California High Speed ​​Rail Authority new 3D modeling drawings

California High Speed ​​Rail Authority new 3D modeling drawings

The California High-Speed ​​Rail Authority has unveiled new 3D sketches and virtual simulations of the state’s first electrified trains.

After months of community engagement, the California High-Speed ​​Rail Authority is unveiling preliminary 3D sketches and virtual simulations of California’s first electrified train sets, and some updated looks at future high-speed rail stations in the Central Valley.

This work is part of ongoing stakeholder engagement, focus groups and community workshops that will continue to refine designs in the coming months as the authority prepares to launch high-speed rail passenger service between Merced and Bakersfield between 2030 and 2033.

“We are thrilled to be on this project as we engage with our community partners and the public about what they want at their stations and on their trains,” said Brian Kelly, the authority’s chief executive. “Developing this statewide system, with its distinctive rolling stock and station design, will transform the commuter rail experience in California and the United States.”

This week, Deutsche Bahn, the authority’s early train operator, began the process of assembling large-scale rough models of the interior design of the train sets. The design process will evolve in the coming months through more extensive public feedback from the ADA community, regional partners, and focus groups into high-fidelity models that reflect the proposed interior design for California’s high-speed rail trains.

This design will be worked into the authority’s train set procurement process, a request for proposal (RFP) release expected in the first quarter of 2024. Ultimately, the trains, tracks and systems will be tested to accommodate speeds of up to 242 mph starting in 2028 .

In addition to the train set work, four Central Valley stations are currently progressing in concept design for the cities of Merced, Fresno, Bakersfield, and the Kings/Tulare County area. The authority and the joint venture, Foster+Partners/Arup, are designing state-of-the-art facilities for people to not only ride the train, but also congregate, shop and have easy connections to surrounding communities and downtown areas.

“Through our engagement with local authorities and communities, we received valuable feedback that helped us understand the priorities for each station city while also emphasizing the transformative nature of the project,” said Peter Sokolov, Director in Charge of Foster+. Partners. “This dialogue has undoubtedly helped shape and define the initial station configurations and will continue as we look to refine and develop our initial concept design in the coming months.”

In June, the authority received $20 million from the federal government for a project to renovate the historic Fresno High-Speed ​​Rail Station depot and revitalize the Plaza, which is part of the station’s overall footprint in Fresno. Work on the plazas in Chinatown and downtown Fresno and renovations to the historic depot will bring vitality and patrons to the area long before high-speed passenger operations between 2030 and 2033.

Since the start of construction work, the authority has created more than 11,000 jobs in the construction field, the majority of which went to residents of the Central Valley.

The authority has begun work on extending 119 miles under construction into 171 miles of future electrified high-speed rail from Merced to Bakersfield. California’s Central Valley has more than 25 active construction sites. The authority cleared 422 miles of high-speed rail program from the Bay Area to the Los Angeles Basin.

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