As part of its plan to deliver long-term sustainable transportation and better transit, the Province of Ontario created the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority on April 24, 2006. Now known as Metrolinx, it was created to play a critical role in planning and delivering a seamless, integrated transit network allowing people to use public transit to travel easily within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
The development in 2008 of a Regional Transportation Plan, The Big Move, was instrumental in identifying that the province’s transit and transportation problems are regional in nature and cross municipal boundaries. In 2009, Metrolinx merged with GO Transit, the regional public transit service. The organization grew further with the addition of two more operating divisions – the Union Pearson (UP) Express in 2010 and PRESTO in 2011. In 2013, construction began on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, which will run a 19-kilometre light-rail line across the city. The project is set to be complete in 2021.
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In order to do business with Metrolinx and access a wide range of tender opportunities, vendors must register with MERX. All Metrolinx tender information and documents (electronic or hard copy) are now available exclusively through MERX 4, either for a flat, per-opportunity access fee or on an annual membership fee basis.
Metrolinx has implemented a Vendor Performance Management Program (“VPM”) to monitor, evaluate, and record vendor performance metrics. The program utilizes the data collected to calculate and assign a Vendor Performance Rating (“VPR”) in a given category of work to each of Metrolinx’s contracted vendors. A Vendor’s VPR and past performance among other factors shall be utilized as criteria in assessing a vendor’s capability and capacity to bid on future opportunities with Metrolinx. Click on Metrolinx Vendor Relationship (VRM) Guidelines and Procedures to obtain detailed information on Metrolinx’s VRM Program.
All Metrolinx tender documents posted on MERX 4 are currently available in English. Basic information on publicly tendered projects will also be available in French. If you wish to obtain information about our tenders in French, please call 416-869-3600.
Metrolinx Procurement Services goes to market with hundreds of tenders for various goods and services per year. It adheres to its Procurement policy and procedures, which are designed to ensure protection of the public interest. The procurement strategies, processes and procedures utilized are based on industry best practices and reflect the latest in tendering and contract case law. As a public organization, Metrolinx prides itself on maximizing competitive bidding by qualified vendors through a fair, open, and transparent procurement process.
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