Blue line drilling | A contract “as quickly as possible”, says the STM

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) said Monday that it wanted to award a contract “as quickly as possible” for the drilling of the extension of the blue line of the Montreal metro.

Companies interested in digging the six-kilometer tunnel had until 1er last February to submit a bid, following an award process that had been underway for more than a year.

Since then, the file has been in the hands of the public authorities. “The analysis of the submissions and the call for tenders are underway in the governance of the extension of the blue line with all the partners,” indicated Éric Alan Caldwell, chairman of the board of directors of the STM, to the board. municipal.

The Press has already revealed that the consortium led by the Pomerleau firm, called Mobilité Bleu Horizon, was convinced of being alone on the starting line. The group of companies had also threatened this fall not to submit a bid if the future contract was not modified according to its requests.

Mr. Caldwell answered questions from opposition MP Christine Black. “We’ve been waiting for more than two months!” “, she lamented.

Mme Black also raised concerns about the construction of the Bellechasse underground bus garage, in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, a project twice as expensive and twice as long as initially announced.

“There will be no cost overruns in the new version of the cost projection,” assured Mr. Caldwell. “We’re going to stick to it. » However, he recognized that the cost of the garage’s electric charging infrastructure was not included in the 584 million bill.

As for the timetable, “we still have the objective of delivering the Bellechasse transport center by the end of 2024,” continued the elected official.

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