Consulting and technology services provider ICF has secured six new task orders to provide an environmental impact review and analyses for California's rail programme in the US. 

Under the $11.1m contract, ICF will also provide documentation and other technical services to help the programme meet environmental requirements for its new statewide passenger rail system.

Each of the task orders has a term of 12 months.

ICF senior vice-president Mike Davis said: “The rail project is critical to addressing the transportation needs of California’s growing population, which is estimated to reach 50 million by 2050.

“For 15 years, ICF has played a significant role in helping our client identify and disclose the potential environmental effects of various segments of the rail project and craft environmental mitigation measures to enable its engineers to design systems and move to construction with minimal environmental impact.”

"The rail project is critical to addressing the transportation needs of California’s growing population, which is estimated to reach 50 million by 2050."

In order to support this work, the company gathered a team of professionals to work at the forefront of transportation and the environment.

These professionals are state and federal regulatory experts, archaeologists, architectural and cultural historians, wildlife biologists, wetlands and air quality scientists. In addition, there are also acoustical engineers, planners, landscape architects, water resources modelers, economists and GIS experts.

ICF’s environmental policy and transportation experts understand the need for timely and sufficient environmental review as part of passenger rail development.

With this complex aspect of rail projects, the company provides a customised approach to environmental review to ensure compliance with national, state, and local requirements.