TS Feeder Stations Metrolinx Eglinton LRT System:
Runnymede and Bermondsey
Client: Toronto Hydro
Size of Project: $50 Million (Construction)
Duration: 12 months (Design)
Combined Length of Ducts: 3.2 KM’s
New Cable Chambers: 32
Toronto’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) Projects are part of Metrolinx’s Regional Transportation Plan, a $50 billion 25-year expansion plan to provide convenient, reliable and fast transportation that will relieve the ever-increasing traffic congestion in and around the GTA.
In order to support and supply sufficient power to this new LRT system, however, new feeders from nearby substations (Runnymede and Bermondsey) must be designed and built. Without this essential behind-the-scenes work, the LRT project cannot move forward.
Finding space in existing roads for the accommodation of large structures such as these poses the biggest challenge. The second challenge is timing, as this work is integral to the continued construction of the LRT. On-time completion of these projects is critical, ultimately impacting the opening of the Eglinton LRT System.
DPM’s Roles and Responsibilities
Given our experience on large civil projects around Toronto, such as Queens Quay West and the Pan AM Village, DPM Energy was hired by Toronto Hydro to provide the detailed hydro design of the civil structures that will house two new feeders, at Runnymede and at Bermondsey. We have developed a solid working relationship with Toronto Hydro over the years. They trust us to deliver on time so they can meet their own obligations, in this case to the Metrolinx LRT team.
Our proven track record with complex road projects demonstrates that we can expedite designs quickly. Past projects have taught us to identify critical issues early on, giving everyone involved ample time to find smart solutions and making the final approval and construction process more efficient.
While feeder and substation projects such as these may never be front and centre in the public eye, their meticulous and timely completion is crucial to the overall project — none of what is being built inside the LRT zone would work without these new and improved feeder stations to supply the power required for an LRT system in our city.