California Seeking Requests for Qualifications

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has issued a request for qualifications from domestic and international engineering firms as part of the process of awarding a $1.65 billion design/build contract for the Central Valley segment of its high-speed rail network.

Construction has already begun on some parts of the Central Valley segment involving the right of way, including bridges and viaducts.

The winning firm will oversee designing, building, and maintaining infrastructure for the 119 route miles, including track, electrical and signal systems, positive train control, platforms, and electrification systems.

The contractor will eventually supervise construction of the entire Bakersfield–San Francisco corridor.

A contract is expected to be awarded by summer 2020 in order to meet a deadline for expending federal grants that the Trump administration is trying to claw back. That battle is currently in court.

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