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News » US » Texas Central picks team for multi-billion-dollar rail project » published 15 Aug 2017

Texas Central picks team for multi-billion-dollar rail project

Texas Central has named the design-build team for its planned multi-billion-dollar high-speed rail line.

It has reached an agreement with Fluor Enterprises and Salini Impregilo subsidiary Lane Construction as the project moves into its next phase. Under the agreement, Fluor and Lane would be the preferred team for the design and construction of the North Texas to Houston line after the development phase and financial close.

The 240-mile line will connect North Texas and Houston in 90 minutes, with a midway stop in the Brazos Valley.

Texas Central, Fluor and Lane will be working together on refining and updating the project’s construction planning and sequencing, scheduling and cost estimates, procurement and other design and engineering activities

“This underscores the attention the Texas Bullet Train has received from world-class firms, wanting to be part of a project that will revolutionize travel here and generate long-lasting local economic benefits,” said Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar. “We are excited to partner with firms that have deep Texas roots. This is the latest in a long list of Texas-based companies helping build the train, including Freese & Nichols, Contract Land Staff and Survey & Mapping.”

He added that the investor-led project, which is not taking federal or state grants for its construction or operations, wanted a partnership familiar with Texas, focused on creating jobs and opportunities here.

“The ramp up on the design and engineering reflects continued progress for the high-speed train,” said Aguila. “This is a major milestone for a project that links two of the nation’s largest commercial hubs and gives Texans a safe and reliable alternative over congested highway and air travel.”

Lane Construction president and CEO Robert E Alger said: “This will be America’s first true high-speed train, and we’re eager to be part of the next generation of sustainable infrastructure. The project will create benefits for generations to come while providing an innovative transportation alternative for Texas commuters.”

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) continues to work on an environmental impact statement (EIS), which will help determine the project timeline and final route.

 

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This article was published on 15 Aug 2017 (last updated on 18 Aug 2017).

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