27 March 2023

Hitachi Rail was awarded the prestigious IJ Global’s (IJG) 2022 Transport Deal of the Year for North America in the light rail category. The award recognized Hitachi Rail and consortium members for their roles in winning the $9B CAD contract to deliver the Ontario Line RSSOM.

Hitachi Rail and Connect 6ix reached their financial close milestone in November of 2022 – ending a successful two-year procurement period supported by Infrastructure Ontario. Highlighting the RSSOM and Connect 6ixs’ planned delivery of a 15.6-km, fully driverless metro system with GoA4 grade automation for Toronto using proven technologies. To support the fleet, delivery includes a fully integrated systems package comprised of all power systems, overhead contact system, platform edge doors, signaling, communications, security, and supervisory control and data acquisition.

We are elated to receive this award from such a prestigious industry publication,” said Joseph Pozza, CFO and Country Representative, Hitachi Rail North America. “Our team has been hard at work over the course of the last two years to bring the Ontario Line RSSOM to financial close – and the kick-off the ensuing work to reality. While there are many milestones ahead for Connect 6ix, we are honored to receive this level of recognition early on.

The RSSOM package is one of multiple packages comprising the full Ontario Line project, representing innovation in the North American P3 space, leading to the award win. “The Ontario Line RSSOM package stands testament to the benefits of bringing the private sector onboard to deliver highly-technical infrastructure projects to achieve value for money with on-budget, on-time delivery,” said Angus Leslie-Melville, editorial director of IJGlobal. “IJGlobal was hugely impressed by the challenges overcome by the Connect 6ix team…”

The Ontario Line will create a high-frequency rapid transit service – with trains running as frequently as every 90 seconds – through the heart of Toronto. The new line will accommodate nearly 400,000 daily boardings and will be a major enhancement in public transit capacity and connectivity. Once completed, the Ontario Line will be part of an integrated transit network designed to ensure navigation throughout the city of Toronto and the surrounding region will be easier, more intuitive and more environmentally friendly. The new subway line will put approximately 227,500 people within walking distance to transit and connect to more than 40 other transit routes.

Alongside Hitachi Rail, the Conmnect6ix consortium is made up of Plenary Americas, Webuild Group, Transdev Canada Inc, IBI Group Professional Services (Canada) Inc, NGE Contracing Inc., and financial advisors National Bank Financial Inc. and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.

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About Hitachi Rail: Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signaling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey solutions. With a presence in 38 countries across six continents and over 12,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions. We are proud of our global achievements, from our world ­famous ‘bullet trains’, to our signaling solutions and turnkey projects, state­-of-the-art traffic management and digital solutions. Drawing on the wider Hitachi Group’s market-leading technology and research-and-development capabilities, we strive for industry leading innovations and solutions that can deliver value for customers and sustainable railway systems that benefit wider society. For information about Hitachi Rail, visit www.hitachirail.com.

About Connect 6IX

Connect 6ix is a vertically structured consortium comprised of Hitachi Rail, Plenary Americas, Webuild Group, Transdev Canada Inc, IBI Group Professional Services (Canada) Inc, NGE Contracing Inc., and financial advisors National Bank Financial Inc. and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. Hitachi Rail and Plenary Americas work as co-leaders of the project in areas including —equity, design, construction, operations, and maintenance. The greater consortium is comprised of world-class specialists in each of those areas to add breadth and depth to the Connect 6ix team: JII for equity financing, IBI for design, Webuild-Astaldi and NGE for civil construction, and Transdev for operations in an effort to focus on Connect 6ix’s efforts on a long-term solution to maximize transit innovation for Ontario’s traveling public.