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California high speed rail Authority to issue RFQs in 90 days for design-build contracts

🕔 July 31, 2011

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The California High Speed Rail Authority has anticipated the release of the first request for qualifications (RFQ) within the next 90 days and then a request for proposals (RFP) in early 2012

These packages represent the start of construction on the backbone of the system, more than 100 miles long, in the Central Valley and are based on the approximately $6 billion in funding available at this time.
Remember that the California High Speed Rail Authority needs to sign contracts before the September 2012 deadline in order to use the federal stimulus money.
Initial construction will be divided into five (5) packages as follows:
  • A large design-build contract for a section of construction running from the San Joaquin River north of Fresno south through the city of Fresno to approximately East American Way. It will be 26 to 37 miles in length depending on the final alignment selected through the environmental process, including 12 grade separations, 2 viaducts, 1 tunnel and a major river crossing over the San Joaquin River. This package will be in the $1-2 billion range.
  • Smaller design-build construction packages in the $500 million - $1 billion range will be divided regionally as follows:
    • Approximately 28 miles from approximately East American Way in South Fresno south to approximately Hanford Aroma Road, including 20 grade separations and 3 viaducts.
    • Approximately 55 miles in length from approximately Hanford Aroma Road south to approximately Dresser Avenue, including 21 grade separations, one viaduct and 4 river crossings.
    • Approximately 14 miles from approximately Dresser Avenue south to approximately Allen Road, including 2 grade separations and 1 major viaduct.
  • A fifth package will follow to include all of the track work for the entire length of the initial construction section.
It is likely that PPP contracts will folow these design-build contracts when there is no more funding available. Last week, we published an interesting report from CALPIRG Education Fund that examined the experience with public-private partnerships for high-speed rail in other countries and the U.S.
Following you can find a list of the most interesting reports released in the last two years concerning high speed rail in the world: (You can find all of them in our Reports section)
By the way, the California High Speed Rail Authority is looking for two Associate Governmental Program Analysts. Find this position and many more on our JOBS section.
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