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Aecon consortium selected for the Scarborough Subway Extension Stations, Rail and Systems project in Ontario

Aecon announced today that Scarborough Transit Connect, a 50/50 consortium between Aecon and FCC Canada Limited in which Aecon is the lead partner, has been selected by Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario as the development partner for the Scarborough Subway Extension Stations, Rail and Systems project in Ontario.

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TORONTO /CNW/ – Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) announced today that Scarborough Transit Connect (STC), a 50/50 consortium between Aecon and FCC Canada Limited (FCC) in which Aecon is the lead partner, has been selected by Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario as the development partner for the Scarborough Subway Extension Stations, Rail and Systems (SRS) project in Ontario. The SRS package for the Scarborough Subway Extension is being delivered using a Progressive Design-Build (PDB) model.

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STC has executed a development phase agreement with IO and Metrolinx to collaboratively finalize the scope, cost and schedule of various elements of the project over an 18-month period, with certain early works activities commencing during this phase. Upon successful completion of the development phase, an implementation phase will commence under a target price contract. 

The project will extend the TTC’s Line 2 subway service nearly eight kilometres farther from the existing Kennedy Station northeast to McCowan Road and Sheppard Avenue, including three new stations with connections to Line 5 (the Eglinton Crosstown LRT), GO train and bus services, TTC bus service and Durham Region Transit.  The extension will replace the existing Line 3, improving the customer experience by offering quick and seamless access to downtown and helping reduce travel times.

“Aecon is playing a leading role in delivering some of the most transformative transit projects of this generation and we are pleased to bring our proven Urban Transportation Solutions expertise to this world-class project that will connect communities in Scarborough and across Toronto,” said Jean-Louis Servranckx, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aecon Group Inc. “We are pleased to be working with our client and partner through the progressive design-build framework, which is designed to benefit all stakeholders and will allow for a collaborative approach to finalize scope, cost, and schedule for this complex and large-scale project.”  

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About Aecon

As a Canadian leader in construction and infrastructure development with global expertise, Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) strives to be the number one Canadian infrastructure company and is proud to be recognized as one of the Best Employers and Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. Aecon safely, profitably and sustainably delivers integrated solutions to private and public-sector clients through its Construction segment in the Civil, Urban Transportation, Nuclear, Utility and Industrial sectors, and provides project development, financing, investment and management services through its Concessions segment. Join our online community on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok @AeconGroupInc.

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The information in this press release includes certain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available competitive, financial and economic data and operating plans but are subject to risks and uncertainties. In addition to events beyond Aecon’s control, there are factors which could cause actual or future results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or inferred herein, as discussed in greater detail in Section 13 – “Risk Factors” in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis filed on March 1, 2022, in respect of the period ended September 30, 2022, and filed on October 26, 2022. Except as required by applicable securities laws, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Aecon undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. 

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The Battle Over Intercity Rail: A Political Showdown in Arizona

Arizona’s political divide over intercity rail: GOP opposes, Dems advocate for sustainable transit solutions.

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Republican lawmakers in Arizona are taking a firm stance against the development of intercity rail, particularly a commuter rail between Phoenix and Tucson. Their recent move to impose stringent conditions on the state Department of Transportation, including barring the acceptance of federal funds for commuter rail, has sparked controversy and division along party lines.

Senator Jake Hoffman, a vocal opponent of the commuter rail project, argues that investing in what he deems as outdated technology would be a waste of money, citing low ridership numbers on existing light rail systems. He insists that the focus should be on enhancing road infrastructure like the I-10 instead.

On the other side, Governor Katie Hobbs and Democratic lawmakers are advocating for sustainable transportation solutions, including the potential revival of Amtrak service between Phoenix and Tucson. They emphasize the importance of environmental considerations, clean air for future generations, and reducing carbon emissions.

The clash between the two parties reflects a larger debate on transportation priorities and environmental concerns. While Republicans stress individual freedom and the efficiency of personal automobiles, Democrats highlight the need for greener modes of transportation and addressing climate change.

As the legislative battle continues, the fate of intercity rail in Arizona hangs in the balance. The decision on whether to proceed with the project will have far-reaching implications for the state’s transportation infrastructure and environmental policies. Stay tuned as the Senate deliberates on this contentious issue.

https://tucson.com/news/local/government-politics/tucson-phoenix-commuter-train-jake-hoffman/article_32e22568-c9f3-11ee-a111-071dc300ee63.html

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Enhancements Coming to LA Metro’s B and D Lines: A Look Ahead

“Exciting updates coming to LA Metro’s B and D Lines with the arrival of HR4000 trains, promising smoother rides and enhanced amenities. #TransitEvolution”

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As we journey into the latter part of the year, anticipation builds for the enhancements set to transform the commuting experience along Los Angeles Metro’s B and D Lines. Among the developments stirring excitement is the eagerly awaited arrival of the HR4000 trains, marking a significant stride in modernizing the city’s transit system.

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The order for the HR4000 trains signals the dawn of a new era in urban transportation, representing the initial phase of a monumental $647 million framework deal. This landmark agreement not only ushers in cutting-edge technology but also lays the groundwork for future improvements with options for an additional 218 vehicles. Despite the potential for further expansion, LACMTA has yet to exercise these options, leaving room for speculation on what the future holds for LA’s transit landscape.

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The infusion of the HR4000 trains brings a blend of innovation and efficiency to the heart of LA’s transit network. With enhanced features designed to elevate the passenger experience, commuters can look forward to smoother rides, reduced wait times, and improved accessibility. From spacious interiors to state-of-the-art amenities, these trains promise to redefine the standard of urban travel for residents and visitors alike.

Beyond the tangible upgrades, the impending changes on the B and D Lines signify a broader commitment to sustainable and equitable transportation solutions. As cities worldwide grapple with the imperative to reduce carbon emissions and enhance public transit infrastructure, LA Metro’s initiatives serve as a beacon of progress. By investing in modern, eco-friendly trains, the agency demonstrates its dedication to fostering a greener, more livable city for generations to come.


In shedding light on the forthcoming enhancements, it’s essential to recognize the diligent work of industry experts in shaping the future of LA’s transit system. This report, prepared by IRJ Deputy Editor Mark Simmons and IRJ Contributor Andy Tebay, provides invaluable insights into the transformative developments underway. As champions of innovation and progress, their contributions pave the way for a more connected and resilient urban environment.

As we embark on this journey toward a brighter, more efficient transit future, it’s crucial to acknowledge the collaborative efforts driving these advancements forward. With each milestone reached and each improvement implemented, LA Metro moves one step closer to realizing its vision of a world-class transportation network. Let us embrace the changes ahead with optimism and anticipation, knowing that the best is yet to come.

[Credit: This report was prepared by IRJ Deputy Editor Mark Simmons and IRJ Contributor Andy Tebay; it first appeared on the IRJ website. Source: Railway Age]

https://www.railjournal.com/passenger/metros/hyundai-rotem-wins-us-664m-order-for-la-metro-trains/

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The No Pants Light Rail Ride: A Celebration or a Nuisance?

“The No Pants Light Rail Ride: A Celebration or a Nuisance? Reflecting on the delicate balance between personal expression and public disruption.”

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Earlier this month, the Valley played host to a peculiar celebration, the “body positive” event where individuals shed their pants and hopped onto the light rail. Clad in an array of undergarments – from boxers to briefs to even a daring bikini-cut leather affair – participants reveled in the freedom of riding pantless through the city, much to the surprise of unsuspecting onlookers.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2024/01/16/phoenix-no-pants-light-rail-day-dumb-idea/72246271007/

Originally a lighthearted prank born on the New York City subway, the No Pants Light Rail Ride has typically elicited chuckles and raised eyebrows. However, in the context of broader societal issues, this event prompts reflection on its appropriateness in a public space.

Prior to the pandemic, this event was an annual occurrence, generally met with amusement and little cause for concern. Yet, as Arizona’s light rail system faces scrutiny and opposition, the spectacle of pantless riders raises questions about the line between personal expression and public disruption.

While some may argue that the event is harmless fun akin to beach attire, the light rail serves as a mode of transportation for families and individuals who rely on it to navigate the city. As Arizona’s public transportation system comes under increasing pressure, with legislators impeding its expansion, the No Pants Light Rail Ride may inadvertently fuel the opposition’s arguments against further investment in public transit.

The juxtaposition of a light-hearted event against the backdrop of a serious public policy debate underscores the need for thoughtful consideration of how we express ourselves in shared spaces. As the Valley grapples with the future of its transportation infrastructure, the No Pants Light Rail Ride serves as a timely reminder of the delicate balance between individual freedom and communal respect.

As we move forward, it’s crucial to engage in open dialogue and consider the impact of our actions on the broader community. What might seem like harmless amusement to some could inadvertently undermine important public initiatives. Ultimately, a celebration of body positivity should not come at the expense of a respectful and functional public transit system.

The No Pants Light Rail Ride certainly sparks conversation, but its implications extend beyond mere amusement, nudging us to contemplate the intersection of personal expression and public responsibility in our ever-changing urban landscape.

This article is partly from an opinion piece that was in AZCentral by Laurie Roberts.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2024/01/16/phoenix-no-pants-light-rail-day-dumb-idea/72246271007/

Source: AZ Central

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