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Renfe-Globalvia-Adif consortium selected for California’s high speed rail project
   
 
  


The Spanish consortium formed by Renfe Operadora, Globalvia and Adif has been selected by California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to be part of the list of companies invited to bid for the American state’s high speed rail project, which will link, from north to south, San Francisco with Los Angeles and will later be extended to Sacramento and San Diego.


Renfe-Globalvia-Adif consortium selected for California’s high speed rail project

(17/05/2017) 

The planned line, which is about 1,280 kilometres in length and will have 24 stations, will first connect Los Angeles with San Francisco in 2029 and, in the future, there will be extensions to San Diego and Sacramento. The new line will achieve a travel time between the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco of less than three hours (currently six hours by road), and trains will reach a top speed of 320 km/h.

California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) is looking for a railway operator partner that has broad experience in high speed and can provide advice on the initial development of the system, including rolling stock, infrastructures, systems and stations; and which, occasionally, can be initially in charge of the operations on the section between Silicon Valley and Central Valley.

Contract in two phases

The contract open for bidding has two phases. The first one is based on a preliminary agreement according to which the selected operator will work with California High Speed Rail Authority on the design, development and definition of the technical and commercial aspects of the high-speed service. The maximum amount planned by CHSRA for this phase adds up to 30 million dollars for a period of six years.

During the second phase, the operator will be responsible for developing and implementing the operation according to a franchise agreement subsequently negotiated on the basis of the financial plan defined by the US authorities.
 

 


 
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