Texas Central and Salini Impregilo, which operates the U.S. market with The Lane Construction Corporation, signed a limited notice to proceed (LNTP) to lead the civil construction consortium that will build the Texas HSR, connecting Houston and North Texas.
As the lead of the civil construction consortium, Salini Impregilo will be responsible for all work up to the top of the rail, including viaducts, embankments and drainage.
Salini Impregilo will perform engineering and design development of the infrastructure for the project. Other services include optimizing execution approaches, strategies and logistics, as well as performing analysis related to installation costs and schedules.
“Their inclusion in the consortium highlights the stature of the Texas project and the interest of global infrastructure companies to be part of America’s first high-speed train,” Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar said.
This year, Bechtel was named the project manager for the high-speed project and will support Texas Central in managing the Texas Bullet Train project as it moves from development to implementation phase. The partnership comes after Texas Central selected Fluor Enterprises and The Lane Construction Corporation to perform pre-construction planning with engineering support from WSP.
The project, which will be based on Central Japan Railway’s Tokaido Shinkansen train system, will be built and operated without taxpayer-funded state or federal grants.
Texas Central and its partners are refining and updating construction planning and sequencing, guided by the Federal Railroad Administration’s recently released Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the project. The FRA now is working on a final environmental review that will help determine the project’s timeline and final route.
The 386-km HSR will connect Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston in less than 90 minutes. The value of the project is estimated at USD 15 billion.
According to a study, by 2026, the railway that will connect the two big Texan cities will be used by 5 million passengers a year, representing 25% of the journeys between the two cities.