Because of the COVID-19, Quebec City has quietly extended by one month the deadlines for the filing of a submission to a call of a qualification that is crucial to the future tramway.
At the end of march, the municipality has published an addendum to this document which constitutes the first step of a process that should lead to the selection of the consortium responsible for the design and build the streetcar. In a first step, interested companies had until may 28 to manifest itself. However, the date has been pushed back to 26 June.
“Because of the exceptional situation that we live in, the City is aware of the difficulties which may face some of the companies and because of this, postpones the submission of applications to 26 June 2020. The City will notify you in a timely manner by way of addenda in the event that dates have to be changed,” wrote one.
According to the updated schedule, this delay does not change anything to the main events of the mega-project of$ 3.3 billion. Thus, the formal rollout of the call for proposals is still scheduled for the fall of 2020, and the selection of the tenderer a preferred will be in the summer or in the spring of 2021.
Also, the implementation of the tram service is still planned for the fall of 2026, even if the mayor Labeaume has recently reported the interest of the government Legault to “accelerate” the realization of the transport network structuring, as soon as the health crisis has passed.
On the other hand, the municipality has on Monday released a call for tender to require professional services in the field of archaeological inventory on nine sites located in the right of way of the tracks of the tram traffic, and on four sites located outside of the public road.
The purpose of the exercise is to “give effect to the recommendations of the study of specific potential carried out for the route of the tram and validate the presence of archaeological sites identified in the context of this study”, details there.
Quebec wants to get the final report of this study in march 2021, but the municipality says it is aware that “the exceptional circumstances related to the pandemic” could lead to inventories of certain locations is made only in the spring of 2021.