Canadian Consulting Engineer

PEO York Chapter – Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail & vivaNext Bus York Region Projects

February 25, 2016
Markham Convergence Center (MCC), 7271 Warden Ave, Markham, Ontario

The Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Project is one of the largest transit infrastructure projects underway in North America. It is a 19 km LRT line that will run along Eglinton Avenue through the heart of Toronto, with a 10-kilometre underground tunnel in its central section. The Eglinton Line will connect Mount Dennis in the West to Kennedy Road in the East.

This first presentation will cover the construction methods and progress of preliminary works, including the move of tunnel boring machines, construction of launch and extraction shafts, headwalls, emergency exit buildings and cross passages along Eglinton. Our Speaker, Tibor Szekely will also share the challenges when constructing the west and east tunnels of the project.

tiborTibor Szekely, P.Eng. M.Eng. is the Director, Design and Construction for Metrolinx since 2010. He is responsible for the Design and Construction Management of Light Rail Transit and Bus Rapid Transit infrastructure projects as well as the Construction Management and Administration for the Eglinton Twin Tunnel Contracts. Tibor has been a manager and project manager at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation as well as a senior engineer for the City pf Hamilton. He has a Masters of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering specializing in Roads, Railroads and Bridges from the Technical University of Timisoara.





The vivaNext Bus Rapid Transit Program in York Region represents a $1.4 billion transit investment from the Government of Ontario, and is part of Metrolinx’s Regional Transportation Plan, a 25-year plan for an integrated and sustainable transit and transportation system in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The project is being implemented by Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario, in partnership with York Region.

The program involves the construction of approximately 35 kilometers of rapidways along major road corridors in York Region, such as Highway 7 and Yonge Street, inthe cities of Markham and Vaughan, and the towns ofRichmond Hill and Newmarket. The program represents an urban transformation of these corridors through the implementation of enhanced transit, bicycle facilities and wider, landscaped pedestrian boulevards. The vivaNext program has been the recipient of many awards in Canada and from the United States.

JavierJavier Mena-Diep, P.Eng., PMP has 18 years of experience in the civil engineering field. Through his career working in construction and engineering companies in Canada and abroad, he has led multi-discipline, complex transportation programs and projects involving transit facilities, subways, railways, municipal roads, highways and airports, from feasibility assessment throughout commissioning.

At Metrolinx, Javier has been thoroughly involved in the implementation of rapid transit projects, light rail and bus rapid transit, in Toronto and York Region. Over the past 4 years he has led Metrolinx’ team through the implementation and opening of 9 kms of rapid ways and the procurement of approximately $600 million in design-build and Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) projects as part of the vivaNext bus rapid transit program.


Friends, associates and family are welcome. Networking encouraged! Start time is 7:30PM sharp.

Price: $15 plus a small Eventbrite fee

For more information, please contact:

Rick Vender, P.Eng.,
Program Director

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