 approximately eight kilometers (4.9 miles).

Scarborough Subway Extension is one of four transit priority projects being pursued by the province. It will have two major contracts associated with it: the first for the tunneling work and a second for the balance of the work. The province says allowing tunneling to begin first will expedite delivery of the final project.

Upon evaluating the proposals received, Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx expect to award this tunneling contract in mid-2021.

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.