CHSRA issues Design Services RFQ for public communication systems and tracks

CHSRA issues Design Services RFQ for public communication systems and tracks

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Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor

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The California High-Speed ​​Rail Authority (CHSRA) has issued a design services request for qualifications (RFQ) to industry for track and overhead connection systems for the 171-mile primary commuter rail service connecting Merced and Bakersfield. It also issued its 2023 Sustainability Report.

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With a total contract value of $131.2 million and potential extension options, CHSRA said this purchase will allow it to:

  • Producing high-level track and system designs for the 171-mile Merced to Bakersfield segment; This includes detailed designs for the 119-mile stretch currently under active construction within this sector.
  • Track system design, including track structure, overhead communication systems, cable containment along the track, ducts across the track, access walkways, fencing, and drainage.
  • Managing technical and non-technical interfaces with contractors/consultants.

The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) deadline will be January 22, 2024, and potential Board approval, contract execution and release will be in April 2024.

In October 2022, the CHSRA elected to allow the previous request for quotation to procure the track and systems contractor to expire “due to the economic climate, supply chain challenges and 40-year-high inflation.” The authority said it has since developed a new procurement strategy, taking into account widespread feedback from industry and adapting to the needs of the programme.

The new request for quote “allows us to move forward and get this transformative project up and running as quickly as possible,” said Tom Richards, CHSRA Board Chairman. “This is a critical step in our new procurement strategy and another important milestone for us to deliver high-speed rail service in the Central Valley and statewide.”

The CHSRA in August issued a request for quotation for 220 mph high-speed electrified train sets. Last month, it released preliminary 3D sketches and virtual simulations of its train sets as well as designs for the updated Central Valley Station.

CHSRA Sustainability Report

CHSRA has detailed progress on its environmental goals in its 2023 Sustainability Report, “Building a Sustainable Future for California,” (download below), which covers the period from January 1 to December 31, 2022, as well as some data from the first part of 2023. .

Among the highlights of the report are the following:

  • “Maintain a net positive greenhouse gas (GHG) balance, offsetting more GHG emissions than the project has generated to date.
  • “Continue restoring more than 4,400 acres of habitat and protecting more than 3,190 acres of farmland.
  • “Continued focus on clean equipment, resulting in a 68% reduction in black carbon compared to a typical construction site.
  • “Reducing construction water use by 12% despite increasing construction activity by 38%.
  • “Diverting approximately 95% (302,961 tons) of total waste from landfills; This includes 118,381 tons recycled, 87,332 tons reused, 11,740 tons of compost, and 85,508 tons stored over the entire construction time frame.
  • “Provide $2 million to fund urban tree planting in underserved communities near high-speed rail lines.”

“Our entire project is focused on a better transportation future in California,” said Margaret Cederoth, CHSRA Director of Planning and Sustainability. “We focus not only on sustainability outcomes, but also on specific, measurable ways that demonstrate sustainable construction, design and delivery. We use cleaner building practices, helping to move the industry towards carbon neutrality. Our goal is to deliver meaningful benefits to communities now, even as we build transportation options.” Transformational.

According to the authority, it has begun developing design work to extend the 119 miles under construction into 171 miles of future electrified rail from Merced to Bakersfield. The project has created more than 11,000 job opportunities since the beginning of construction, 70% of which go to residents of the Central Valley, and there are more than 25 active construction sites. The authority also environmentally cleared 422 miles of the program from the Bay Area to the Los Angeles Basin.

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