Parsons Brinckerhoff, the professional services division of Balfour Beatty, has secured a $120m contract from California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) in the US to provide programme management services.
Parsons Brinckerhoff has been serving as the programme manager on the project since 2006, and the latest contract extends the previous deal.
Under the previous contract, Parsons Brinckerhoff has been providing programme management services, including planning, environmental review, preliminary engineering, and testing and commissioning.
Parsons Brinckerhoff was also helping CHSRA with project development work, including economic impact analyses, business planning and grants.
The company was responsible for finalising the criteria and technical standards that will help CHRSA define high-speed train systems, as well as the procurement of system-wide design-build contracts.
Balfour Beatty chief executive Andrew McNaughton said that with funding now in place, the construction of the initial phase of the high-speed line in California’s Central Valley is on track to commence this summer.
"The California High-Speed Rail System will transform the way Californians travel while alleviating freeway and airport congestion, reducing carbon emissions, and enhancing the state’s economic competitiveness," McNaughton said.
The high-speed public transport system will eventually allow passengers to travel between Los Angeles to San Francisco in under three hours on 200mph trains.
The first phase of the proposed 800-mile line will run from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area, passing through the Central Valley, and later phases are expected to extend the line to San Diego and Sacramento.
Image: Construction on the first phase of California’s high-speed line is expected to commence in summer 2013.