Aecom team to programme manage California high-speed rail

Construction work on the project (California High-Speed Rail Authority)
A consortium led by Dallas engineer Aecom has been chosen to provide programme management for the California High-Speed Rail, a 500-mile route that will connect Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Working on behalf of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the team’s operating model will include programme planning and strategy, environmental and engineering management and infrastructure delivery.

At present, work is under way on a 275km stretch of the project between the cities of Merced and Bakersfield in California’s Central Valley.

Jennifer Aument, Aecom Transportation’s chief executive, commented: “The authority is not just advancing a major rail project, but creating a new way of travel in the US that is faster, more convenient and more sustainable.”

Drew Jeter, Aecom Programme Management’s chief executive, said: “Our comprehensive programme management approach has been refined from our work on complex mega-programmes around the world.

“Applying this deep, collaborative expertise, we will implement consistent governance and processes supported by advanced digital tools that consolidate programme data in real-time, providing the authority with the structure and insights needed to see the programme to its successful completion.”

As well as Aecom, the consortium includes fellow Texas engineer Fluor, Atlas Technical Consultants, Egis Rail, Turner & Townsend, McMillen Jacobs Associates, Jaquith Consulting Group, and 26 SMEs.

Trains on the route will run at speeds over 320km/h, cutting travel time between Los Angeles and San Francisco to three hours.

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