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Texas Central, the developer of the high-speed rail, announced a design-build contract that has been signed with the consortium of Salini Impregilo, and its U.S. subsidiary, Lane Construction Corporation.
Salini-Lane is to supply the civil and infrastructure scope for the new high-speed train service between Houston and Dallas which includes the design and construction of the viaduct and embankment sections along the entire route, the installation of the track system and the alignment and construction of all buildings and services that will house maintenance and other rail system equipment.
This design-build agreement permits a set of early works for the joint venture to continue advancing engineering design, detailed planning, interface definition and other key pre-requisites necessary to start construction. This agreement is the result of their previous work providing front-end engineering and design for the train’s civil infrastructure. Other services included optimizing execution plans, strategies, and logistics, as well as performing analysis to develop construction costs and schedule estimates.
Carlos F. Aguilar, CEO, Texas Central, said:
This agreement brings us one step closer to beginning construction of the civil infrastructure segments of the project. Salini-Lane’s unmatched track record with rail infrastructure, and very specifically its world-class high-speed rail expertise across the globe, will be central to the completion of America’s first end to end high-speed rail system.
Pietro Salini, CEO, Salini Impregilo Group, said:
We are thrilled and honored to bring our large-scale railway expertise to this unique opportunity. This inclusion in bringing high-speed train service to Texas and America, through leading the project’s design and construction, is an invaluable experience.
Salini Impregilo is a major infrastructure company, having its presence in over 50 countries on five continents, with experience building more than 4,000 miles of railway infrastructure around the world including Australia, Europe, Asia, and the United States. It has built many high-speed train projects in Europe, and some iconic, complex projects in the world in the wider transport sector, including the expansion of the Panama Canal.
The Texas train will be based on Central Japan Railway’s Tokaido Shinkansen train system, the world’s safest mass transportation system. The new Shinkansen N700S, which is the 6th generation of this train and will be debuted before this summer’s 2020 Olympics. The system has transported more than 10 billion passengers in over 54 years with a perfect record of zero passenger fatalities or injuries from operations, and an impeccable on-time performance record.
Robin A. Kemper, P.E., President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, said:
With increasing congestion on our highways and airways, it is important that we look at alternative modes of transportation.
The project’s total investment is expected to be approximately US$20 billion with the civil works estimated at US$14 billion. This would conservatively lead to an estimated US$36 billion in economic benefits statewide over the next 25 years, including the creation of 10,000 jobs per year during peak construction and 1,500 permanent jobs when fully operational.
Texas Central and its partners are committed to the Business and Workforce Opportunity programs, created to ensure a highly-skilled workforce and promote the growth of Texas-based small, rural, minority-, woman-, veteran- and disabled individual owned businesses by offering fair and competitive opportunities to bid and participate in building and operating the Texas high-speed train.
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