ReNew Canada_MayJune2022_Metrolinx_InfrastructureOntario

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Transit I n April 2019, the Ontario government announced a historic $28.5-billion transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region (GTHA), including four priority subway projects within Toronto. A few months later, the Getting Ontario Moving Act was enacted, granting ownership of the new subway projects to the province. Enter Metrolinx. Metrolinx, a Crown agency of the Ontario government, is responsible for developing and operating an integrated transportation system for the GTHA. Metrolinx plans to deliver more than 40 new kilometres of subway lines, 50 kilometres of new LRT lines, and 200 kilometres of new GO train tracks. It will include 100 new stations and stops throughout the GTA, Hamilton, and Niagara Region. Infrastructure Ontario, also a Crown agency, supports initiatives to modernize and maximize the value of public infrastructure and real estate, in cooperation with the private sector. Working together, Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario are developing new programs and processes to ensure the effective delivery of these complex transit projects. These projects involve complicated coordination among many stakeholders: everyone who has a cable, pipeline, or power line under the streets. How do you keep them all operating while you're digging entrances and exits to the new subway lines without running into huge overhead costs? Building transit faster Paul Collins, utilities director of Capital Projects Group at Metrolinx and Gord Reynolds, vice president of Commercial Advisory & Strategy at Infrastructure Ontario, wanted to answer that question and find a way to deliver transit projects more quickly with fewer conflicts and delays. They proposed legislation that is the first of its kind in North America. The Ontario government saw their bill, PLAN BEFORE YOU DIG Accurate data gets Ontario transit infrastructure projects moving faster. By Armando LaCivita Credit: Metrolinx Esri Canada was involved in a pilot project with Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario that helped manage and resolve conflicts around utility coordination. Metrolinx plans to deliver more than 50 kilometres of new LRT lines, including the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension. 34 ReNew Canada May/June 2022

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