Authority selects bid for California High-Speed Rail line

The California High-Speed Rail Authority made a decision Friday to select a joint-venture group for the first design-build contract of the state’s high-speed rail system.

Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons, a California-based joint venture, scored the highest of the five contractors who bid on the first portion of the project.

“Today is a significant milestone,” said Jeff Morales, CEO of the authority, in a news release. “We received proposals from five world-class teams and are moving forward to deliver a world-class program. It’s time to get to work in the Central Valley and create thousands of jobs.”

Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons bid $985,142,530 for the design-build contract, which combines project design and construction into a single contract.

The authority originally estimated between $1.2 billion and $1.8 billion for the project — and believes the joint-venture group offers the best value.

Five proposals were submitted in January, and the authority evaluated and ranked them based on merit and cost.

Factors such as understanding of the project, schedule capability, project approach and safety were part of the technical scoring.

The contract included the authority’s 30 percent goal for small-business participation in the work.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority predicts that by 2029, the nation’s first high-speed rail system will be operational from San Francisco to the Los Angeles Basin, eventually extending the 800 miles from Sacramento to San Diego.

California High-Speed Rail Authority

Source : kcra

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