California High-Speed Rail Authority Awards Design Contract

The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s Board of Directors has awarded a contract to the joint venture SYSTRA | TYPSA to design the track and overhead electrical systems for the initial 171-mile passenger service route between Merced and Bakersfield.

This contract, valued at up to 131.2 million USD, involves producing high-level designs for the track and overhead contact systems (OCS) for the entire 171-mile stretch. This will include detailed designs for the 119 miles currently under active construction in the Central Valley.

California High Speed Rail
From 2029, the California High Speed Rail system will run from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours at speeds of over 200 miles per hour

The design will encompass track structure, OCS, along-track cable containment, across-track ducts, access walkways, fencing and drainage.

SYSTRA | TYPSA will also manage technical and non-technical interfaces with other contractors and consultants, ensuring seamless integration and progress.

California High-Speed Rail Authority Board Chair Tom Richards said:

“Getting track and systems design under contract is an important milestone in moving to bring high-speed rail service to California. This approval gets us closer to electrified passenger rail service and putting this transformative project into operations as soon as possible.”

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