CHSRA – High -Speed Rail Line – California - Project Profile
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California High-speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) is undertaking the construction of High-speed Rail Line project in California, the US.
The project involves the construction of a high-speed rail line with a length of 1,305km and will connect 24 cities throughout California. The project is planned to be implemented in phases with nine sections and Altamont corridor.
The first Phase includes the construction of 855km high-speed rail line. It will include the construction of seven sections including the 183km Fresno-Bakersfield section with Tuolumne Street Bridge, 97km Merced-Fresno section, 201km San Jose-Merced section, 136km Bakersfield-Palmdale section, 93km Palmdale-Los Angeles section, 80km San Francisco-San Jose section, 19km Burbank–Los Angeles high-speed rail line section and 46km Los Angeles-Anaheim section.
The second phase includes the construction of 450km high-speed rail line. It will include the construction of 178km Merced–Sacramento section and 269km Los Angeles–San Diego section.
Parsons Brinckerhoff has been appointed as the program management consultant; Systra as consultant multi-decade implementation plan and development of financing and staging strategies; Geodata Engineering S.p.A as the study consultant; Hatch Mott MacDonald, URS Corporation and Arup as project management consultant, preliminary design, environmental engineering, permitting & ROW Acquisition for the Palmdale to Los Angeles, Fresno to Palmdale and Los Angeles to Orange County sections; Aecom and CH2M Hill as project management consultant, preliminary design, environmental engineering, permitting and ROW Acquisition for the Sacramento to Fresno section; STV Inc. as project management consultant, preliminary design, environmental engineering, permitting and ROW Acquisition for the Los Angeles-Anaheim section; Fugro Consultants was appointed by STV Inc as geotechnical consultant; HNTB and CH2M Hill as project management consultant, preliminary design, environmental engineering, permitting and ROW Acquisition for the Los Angeles to San Diego section.
In November 2005, Environmental Impact review for the project completed. In November 2008, the project received the state voters’ approval through Proposition 1A for Safe, Reliable High-speed Passenger Train Bond Act that authorised US$9,950 million in bonds to establish a clean, efficient high-speed train service linking the Southern California, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
In April 2009, the federal government committed to US$8,000 million as an initial investment and US$1bn per year for next five years to develop high-speed rail projects across ten major corridors. On July 2, 2009, the company announced an extension of the California high-speed rail XpressWest corridor to Las Vegas.
On January 28, 2010, the White House announced that California would receive US$2,350 million of its request, of which US$2,250 million was allocated specifically for California High-speed Rail, and the rest for conventional rail improvements.
On October 28, 2010, the federal government awarded the CHSRA a further US$900 million for passenger rail improvements, including US$715 million specifically for the high-speed rail project. On December 2, 2010, the CHSRA board voted to begin construction on the first 87km section of the project.
On December 10, 2010, the Department of Transportation reallocated US$1,200 million in federal high-speed rail funding from states that had rejected the stimulus funds, including Wisconsin and Ohio. Nearly half of this funding, US$624 million was redirected to the CHSRA for use on the initial Central Valley section of the project.
On December 20, 2010, with the infusion of an additional US$616 million in federal funds reallocated from states that cancelled their high-speed rail plans, the initial segment of construction was extended to Bakersfield.
On May 9, 2011, Federal Government reallocated US$300 million towards the project, extending the funded portion north to the future Chowchilla Wye, so that the train can be turned. On November 1, 2011, a revised business plan was released by the CHSRA.
On November 15, 2011, the Request for Qualification (RFQ) was issued for the Design Build Contract on Package one of the project. The scope of the contract covers design and construction of rail line in Counties of Madera to the north and Fresno to the south, and the city of Fresno in the southern area.
In March 2012, RFP was issued for the five pre-qualified bidders including the California Backbone Builders, California High-Speed Rail Partners, California High-Speed Ventures, a joint venture of Dragados, Flatiron Construction and Shimmick Construction, Consortium of Tutor Perini, Zachry Construction and Parsons Corp with the submission deadline on September 17, 2012.
On July 6, 2012, an initial funding bill for construction of a 209km stretch of the project was signed. In September 2012, a 104km section the project was approved by the US Federal Railroad Administration.
In October 2012, the submission deadline for the Package one Design Build Contract was extended to January 18, 2013.
In January 2013, PGH Wong Engineering, Inc and Harris & Associates were appointed as the consultants to manage the tender activities on the first package.
On April 12, 2013, the consortium of Tutor Perini Corp. of Sylmar, Zachry Construction Corp. of Texas and Parsons Corp. of Pasadena was awarded US$985 million design-build contract (Construction package one) for high-speed rail line in Counties of Madera to the north and Fresno to the south, and the city of Fresno in the southern area.
In June 2013, California High-speed Rail Authority Board unanimously approved US$985 million bid. In August 2013, a final contract agreement was signed between California High-speed Rail Authority and Tutor Perini, Zachry and Parsons.
In October 2013, a Request for Qualification (RFQ) was issued for the design-build contract for Fresno-Tulare and Kern counties stretch (Construction package two-three).
In February 2014, five construction teams were pre-qualified for the design-build contract for Fresno-Tulare and Kern counties stretch are:
1. California Rail Builders, a joint venture composed of Ferrovial Agroman U.S. Corp. and Granite Construction. Ferrovial is an American subsidiary of Ferrovial S.A., a Spanish company, while Granite Construction is a California company headquartered in Watsonville.
2. Dragados/Flatiron/Shimmick, a consortium that includes Dragados USA Inc., a subsidiary of Grupo ACS and Dragados S.A. of Spain; Flatiron West Inc. of San Marcos; and Shimmick Construction Co. of Oakland.
3. Golden State Rail Partnership composed of OHL USA Inc., a subsidiary of Spain's Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A., and Samsung E&C America Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of South Korea's Samsung Group.
4. Skanska-Ames Joint Venture, a team that includes Skanska USA Civil West California District Inc., a subsidiary of Sweden's Skanska, and Minnesota-based Ames Construction Inc.
5. Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons, a joint venture of Tutor Perini Corp. of Sylmar, Zachry Construction of Texas and Pasadena-based Parsons Corp.
In April 2014, T.Y.Lin International was awarded US$46.1 million contract to provide Environmental and Engineering Services for Bakersfield to Palmdale Section of the project.
On May 13, 2014, the RFP was issued for construction package two-three with the submission deadline on June 12, 2014.
In July 2014, demolition works commenced on the project. On August 13, 2014, the federal Surface Transportation Board approved 183km section of the first phase of the project running from Fresno to Bakersfield.
On December 12, 2014, Consortium of Dragados/Flatiron/Shimmick announced as preferred bidders for Fresno- North of Bakersfield section. Westervelt Ecological Services was awarded US$48.9 million contract for environmental mitigation work in the Fresno-Bakersfield section.
On January 6, 2015, groundbreaking ceremony held to start the construction works on the first phase.
On January 13, 2015, Dragados/Flatiron/Shimmick, a consortium that includes Dragados USA Inc., a subsidiary of Grupo ACS and Dragados S.A. of Spain; Flatiron West Inc. of San Marcos; and Shimmick Construction Co. of Oakland was appointed as Design-build contractor for Fresno-North of Bakersfield (construction package two-three) of the proposed project. The value of the contract is US$1,300 million.
On April 20, 2015, CHSRA has announced five shortlisted bidders who have qualified the Request for Qualification (RFQ) process for the package four of the first phase of the project that will run from 1.6km North of the Tulare/ Kern County line, near Allensworth, and continue 35.2km south to Poplar Avenue in Shafter, north of Bakersfield. The segment is expected to cost US$500 million.
The qualifying bidders include Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons, Dragados/Flatiron, California Rail Builders: FerrovialAgroman, Central Valley Connection Builders: FCC Construccion S.A. and Corsan-CorviamConstruccion S.A. and SaliniImpregilo/Security Paving Joint Venture.
On May 27, 2015, the RFP was issued to the pre-qualified bidders for the construction package four with submission deadline on August 21, 2015. However, the bid submission deadline was extended to November 13, 2015.
On June 14, 2015, a consortium led by Parsons Brinkerhoff including Network Rail Consulting and LeighFisher secured US$700 million Management contract for the first phase.
In June 2015, Flatiron and Dragados USA signed an agreement of US$1,230 million design-built contract for Fresno- North of Bakersfield section, Shimmick Construction Co backed out from the Consortium.
In July 2015, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc was awarded design services contract for Fresno-North of Bakersfield section. A consortium of Parsons Brinkerhoff, Network Rail and LeighFisher secured the Project Management Contract.
On October 6, 2015, HNTB Corporation was awarded the Project and Construction Management contract for Package Four (CP 4). HNTB will provide design and construction oversight for the 35.4km of construction in California's Central Valley.
On January 12, 2016, CHSRA selected California Rail Builders, a consortium led by Ferrovial Agroman US Corp, including Eurostudios and Othon Inc. for design and build contract under package four.
On March 3, 2016, California Rail Builders secured US$442 million design-build contract for package four (Wasko to Shafter) of the first phase. The contract price includes US$107 million for a relocation of gas, power and communications network.
In December 2016, CHSRA issued an RFQ for early train operator contract (ETO), to assist the design, development and procurement of the high-speed rail service. As of April 4, 2017 deadline, CHSRA received proposals from five consortia namely, China HSR ETO Consortium, DB International US, FS First Rail Group, Renfe and Stagecoach Group plc. The contract is expected to be awarded in the third quarter of 2017.
CHSRA is in the process of securing funds for the entire project. A draft Environmental Impact Report is being ready by the CHSRA and it is scheduled to be completed by 2020.
Construction activities in the first phase are underway and scheduled to complete in 2029. The entire project is scheduled to complete by 2033.
The project involves the construction of a high-speed rail line with a length of 1,305km and will connect 24 cities throughout California, the US.
The US$98,000 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of a 183km Fresno-Bakersfield high-speed rail line section
2. Construction of a 97km Merced-Fresno high-speed rail line section
3. Construction of a 201km San Jose-Merced high-speed rail line section
4. Construction of a 136km Bakersfield-Palmdale high-speed rail line section
5. Construction of a 93km Palmdale-Los Angeles high-speed rail line section
6. Construction of an 80km San Francisco-San Jose high-speed rail line section
7. Construction of a 19km Burbank–Los Angeles high-speed rail line section
8. Construction of a 46km Los Angeles-Anaheim high-speed rail line section
9. Construction of a 178km Merced–Sacramento high-speed rail line section
10. Construction of a 269km Los Angeles–San Diego high-speed rail line section