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RSS FeedsInfrastructure Ontario head sees `challengesī in getting major transit projects done on time
(The Star Business)


2 december 2019 16:09:57

Infrastructure Ontario head sees `challengesī in getting major transit projects done on time
(The Star Business)

The provincial government could be facing an uphill battle to get its $28.5-billion GTA transit plan built on schedule, for the simple reason that contractors may not be able to handle the workload. During a panel discussion at the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships‚Äô annual conference in Toronto on Nov. 19, Infrastructure Ontario president Ehren Cory was asked whether the industry had the capacity to build the transit projects as planned.‚ÄúHow confident are we that the staging will allow the market to adjust to the capacity required? I would say: medium,‚ÄĚ he told the industry audience at the session entitled ‚ÄúDelivering Ontario‚Äôs $28.5-Billion Transit Plan.‚ÄĚCory said the provincial government was staging construction in a way that will let private firms decide which projects they want to pursue and make long-term plans. ‚ÄúAll of that‚Äôs good. I think where, when we look down the pipe, where it becomes more problematic, is when you layer on not just our program, which is big in itself, not just the transit program we‚Äôre doing together ‚Ķ There are some significant health-care projects also coming in the same timeframe, then there‚Äôs nuclear refurbishment going on in our market. And then there‚Äôs the private-sector activity, which you only have to look around Toronto to see,‚ÄĚ he said, referring to the city‚Äôs ongoing development boom.‚ÄúSo I say ‚Äėmedium‚Äô because I think our staging does a very effective job in helping lay out the runway for our projects ... But we only control a part of that, and when we look at how hot the market is, we do have concerns, certainly. ‚ÄúRegardless of our staging, when you add up all that‚Äôs going on in the market, we see real challenges ... in the early ‚Äô20s, in the next few years,‚ÄĚ he added. In response to the Star‚Äôs questions Friday, a spokesperson for IO said Cory ‚Äúwanted to provide addition ...

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