Under a Design-Build-Finance-Maintain (DBFM) contract, Modern Niagara delivered the essential electrical work for a new rail maintenance facility in Whitby that keeps GO Transit trains running for thousands of commuters every day.
The Whitby Rail Maintenance Facility is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified and provides mechanical maintenance, body repair, day-to-day cleaning, and operational services for the GO Transit fleet. Modern Niagara’s electrical services team was responsible for:
- All main incoming power distribution systems (6,000 A switchgear, generator, wayside power switches)
- Multi-system redundancy for power consisting of co-generative units, line voltage sources and emergency power generation
- Complete power monitoring of all HVAC and process loads
Construction of the 500,000-square-foot facility was a public-private partnership (P3) project — part of the largest expansion in the history of the GO Transit network. The facility itself consists of 21 kilometres of track, 68 switches, 13 storage locations for 12-car passenger trains, 12 spots for coach repair and 11 for locomotive repair, two preventative maintenance bays, one location for train washing and one for locomotive washing, a wheel shop and numerous administration offices.