The rail extension of the South Morang line to Mernda includes a station at Mernda, integrated with the proposed Mernda Town Centre, and a new station near Marymede Catholic College which includes car parking, bike storage and bus facilities.
Given strong community support for a third station to be included in the project, bidders will be required to investigate and price the proposed station near Hawkstowe Parade as part of the tender process.
The Level Crossing Removal Authority will deliver the project, which includes five grade separations, guaranteeing that no new level crossings are created by the new rail line.
Stabling facilities for trains north of Bridge Inn Road in Mernda will also be built as part of the project.
Expressions of interest will be open for four weeks. The tender process will follow during 2016, with construction to begin in 2017 and be completed in 2019, creating hundreds of jobs during construction.