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Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario Planning, Design and Engineering (PDE) Workplan February 20, 2009.

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1 Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario Planning, Design and Engineering (PDE) Workplan February 20, 2009

2 2 Background November 28, 2008, Metrolinx Board received and approved report CA 08-033 – 2009/10 and Five-Year Capital Plan. The report: Identified Sheppard East LRT and York Region VIVA for 2009 construction start and recommended a request for funding from the Province Requested $320M from the Province to support the Planning, Design and Engineering (PDE) needs of the remainder of the Top 15 projects

3 3 Discussion PDE is essential to project development and eventual implementation of major transit projects Traditional funding agreements for public infrastructure recognize a wide range of eligible PDE costs Usually effective from date of project funding approval PDE is critical to maintaining project implementation momentum

4 4 Principles The current order-of-magnitude estimates to complete the Top15 priorities exceed the current $11.5B MoveOntario 2020 commitment Balance is required between maintaining implementation momentum and not prejudging Board BCA and project prioritization decisions PDE estimates generally range between 5-8% of total project cost: Staff estimate between $450M to $730M over the next five to seven years (for all Top 15) Funded from MoveOntario 2020 commitment

5 5 Definition Staff support a broad, generally-accepted definition of PDE costs that captures project planning, specification and assessment costs, including: Environmental Surveying Engineering Project management

6 6 Definition (cont) Where project scope is known (e.g., final BCA approved), PDE would go further and include: Identification of all environmental impacts and steps to mitigate as per the EA process, and Design of all major project elements to significantly reduce the effect of unknown impacts relative to their costs or implementation schedule These activities would lead to the assurance that: The project will meet the objectives of the Big Move, through to the final design, and A high degree of cost confidence has been achieved in order to lock-in funding commitments

7 7 Eligible Costs In an effort to optimize the $11.5B commitment, the MTO is currently developing project funding eligibility criteria, including PDE Only projects approved through the Metrolinx Capital plan are recommended to be eligible for PDE funding The Metrolinx CEO, through consultations scheduled with municipal CAOs, CFOs and transit agency GMs, will seek input on eligible costs and the PDE workplan over in late February / early March 2009

8 8 Retroactivity As part of the CEO consultations, Metrolinx staff propose to consult on prior milestones that could potentially serve as starting dates to calculate retroactive PDE-eligible cost, including: MoveOntario 2020 announcement (June 2007); Board approval of the Metrolinx initial six project priorities for AFP and BCA evaluation (November 2007 and January 2008); Board approval of the Metrolinx draft RTP (May 2008); Board approval of The Big Move (November 2008); Board approval of the Metrolinx Capital Plan (November 2008); Municipal council approval of the individual project PDE workplan and the supporting municipal budget allocation (varies by project).

9 9 PDE Funding Agreements Recipients of PDE funding would be expected to adhere to public procurement standards for fair and competitive procurement consistent with value-for- money principles To maintain its fiduciary responsibility for the funding, Metrolinx staff recommend that recipients enter into brief MOU-style agreements Metrolinx staff also recommend retaining an Independent Engineer to assist with the review and approval of PDE expenditures

10 10 Staff Recommendations The Chief Executive Officer work with provincial, municipal and transit agency officials, and develop recommendations for Board approval and submission to the Province on the principles of PDE funding, including: Coordinating project-level PDE activities to support the Board decision-making on implementation scope, phasing and prioritization; Strengthening the confidence of final cost estimates and level/quality of design detail to support the construction bid process; Meeting the study requirements imposed by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and others, as a condition of determining and finalizing funding commitments to a project; Restricting PDE funding eligibility on the Top 15 priority projects approved by the Metrolinx Board;

11 11 Staff Recommendations (cont) Establishing clear rationale for considering a 2007 or 2008 starting date for eligible retroactive PDE costs, where applicable; Allocating the $320 million request in the Board-approved 2009 and Five-Year Capital Plan to initially fund the Metrolinx-coordinated PDE workplan (sourced, in turn, from the $11.5 billion MoveOntario 2020 commitment;) with an upset limit of up to eight percent of a projects estimated capital cost; Adopting sound public-sector standards for competitive, fair and value-for-money procurement of PDE services; Creating an efficient, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) short- form agreement between Metrolinx and PDE funding recipient partners to ensure accountability of PDE funds; Appointing an Independent Engineer to Metrolinx to provide expert advice on PDE expenditure approvals and interpretation.

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