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Quebec City launches its request for proposal in order to acquire its rolling stock

-- Original French Version Below --

Quebec City, April 13 2022.

Following the request for qualification for the acquisition of its rolling stock and the approval by the council of ministers of the Quebec Government, qualified bidders can now submit their proposal starting today.

Qualified bidders are now invited to consult and study the detailed documentation, containing over 2000 pages that presents the requirements set in place to ensure that the tramway is effective, well integrated in Quebec's environment and the high standards of quality desired. Technical and financial proposals are expected in September, with the ultimate goal of announcing the private partner by the end of 2022.

The autorisation by the council of minister will also allow the city to launch, on April 26th, its second request for proposals for infrastructures. The autorized consortiums are also invited to consult the detailed documentation of 3000 pages. Proposals and their technical and financial packages are expected in March or April 2023, with the objective of selecting the private partner in the summer of 2023.

In either case, the provided documents and multiple sessions held between the project bureau and the bidders regarding certain specific topics will allow them to prepare their proposals. The alternative mode of realization was retained because of the scope of work, the number of assets to build, the mix of skills required and the overall complexity of the project.

Source: Ville de Québec

Québec, 13 avril 2022.

Les candidats qualifiés invités de matériel roulant peuvent, déjà aujourd'hui, répondre au premier appel de propositions, à la suite de l'autorisation du Conseil des ministres du Gouvernement du Québec, obtenue le mercredi 6 avril dernier.

Les entreprises seront invitées à prendre connaissance des documents détaillés, comptant 2 000 pages, qui présentent les exigences attendues afin que le tramway de Québec soit performant, bien intégré à la trame urbaine et réponde aux hauts standards de qualité recherchés. Les propositions techniques et financières pour le matériel roulant sont attendues en septembre, en vue de sélectionner le partenaire privé à l'automne 2022.

L'autorisation du Conseil des ministres permettra aussi de lancer, le mardi 26 avril prochain, son deuxième appel de propositions pour la réalisation des infrastructures. Les consortiums seront aussi invités à consulter les documents détaillés de 3000 pages. Le dépôt des propositions techniques et financières s'échelonnera de la mi-mars à mi-avril 2023, ce qui mènera au choix de ce partenaire privé dès l'été 2023.

Dans chaque cas, les documents remis et la tenue d'ateliers de discussion bilatéraux entre le Bureau de projet et chaque soumissionnaire sur des thématiques précises leur permettront de préparer leurs propositions. Le mode alternatif de réalisation est retenu en raison de l'envergure des travaux, de la quantité d'actifs à construire, de la mixité des disciplines requises et de la complexité du projet. 

Source: Ville de Québec

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Transfer Hubs (Pôles d’échanges)

Acting as the main interaction point between bus routes and the tramway, transfer hubs will play a significant role in integrating the tramway to the existing network throughout the city. They are built to encourage active transportation and offer a safe and comfortable waiting area for passengers.

As part of its tramway line, the city will have 5 transfer hubs throughout the city. It is expected that upwards of 20,000 daily users will navigate through those hubs, with their design prioritizing seamless and comfortable transfer between various services.

Pôle Le Gendre

Le Gendre will serve as the western terminus of the line, and will be a new addition to Quebec's transit network. Located across from the existing Parc-O-Bus (232 places), it will serve the existing communities on the west-end of the City, Saint-Augustin, L'Ancienne Lorette through various bus routes, Flexibus service, bicycle parking and an additional 500 parking spots for commuters that desire to use public transit to complete their commute into town.

The layout, while not final, will include a dedicated sheltered and heated waiting area for the tramway, with a customer service and fare purchase area. On the other side, bus platforms will offer access to the numerous routes circulating in the surrounding neighbourhoods.

To encourage and promote an active lifestyle, new pedestrian and bike-friendly connections will be made in the area. Of particular interest, Le Gendre will be central in the new transit oriented development (TOD) area which will be built upon the neighbouring lands. Le Gendre will also be located right next to the maintenance and storage facility, which will be located further south on Rue Mendel.

Pôle de Sainte-Foy

Sainte-Foy will serve as the main connection point between the STLévis routes serving the South Shore, tramway and RTC buses. While the hub will be a new addition to the area, it will stop many buses from continuing further on Laurier, where the tramway will be circulating in the median on a dedicated right of way, which will enable better connections for all users. Located in the area between Canadian Tire and Iberville III and IV, the new transfer hub will replace various parking lots and will be a dedicated area to transit users. Originally, the hub was expected to be integrated in Le Phare project, using an underground platform and leading into a second tunnel, which has since been cancelled, leading to the hub being located at surface level at a different location.

Since the first presentation of the hub, the layout has continued to evolved to improve and ease transfers, while also reducing conflict points between the tramway, buses, automobiles and pedestrians. The main building which will host the tramway platform will be oriented North-South, with a bus loop on either side. To the west, the STLévis loop which will integrate commuters from the South Shore, which will connect to Laurier using a dedicated overpass and ramp. To the East, the RTC loop which will accommodate the various local routes and express services, which connects to Hochelaga with a new protected intersection. Given the high volume of traffic seen on Laurier, an overpass will be built to allow the tramway to circulate without an additional intersection, while adding a safer option for pedestrians. Westbound drivers will pass under the tramway and ramps to the STLévis bus loop as traffic flow towards the bridges will remain an important consideration.

As with other hubs, Sainte-Foy will  be a heated and fully-enclosed station that will offer bike parking and lead to a revitalization of the area with new trees and plants. This should help in reducing the urban heat island often observed in the area due to the large paved area.

The construction of this new hub, alongside with the renewal of Hochelaga and Laurier will lead to one of the most important renewal for the area in almost 50 years, allowing for improved connections and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists in a part of town historically dominated by automobiles.

Pôle de l'Université Laval

At this time, not much is known about the exact design of the Université Laval transfer hub. It will be located further west on campus across from the Agathe-Lacerte pavillon. Based on the two renderings that are available, the bus stops area will be further north on Rue de la Médecine, in front of the Adrien-Pouliot pavillon. 

Unlike other hubs and due to the particular layout due to existing structures, it is not expected to be a single enclosed structure. However, shelters are expected to be heated and built to allow for comfortable transfers.

As more information become available, this page will be updated.

Pôle de Saint-Roch

Located right next to the current Rue de la Pointe-aux-Lièvres, the Saint-Roch hub will act as the connection point for buses serving the lower-town, Charlesbourg, Limoilou and other neighbourhoods connected through the various bus routes in the area. For many commuters that work in the Parliamentary District or historic area, it will be their main connection point. It is expected that the hub will allow for the densification and redevelopment of neighbouring lands.

The area has in recent years seen massive increases in active transportation, making it an ideal area to integrate the tramway and other services. This is done by the construction of dedicated structures for the tramway and buses which will offer a comfortable waiting area and shelter as people transfer to their destination. For bus routes connecting, a new bus loop parallel to the tramway will be built to enable quick transfers and reduce walking time. This will be complimented by a public plaza and linear park of the Saint-Charles river.

As part of its construction, various properties were acquired and will be replaced with the hub. To mitigate noise, various considerations have been implemented to reduce impact on neighboring properties, including a curtain wall, use of material and design of the shelters themselves.

Pôle d'Estimauville

Initially supposed to be a hub connecting local buses to the new trambus line, the change in alignment for the tramway resulted in a reconfiguration and redesign of the hub to suit the needs of a tramway. It will serve users arriving from Beauport and further East and will be the eastern terminus for the Tramway.

Once constructed, it will replace the current Terminus Beauport as it will integrate all bus routes and tramway in a single location. The hub will be built at a different location that is currently occupied by the Parc-O-Bus d'Estimauville. The bus loop will be on the northern side of the property, while the tramway stop will be closer to the current alignment of the Boulevard Sainte-Anne.

As part of its construction, the area will also see additional developments to integrate with the area. At this time, a lot of details are not known about the hub as it remains in design, however, it is expected that it will offer heated and sheltered waiting areas for all users, in addition to other relevant services. The station building should have dedicated bicycle storage, relevant services and offer similar comfort and features as seen in other major hubs of the network.

The construction of the hub will also be a key element in the continued renewal of the area and implementation of the urbanism policies that have been developed for it. Details remain limited for the time-being, however this page will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Rolling Stock

Quebec City has created a specific set of requirements for its rolling stock, in order to integrate it in the city's environment and character. This results in a rolling stock that will be heavily customized and, at this time, does not have a definitive manufacturer. 

Once the Request for Proposal (RFP) is completed, we expect to get more information as the manufacturer gets knows and the underlying platform for the rolling stock.

When designing the requirements for its rolling stock, design and integration considerations are key in their objective to build a modern tramway line. The city wants its rolling stock to be modern, sober, meaningful and simple.

To achieve this, the designers have focused on a creating a design that is ready for the 2030-2040s, but not provocative using various design elements that make it graceful in its integration among the newer and older parts of town.

A large emphasis on glass and dark elements to create a mirror-like effect that reflects the neighborhoods it crosses as well as the city's history. LED accents throughout the exterior of the train make it visible to road users, and add a modern touch to its design.

Inside, large emphasis is put on making the rolling stock feel bright and modern. White elements are accented with different shades of blue and full LED lighting. Various seating options will be offered to accommodate the needs and preferences of passengers with fixed seating, jump seats and "leaning bars". In addition to those seated arrangements, straps and bars will be installed throughout to enable standing passengers to have grip during movement. Using a 3.3 passengers per square metre measurement, an expected 260 passengers are expected to fit in the train at peak times. Because it will be circulating on a dedicated platform, it will not be subject to harsh road conditions often seen as part of winter.

As part of its passenger information system, visual and audio messages will indicate upcoming stations, direction of travel and service notices. Users will be able to monitor the arrival time of upcoming trains using various services, including RTC's Nomade that is already implemented in its buses.

To deal with Quebec' particular climate, which sees cold winters and hot summers, they will be equipped with modern HVAC systems to ensure the comfort of all passengers. It is expected that dual glazing and additional insulation will also be used to improve winter performance.

Measuring 43 metres, they will use a a full low-floor design to enable universal accessibility at all stations. Level boarding and exit through all doors will enable for more flexible operations compared to existing buses that only allow entry at the front. The trains will be fully-electric (750V DC, catenary contact line) and will operate based on visual sight-lines of the conductors.

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