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CH2M progressing Metrolinx’s urban transformation through vehicle technology consultancy

CH2M will provide program management and engineering services in the procurement of electric locomotives, electric multiple units, dual mode locomotives and other equipment types.

Metrolinx, an agency of the Government of Ontario championing and delivering mobility solutions for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), has recently selected CH2M as its vehicle technology consultant for the Regional Express Rail (RER) program.

The RER program is part of an Ontario budget commitment to invest CAN$29 billion in infrastructure over 10 years province-wide, with CAN$15 billion dedicated to transit in the GTHA. This includes offering electrified, all‐day, two‐way service that is reliable, safe and smooth on the Metrolinx-owned GO Transit inter-regional system. Helping to implement this visionary urban transformation, CH2M will provide program management and engineering services in the procurement of electric locomotives, electric multiple units (EMU), dual mode locomotives and other equipment types.

CH2M brings to this assignment in-depth diesel multiple unit (DMU) and EMU experience, complemented by first-hand knowledge of Metrolinx’s system, vision and goals. The company has supported clients across the globe in their transition from diesel operation to electrification, including Amtrak’s new fleet of high‐speed electric locomotives for the Northeast corridor and Australia’s largest EMU procurement.

“This investment in GO Transit will transform how its seven commuter rail corridors are used, bringing new transit options to residents throughout the GTHA,” stated Jeff Rankin, CH2M’s Ontario Transit Systems Operations Lead. “We are honored to continue our partnership with Metrolinx on these exciting developments.”

From commuter rail, streetcars and light rail, to rapid transit and high speed rail, CH2M has a strong track record of successful projects worldwide, including Metrolinx’s Light Rail Vehicle, Rapid Transit, Union Pearson Express and RER programs. This proven history has earned the company recognition as a top consultant for Transportation Design, Mass Transit and Rail and Program Management, as ranked by Engineering News‐Record in 2016.

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