CHSRA Deputy Director Beverly Kenworthy (center) accepts the Employer of the Year award from WTS International. (Photograph Courtesy of CHSRA)

CHSRA Earns WTS Employer of the Year Award

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) on May 12 reported receiving the 2023 WTS Recognition Award–Employer of the Year from the international chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) for “exemplary efforts to encourage advancement of women’s careers.”

Construction workers on the Wasco Viaduct. (CHSRA Photograph)

CHSRA Earns Diversity, Social Change Advancement Award

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has received an award for excellence in advancing diversity and social change from the American Planning Association’s (APA) California–Northern Section.

Rendering Courtesy of Foster + Partners and Arup.

CHSRA Selects Foster + Partners, Arup to Design First Four Central Valley Stations

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has selected the joint venture of Foster + Partners and Arup to design the Merced, Fresno, Kings/Tulare and Bakersfield stations that will serve passengers on the initial 171-mile segment of the project.

CHSRA Releases 2022 Project Update Report (UPDATED)

To “fulfill its biennial requirement to update the California Legislature on the development and implementation of intercity high-speed rail service,” the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has issued its 2023 Project Update Report.

CHSRA has now identified “multiple potential packaging and procurement approaches” for rail system elements including track, systems, overhead contact systems (OCS), trainsets, operations, and maintenance facilities for the initial operating segment, Merced to Bakersfield.

Transit Briefs: CHSRA, MARTA

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) is seeking industry feedback on its track, systems and trainset procurement options. Meanwhile, ridership forecasts have dropped for the future project, while costs are on the rise. Also, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) releases a revised project priority list.

Brightline on Feb. 11 reported via Twitter: “History in the making as Bright Orange 2 rolled out of the Siemens Rolling Stock facility in Sacramento - destination Florida!”

Transit Briefs: Brightline, CHSRA, USDOT OIG

A new Siemens Mobility trainset is heading to Brightline, Florida’s private-sector passenger railroad. Also, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) is passed over for Multimodal Project Disciplinary Grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT); and a recent audit finds that USDOT oversight of Seattle’s transportation-funds management is insufficient.

Courtesy of CHSRA

CHSRA Selects Stantec to Design Merced-Madera Extension

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) on Dec.19 announced that it has awarded Edmonton, Alberta, Canada-based engineering firm Stantec a $41 million contract to design the 33.9-mile Merced to Madera extension, the key junction that will connect the 500-mile-long project between the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

AECOM-Fluor JV Lands California High-Speed Rail Contract

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has selected the AECOM-Fluor joint venture (JV) to provide Program Delivery Support (PDS) services.

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.

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