California High Speed Rail Authority

WTS-LA award winners Dina Aryan-Zahlan (left) and Tony Gioiello of the Port of Los Angeles.
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People News: WTS-LA, TSA

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and officials from the Port of Los Angeles were honored at the annual WTS-LA Scholarship and Awards dinner. Also, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has appointed 25 voting members to serve on the Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee (STSAC).

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CHSRA: Track, Systems Contract Back Out to Bid

In lieu of extending a track and systems procurement again, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has abandoned two existing bids and will restructure and re-bid the project.

Preliminary conceptual rendering of Fresno Station. (CHRSA)

CHSRA Awards Central Valley Stations Design Contract

The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (CHRSA) Board of Directors on Oct. 20 announced that it has awarded an approximately $35 million contract to Foster + Partners and Arup (F+P Arup) for design and support services for the Merced, Fresno, Kings/Tulare and Bakersfield stations that will serve passengers on the California high-speed rail project’s initial 171-mile segment.

CHSRA Issues Draft EIR/EIS for Palmdale-Burbank Segment (UPDATED)

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) on Sept. 2 released for public review the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Palmdale-Burbank segment of its 500-mile Phase 1 system from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim. Update: The public comment period has been extended by 30 days.

Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority Interim Director Thomas Frawley (Photo Courtesy of SRPRA).
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People News: SRPRA, CMC

The Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority (SRPRA) has hired Thomas Frawley as Interim Director. Also, Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., has joined the California Mobility Center (CMC) as CEO.

CHSRA Certifies San Francisco-San Jose EIR/EIS

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) Board has certified the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the approximately 43-mile San Francisco to San Jose section, approving the project. The move completes environmental clearance for high speed rail in Northern California and extends that clearance to 420 miles of the 500-mile Phase 1 alignment connecting San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim, CHSRA reported.

“We are proud to support so many outstanding infrastructure projects in communities large and small, modernizing America’s transportation systems to make them safer, more affordable, more accessible, and more sustainable,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said during the FY22 RAISE program grant announcement.

First Look: Rail-Related RAISE Grantees for FY22

More than $332 million in FY 2022 RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) program grants will be distributed among 23 freight and passenger rail-related projects in 17 states, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) report released Aug. 11.