Texas Central Rail Holdings has reached an agreement with engineering firm Fluor Corporation and the Lane Construction Corporation to advance the development of its 240 mile high-speed line.
Under the deal, the trio will refine and update the project’s construction planning and sequencing, scheduling and cost estimates, procurement and other activities related to the civil infrastructure.
Texas Central, which is developing the Dallas/Fort Worth to Houston line, said the signing of the deal marks a ‘significant step’ in the multi-billion dollar line’s development.
The agreement also specifies that after the development phase and financial close, Fluor and Lane Construction would be the preferred project design-builder.
Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar said: “This underscores the attention the Texas Bullet Train has received from world-class firms, wanting to be part of a project that will revolutionise travel here and generate long-lasting local economic benefits.
“We are excited to partner with firms that have deep Texas roots. This is the latest in a long list of Texas-based companies helping build the train, including Freese & Nichols, Contract Land Staff and Survey And Mapping.
“The ramp up on the design and engineering reflects continued progress for the high-speed train. This is a major milestone for a project that links two of the nation’s largest commercial hubs and gives Texans a safe and reliable alternative over congested highway and air travel.”
Lane Construction CEO Robert Alger added: “This will be America’s first true high-speed train, and we’re eager to be part of the next generation of sustainable infrastructure. The project will create benefits for generations to come while providing an innovative transportation alternative for Texas commuters.”
Texas Central said that the Federal Railroad Administration is continuing to work on an environmental impact statement, which will help determine the project timeline and final route of the high-speed line.