by Keri Allan
18 Aug 2021
Renfe has joined the US High Speed Rail Association (USHSR) as a global VIP member.
The USHSR is an organisation working to build widespread public, business and political support for a major investment in a national high-speed rail network.
Renfe operates the largest and newest high-speed rail network in Europe and has vast experience designing, developing, operating and maintaining a high-speed train system across Spain and overseas. This move is part of its internationalisation strategy and its experience will be invaluable in supporting high-speed rail development in America.
“Renfe is a global leader in building and operating a state-of-the-art high speed rail network all across Spain, and we welcome their top-level expertise to help us build our world-class high speed rail network here in America.”
Renfe has operated high-speed trains in Spain for almost 30 years, the second country in the world in terms of high-speed lines, with more than 1,800 miles in service.
Internationally, the company operates the new 281m high-speed rail line in Saudi Arabia linking the cities of Medina and Mecca via King Abdullah Economic City. Most recently it was selected as the early operator of Texas Central – a new high-speed line that will connect Dallas and Houston.
It has already spent several years providing advisory and consulting services in the contracting, final design, execution, construction, testing and commissioning of the future line.
Renfe gains many benefits from becoming a USHSR member, including better access to information on the new legislation regarding high speed in the US, and participation in various forums, seminars and negotiations USHSR maintains in legislative, financial and technical matters.
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