Metrolinx LRT Hydro Relocation Design, Finch West

Client: Toronto Hydro
Size of Project: $15 Million (Construction)
Duration: 1 year (Design)
Overhead Powerlines Relocated: 6.5 KM’s
Underground Powerlines Relocated: 5 KM’s
New Light Rail Transit Extension: 11 KM’s

The Challenge

Toronto’s Light Rail Transit Projects are part of Metrolinx’s Regional Transportation Plan, a $50 billion 25-year plan to provide fast, reliable and convenient, transportation that will relieve the ever-increasing traffic congestion in and around the GTA.

The Finch West Light Rapid Transportation (FWLRT) Project will add 11 kilometres of new transit along Finch Avenue from the planned Finch West subway station at Keele Street to Humber College.

In advance of the LRT construction, 11.5 kilometres of existing overhead and an underground plant needed to be relocated. Constant Land Base change, however, has created challenges with the proposed placement of hydro poles and overhead distribution.

DPM’s Roles and Responsibilities

Due to our experience and expertise with power distribution systems, as one of Toronto Hydro’s prime consultants, DPM Energy was brought on board to assist Metrolinx in creating preliminary designs to be used by the successful proponent to help execute the ultimate relocation works.

These deliverables include the following services:

  • Provide Scope ReviewProvide Scope Review

  • Provide Concept/Preliminary

  • High level budgets

  • Property impact analysis

  • Obtain design approval from Toronto Hydro

DPM Solutions

DPM Energy’s well-established relationship with Toronto Hydro allows us to expedite all deliverables with great efficiency. Once the Finch West LRT is operational, it will provide rapid transit to neighbourhoods that need it the most, travelling through two of the City of Toronto’s 13 identified priority neighbourhoods – Jamestown and Jane/Finch.