Parsons Brinckerhoff under contract to deliver Calif. high-speed rail

Posted on June 30, 2015


Parsons Brinckerhoff, a leading program management, engineering and professional services consulting firm, will begin work on a seven-year, $700 million rail delivery partner contract awarded by the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) earlier this month.

Responsible for program management, integration, delivery, as well as operations and maintenance planning, Parsons Brinckerhoff and its teaming partners Network Rail Consulting and LeighFisher bring extensive experience developing and managing high-speed rail projects on four continents.

“Parsons Brinckerhoff is very pleased to bring innovation, forward-thinking and a world-class team to partner with the Authority on this historic rail delivery program, which will address the needs of Californians for years to come," said Gregory Kelly, President/CEO.

Parsons Brinckerhoff has helped shape high-speed rail in California for decades — from the earliest feasibility studies to the business plan, according to the company. Network Rail Consulting is the international consulting arm of Network Rail, the owner and operator of Britain’s s rail network and infrastructure operator and maintainer of High Speed 1, Britain’s next-generation high-speed rail line between London and the Channel Tunnel. LeighFisher brings expertise in high-speed rail procurement, integration and commercial advice, gained through experience on European high-speed systems.

In addition to its international partners, Parsons Brinckerhoff is committed to working with multiple small businesses, thereby creating jobs and supporting the Authority’s small business program.

“Together with our partners Network Rail Consulting, LeighFisher and our large team of specialty sub-consultants and small businesses, Parsons Brinckerhoff is honored to support the Authority as its rail delivery partner,” says Gary Griggs, program director.

The California High-Speed Rail system will connect the mega-regions of the State and contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment. Phase 1 service will connect the San Francisco Bay Area to the Los Angeles Basin in under three hours at speeds of over 200 mph. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations.

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