California High-Speed Rail Authority invites interested industry participants to submit comments and feedback on a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for track and systems. The industry comments are due by May 30 and they will be accepted only through the form provided on the authority’s website. The appropriate form can be found here.
The authority anticipates conducting industry meetings with firms that identify themselves as potential prime contractors or joint venture partners.
The authority says that this industry review does not constitute a solicitation document, nor does it represent a commitment to issue any type of solicitation or enter into any contract or agreement related to the high-speed rail program in the future.
The authority expects that the request for quotation will be released by summer 2019 and the RFP in autumn of 2019. The oroposal due date is expected for the spring of 2020.
The high-speed rail will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of 320 km/h (200 mph). The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 1600 km (800 miles) with up to 24 stations. In addition, the authority is working with regional partners to implement a statewide rail modernisation plan to meet country’s transport demand.