Dozens express Cali HSR P3 interest

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has received expressions of interest from over 30 US and international firms for the Initial Operating Segment (IOS) P3.

CHSRA has received three dozen responses from financiers/investors, infrastructure developers, advisory firms, rolling stock and systems providers, and operators, with submissions received from Australian, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Scandinavian, Spanish, UK and US firms. 
A preliminary high-level overview of key themes and ideas from these responses will be presented to the authority’s board of directors on October 6. The authority will use the feedback to determine its ultimate delivery strategy for delivering the first high-speed rail system in the US, with a design, build, finance, maintain (DBFM) option mooted for the IOS.
A request for expressions of interest (RFEI) was issued in June seeking responses from firms interested in participating in the Initial Operating Segment (IOS)-South, IOS-North, or both.
It is anticipated that the developer will consist of a consortium of companies that can integrate, deliver and partially finance the IOS elements. The developer will also interface with a rolling stock provider and operator over the life of the contract, which is expected to be at least 30 years. 
US respondents include Aecom, Kiewitt, Parsons and Bechtel which has formed a team with Arup, while European firms include ACS, Barclays, Deutsche Bahn, Ferrovial, Siemens, John Laing and Skanska. Submissions were also received from a ‘Chinese High Speed Rail Delivery Team’ and a ‘Japan California High Speed Rail Consortium’.
For the full list of respondents, click here.
Last month, Jeff Morales, chief executive officer of CHSRA, said the organization is planning to advance its proposals as quickly as it can once it has received responses from the RFEI that was issued in June.

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