California High-Speed Rail Authority Shortlists Five Design-Build Teams

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has shortlisted five design-build teams in response to its first design-build project for the first segment of the California High-Speed Train System in California's Central Valley. 


The shortlisted teams are: 

  • California Backbone Builders, composed of Ferrovial Agroman and Acciona
  • California High-Speed Rail Partners, composed of Fluor Corp., Skanska and PCL Constructors
  • California High-Speed Ventures, composed of Kiewit Corp., Granite Construction and Comsa EMTE
  • Dragados SA, Flatiron Construction Corp. and Shimmick Construction
  • Tutor Perini Corp., Zachry Construction and Parsons Corp. 

Known as Construction Package 1 of the Initial Construction Section, this first project is located within the Counties of Madera and Fresno and the City of Fresno, and is expected to have a cost between $1.5 and $2 billion.  The shortlisted teams will be eligible to submit design-build proposals to design and build the initial project.  The Request for Proposals is anticipated to be released next month. 


The planned California High-Speed Train System length is approximately 800 miles from Sacramento to San Diego, with nine segments running through the Bay Area, Central Valley, Inland Empire, and Southern California.  The train will travel at speeds up to 220 miles per hour with approximately 15 stops.

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