Great interest in potential PPPs for California HSR

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Great interest in potential PPPs for California HSR

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California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), USA, has received several expressions of interest (EOIs) to develop an Initial Operating Segment (IOS - South / IOS - North) of the California HSR system.

A preliminary high-level overview of key themes and ideas from these responses will be shared to the Board of Directors tomorrow, October 6th. Over the next month, CHSRA's staff will hold one-on-one meetings with respondents to discuss their EOIs.

The responses include firms ranging from financiers/investors, major infrastructure developers and international consortia, rolling stock and systems providers, operators and others (See list).

The list of firms includes, among others: Acciona InfrastructureACS Infrastructure DevelopmentAECOMBarclays Bank PLCBouygues Travaux Publics S.A.Cintra Infraestructuras, S.A./Ferrovial Agroman, US Corp.FCC Construccion S.A.Fluor Enterprises Inc./Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc.Globalvia Inversiones S.A.U., John Laing Investments, Ltd.Kiewit Corporation, Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.Meridiam Infrastructure North America CorporationOHL Infrastructure, Inc.Plenary GroupSacyr Concesiones S.L.Siemens Industry, Inc.Skanska, and VINCI Concessions.

The firms that have submitted their EOIs are interested in participating in the IOS - SouthIOS - North, or both. The IOS-South stretches from Merced to the San Fernando Valley while the IOS-North extends from San Jose and Merced to Bakersfield. Both IOS options share a section in the Central Valley and CHSRA is delivering that section through a series of design-build (DB) contracts.

The CHSRA is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the USA. California high-speed rail will will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 220 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations.

In addition, the CHSRA is working with regional partners to implement a state-wide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state's 21st century transportation needs.

Throughout the last month we have reported on several PPP projects in the USA:

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