California to Purchase High-Speed Trains


On January 30, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) issued a draft Request For Proposals (RFP) for Tier III trainsets and invited industry to submit comments.

The Authority is seeking a trainset manufacturer to design, build and maintain Tier III trainsets.  The trainsets will have a minimum of 450 seats and be able to carry passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than three hours.

Firms that have submitted expressions of interest accepted by the Authority will be able to comment on the draft RFP.  All comments are due by Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at 3:00PM PST.  Prior to the Authority’s issuance of the final RFP, firms that submitted expressions of interest will be invited to participate in one-on-one meetings to discuss the draft RFP.

Rail Delivery Partner

On January 29, the Authority issued a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for a rail delivery partner (RDP).

The services sought by the Authority through this RFQ include program management oversight, strategic advice, business planning, and management assistance.

Firms will have until March 23, 2015, at 3:00PM PST to submit their statements of qualifications.  The RDP contract would be for services through 2022.

More information is available on the Authority’s website:

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