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WSP Joins the Team of the Texas Bullet Train

WSP USA is pleased to be joining the Texas Bullet Train team to provide engineering support as the high-speed passenger train between Dallas and Houston moves into its pre-construction phase.

 

WSP will focus on engineering, cost estimating and scheduling for the Texas Bullet Train.
Texas Central
and its preferred design-build partners, Texas-based Fluor Enterprises and The Lane Construction Corporation, together operating as 1st Bullet Builders, announced that WSP will focus on engineering, cost estimating and scheduling.

 “WSP’s expertise in major infrastructure projects and our team of seasoned professionals position us well to ramp up quickly in support of the Texas Bullet Train. This is a transformational project and we are proud to be part of the project team,” said Joseph Pulicare, president of transportation & infrastructure for WSP USA. The firm has already staffed dozens of full-time personnel on the project to assist Fluor and Lane. 

The multibillion-dollar project is a 240-mile line that will connect North Texas and Houston in 90 minutes, with a midway stop in the Brazos Valley. The investor-owned project, which is not taking federal or state grants for its construction or operations, is bringing in partners familiar with Texas, creating jobs and opportunities here.

The announcement reflects the continued progress of the high-speed train, coming just weeks after Texas Central selected Fluor Enterprises and The Lane Construction Corporation to perform pre-construction planning.  The mega-project continues to announce world-class participants as it brings the best talent on board building toward the expected 10,000 direct jobs each year during construction.

“We are excited to partner with WSP, a company that has been involved in many iconic transportation projects around the world,” Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar said. “This further demonstrates the attention the Texas Bullet Train has received from world-class firms with such scale and experience.”

WSP has been a part of numerous high-speed rail projects around the world, including Taiwan, California, China, the United Kingdom and, most recently, the high-speed rail system that will connect Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. WSP’s history in Texas dates to 1886, when William Barclay Parsons served as chief engineer of the Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railroad. The firm has maintained a continuous presence in Texas since the 1960s. More recently, the firm has contributed to delivering projects such as the reconstruction of Houston’s IH-10 Katy Freeway, the Dallas-Fort Worth Connector, and the Dallas Horseshoe Project.