Call For Tenders
Tender No. RQQ-2020-PPDD-512
Metrolinx is issuing this Request to Qualify and Quote (RQQ) to retain the services of Vendor to provide the goods and/or services described herein. Metrolinx intends to notify a Proponent of acceptance of its Submission and enter into a Contract through an open, fair and competitive process.
Metrolinx is accepting Submissions for the Study of Future Pedestrian Movement Patterns at Union Station in 2041.
Metrolinx is a crown agency of the Government of Ontario under the Metrolinx Act, 2006, reporting to the Ministry of Transportation. It was created to improve the coordination and integration of all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The Metrolinx mandate includes delivering the best possible transportation services today while leading the way to an even better, more convenient service tomorrow; making the best possible use of public transportation investment dollars; and measurably improving the quality of life in the region.
Union Station is the busiest intermodal transportation hub in Canada, serving over 300,000 customers a day. It currently services GO trains, GO buses, UP Express trains, TTC streetcars and subway, VIA Rail Canada, and Amtrak intercity trains. The Station also provides connections to a pedestrian walkway network (the PATH), access to Bike Share and taxis along Front St, and a dedicated ride share pick up and drop off area on Station Street. The number of individuals accessing Union Station hsas been growing and will continue to grow as the population of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) continues to increase and as the GO network further expands to meet the needs of the growing population, including the needs of the changing demographics of the region as an increasingly aging and diverse population.
Due to its role as a central Transit Hub, Union Station has been the subject of ongoing revitalization and infrastructure improvements to strengthen its capacity. Examples of this include the construction of the York GO Concourse, the current revitalization of the Bay GO Concourse, and the ongoing construction of the new Union Station Bus Terminal, which will house GO bus and Intercity bus services. Recent studies have emphasized the need to further develop Union Station in order to accommodate the growing number of customers associated with the expansion of the GO network and adjacent transportation systems. In 2008, the Regional Transportation Plan “The Big Move” identified nine priority actions that would improve the GTHA’s transportation system, and one of these priorities focused on the expansion of Union Station. The Plan recognized that the Station should be a user-focused facility that provides seamless connections between all modes of transportation and the surrounding Downtown Toronto area. The development of the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan (2041 RTP) builds on “The Big Move” and continues to note optimization of Union Station as one of the actions necessary to allow for the delivery of regional transit projects.
The Union Station 2031 Demands and Opportunities Study (2012) recognised Union Station’s role as a multi-modal hub and the expected increase in the ridership levels by 2031. Since the development of this Study, the GO Rail system has been further expanded, through the addition of new stations, facilities, and other infrastructure. The Study’s projected ridership for 2031 has already been exceeded in 2018.
The release of the GO Expansion Full Business Case in 2018 acknowledged the pressure that would be placed on Union Station due to the planned increases in the levels of service. The FBC also noted the need to expand passenger facilities to accommodate growth in ridership, however, its focus was on platforms and track accommodation.
The majority of the work that has been completed at Union Station to date has been focused on the Station’s track and platform layout and on improving safety and access between the platforms and the concourses. With increased passenger flows, more focus needs to be placed on holistic pedestrian movement patterns beyond the concourses and platforms and into the surrounding connections and services to allow for an improved experience for all users, passengers and non-passengers alike.
The objective of this Request to Qualify and Quote (RQQ) is to solicit proposals from Proponents for the provision of a Planning Study including an analysis of the pedestrian movement patterns throughout the Union Station Precinct and into the surrounding Downtown Toronto area, including the movement patterns of pedestrians using the Station on a frequent and infrequent basis. The study area is the Union Station site bordered by Bay Street, Front Street, York Street and the edge of the Telus and Scotiabank Arena properties, as well as a 500 metre distance from the outer edge of this station area. This will be carried out over a 30 week. The requirements are more particularly described in Scope of Work of this Request Document.
ELECTRONIC BID SUBMISSION will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. on May 21, 2021.
***NOTE: ELECTRONIC BID SUBMISSION
Your Submission for this opportunity must be sent to Metrolinx through the use of MetrolinxMERX EBS. Bidders shall be solely responsible for the delivery of their Submission using MetrolinxMERX EBS by the Closing, in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders.
Only Consultant who possess the following experience and qualifications will be considered for award of this Contract:
- Fifteen (15) years of experience in project management of transportation planning projects in a similar urban context, including tasks such as transportation planning, transit planning, transportation engineering, active transportation planning, urban planning;
- Ten (10) years of experience with modeling outputs and translating them into planning outcomes and creation of interventions.
Metrolinx reserves the right to reject any or all Submissions at its sole discretion.