Valley Forge, Pa. — Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems received a contract from Metrolinx, the regional transportation authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The contract was awarded to Gannett Fleming Canada ULC, its Canadian subsidiary, to serve as the technical and program management consultant for the electrification of the GO Transit rail network. GFT&RS is the North American leader in transit and railroad track, signal, communication, catenary, and electric traction design.

“GO Transit’s annual ridership is 68 million and growing,” said Michael T. McNamara, P.E., president of GFT&RS. “Gannett Fleming’s extensive experience in rail systems and mass transit services will enable Metrolinx and GO Transit to better respond to this growing demand in order to meet the needs of the region now and into the future.”

GFT&RS will assist Metrolinx with this Alternative Financing Procurement through development of bid documents, assistance with procurement, and oversight of design and construction. The firm will deliver electrification standards, environmental assessment, project specific output specifications, analysis of bridge clearances, simulation of railroad operations, and detailed design of enabling works. Some key functions of the team will be negotiating with Hydro One for location of substations, coordination with third parties, and integration of the electrification standards into other projects under way on the network.

The electrification is part of the GO Regional Express Rail program, which will expand the capacity of the GO rail network to provide customers with faster, more frequent, and more convenient service to and from dozens of stations in core sections of the GO rail network throughout the day, evenings and weekends.