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Parsons Brinckerhoff to deliver California high-speed rail

Parsons Brinckerhoff in the U.S. will work on a seven-year, $700 million rail delivery partner contract awarded by the California High-Speed Rail Authority earlier this month.


California High Speed Rail

Services to be provided include program management, integration, delivery, as well as operations and maintenance planning for the first high-speed rail system in the U.S. 

View the planned project:

The California High-Speed Rail system will connect the mega-regions of the State and contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment. Phase 1 service will connect the San Francisco Bay Area to the Los Angeles Basin in less than three hours at speeds of over 354 km/h (220 m/h). The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 1287 kilometres (800 miles) with up to 24 stations.

We have teamed up with Network Rail Consulting and LeighFisher for this contract, bringing together extensive experience developing and managing high-speed rail projects on four continents. Network Rail Consulting is the international consulting arm of Network Rail, the owner and operator of Britain’s s rail network and infrastructure operator and maintainer of High Speed 1, Britain’s next-generation high-speed rail line between London and the Channel Tunnel. LeighFisher brings expertise in high-speed rail procurement, integration and commercial advice, gained through experience on European high-speed systems.

Transbay Transit Center

Synergy between WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff

The California High-speed Rail line’s northern terminus will be the Transbay Transit Center, a major transportation project on which WSP in the U.S. is serving as engineer-of-record for the transit terminal and its proposed five-acre public rooftop park, as well as the engineer for the Transbay Tower, a state-of-the-art office high-rise adjacent to the centre. The Transbay Transit Center will act as San Francisco Bay Area’s transit hub and accommodate 11 mass transit systems under one roof.

The project employs sustainable design principles and aims to achieve LEED® Gold certification. The areas of integrated sustainable design include: water/rainwater management, abundant use of natural daylight, reducing overall energy usage, application of recycled materials to cut down on construction waste, and maximizing indoor environmental quality. The proposed energy systems for the Transit Center support the sustainable project goals by concentrating on low-impact strategies such as geothermal, natural ventilation, radiant systems, daylighting/shading solutions, and thermal mass coupling.