Thank you to our supporters! We once again are one step closer to making the Texas High-Speed Train a reality.
We are excited to announce another major accomplishment. We are pleased to share that we have signed an early works agreement with Kiewit, Mass. Electric Construction to prepare for the installation of the Texas High-Speed Train. Mass. Electric, a subsidiary of Kiewit Corporation, will focus on installing the core system and critical safety elements of the train. The Early Contract Involvement (ECI) agreement with Mass Electric covers work through the end of 2019 to define the scope, execution plan, schedule and price for a design-build contract, which is expected to be signed later this year.
Mass Electric Construction has a 55-year tradition of outstanding performance on some of the nation’s most high-profile transportation projects. The addition of Kiewit/Mass Electric is another example, among many, of how we are working to ensure an integrated approach toward all parts of construction and operation to create a safe and efficient system.
Carlos F. Aguilar, CEO, Texas Central, said:
The Shinkansen total system approach has created performance unparalleled in the industry, having transported over 10 billion people safely. Marrying the experience of Mass. Electric with the dedication to safety of an integrated system, brings the project one step closer to construction and operation.
Mass. Electric will install the systems that supply and distribute electrical power for running the train and related equipment, signaling and control of the trains, and communications, to ensure the trains, tracks, and operators all communicate with one another with network operations.
Mark Williams, Project Director, Mass. Electric, said:
This project draws on our extensive experience in delivering high-quality rail systems safely and effectively. We are excited to play a key role in the nation’s first high-speed train project.
The project will create an estimated $36 billion in economic benefits statewide over the next 25 years, including the creation of 10,000 direct jobs per year during peak construction and 1,500 permanent jobs when fully operational. Texas Central recognizes diversity of thought, background and ethnicity are vital to this project’s sustained success and are committed to the inclusion of Texas-based, small, rural, minority-, woman-, veteran- and disabled individual-owned businesses by offering fair and competitive opportunities to bid and participate in building and operating the Texas High-Speed Train.
Again, thank you to everyone for their continued support. We are proud to say that this latest accomplishment is the next step to #BuildThisTrain.