High-Speed Rail Authority Takes Steps to Advance Work in Northern California

SAN JOSE – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) today released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Environmental and Engineering Services for the San Francisco to San Jose Project Section and the San Jose to Merced Project Section of the high-speed rail program. The Authority is seeking a qualified firm to provide the professional services required for the completion of the environmental documentation and preliminary engineering for these sections. The RFQ comes as the Authority continues to advance the nation’s first high-speed rail system.

The Authority has already begun moving the high-speed rail program forward in the Northern California region through a partnership with Caltrain which will electrify Caltrain’s 51-mile rail commuter corridor that stretches from downtown San Francisco to San Jose’s Diridon Station. The Authority is providing $705 million to support the electrification project and installation of Positive Train Control that will allow for the future integration of high-speed rail.

“This work, along with rail modernization already underway in the Bay Area, will support the advancement of bringing high-speed rail to the region,” said Northern California Regional Director Ben Tripousis. “Awarding this contract will allow us to continue implementation of our 30-percent Small Business participation goals, which provide California businesses the opportunity to help deliver this transformative infrastructure project.”

The contract is estimated at $36 million for a three-year term, and Statements of Qualifications are due September 14. The Authority is hosting a Pre-Bid Conference on August 12, at the Milton Marks Auditorium, 455 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The event will allow interested firms to network and learn about the details and requirements of the contract, as well as give them information on how to bid and the importance of small business participation.

The San Francisco to San Jose Project Section is approximately 51 miles between the 4th and King St. Station in San Francisco and Caltrain’s Tamien Station in San Jose. The San Jose to Merced Project Section is approximately 84 miles and travels from the Caltrain San Jose Diridon Station to the western limit of the Central Valley Wye at the intersection of Carlucci Road and Henry Miller Avenue, approximately nine miles northeast of Los Banos in Merced County.

The RFQs are available on the Authority’s website at:

An electronic version of this release is available here.

You can see the schedule for the August 12th Pre-Bid Conference below:

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