Toronto (Metrolinx)


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Fare Collection Procurement Advisory Services—Metrolinx (Toronto, Canada)

Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario created to improve the coordination and integration of all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GHTA). They are responsible for the operation of the largest transportation investment in Ontario’s history. PRESTO, Ontario’s transit payment system, was designed in the early 2000s as a joint project of several municipal transit agencies. The system currently supports eleven transit agencies across the GHTA and Ottawa and enables riders to move seamlessly between the transit systems.

The 2022 Procurement Program is being undertaken to replace the current contracts that Metrolinx has with its prime vendors, introduce a more flexible operating model, and deliver innovative new payment options to customers. Clevor Consulting Group (CCG) was contracted in 2021 to provide consulting services and project management support and serve as the author of the technical specifications for their tendered procurement. Metrolinx has leveraged CCG ‘s expertise to develop industry-leading back-office technical requirements using a well-proven methodology. CCG continues to support Metrolinx through proposal evaluation, contract negotiations and conceptual design review. The modernized services that Metrolinx procures will complement a new operating model and enhanced capabilities for participating transit agencies.

Period of Performance: September 2021 to Present

Project Responsibilities

  • Refinement of agency business outcomes and technical requirements
  • Evaluation of legacy devices and systems requiring integration
  • Development of comprehensive system transition plan
  • Development of Fare Collection System technical specifications, RFP, and evaluation packages
  • Proposal evaluation
  • Contract negotiation support
  • Solution Finalization (i.e., Conceptual Design Review)

Key Accomplishments

  • Facilitated Metrolinx and transit agency requirements capture and design workshops
  • Performed technical and commercial evaluations of device refresh proposals
  • Authored AFC back-office specifications
  • Participated in vendor pre-qualification process
  • Participated as an RFP evaluator on the proposal evaluation committee
  • Supporting contract negotiations
References available upon request.