The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) in the US has awarded a contract to Spain-based Sener for the development of engineering and environmental services for the 42-mile (72.4km) section between Palmdale and Burbank Airport.
The section is the first phase of California’s high-speed line (HSL).
Under the deal, Sener will carry out preliminary design for the HSL section, including conceptual design engineering, through a process that will involve analysing various alternatives before selecting the preferred option.
In addition, Sener will prepare tender documents for design and build contracts, as well as define the footprint for the environmental impact analysis of the right of way that will be acquired for the track alignment, stations and ancillary elements.
The company will also analyse the viability of a long-bored tunnel for the project and will work closely with Palmdale and Burbank City planners to develop station areas.
Sener USA CEO Francisco Fernández said: "As experts in high-speed rail lines that runs through major city centres, we’re going to apply all of our know-how to plan and design an efficient solution that will be respectful of the environment while being accessible and convenient for passengers."
Sener has experience of developing high-speed projects and urban integration through several Spanish high-speed projects, including the Figueres-Perpignan high-speed line.
The company has also developed the renewal of stations in the Polish cities of Wroclaw, Poznan and Lodz.
By 2029, the California HSR system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin within 3h at speeds in excess of 250mph.
Finally, the HSR system will extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totalling 800 miles with up to 24 stations.
Image: The Figueras-Perpignan high-speed line, between Spain and France, developed by Sener. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.