CHSRA releases RFQ to design track and overhead contact systems, SOQ in Jan 2024

CHSRA releases RFQ to design track and overhead contact systems, SOQ in Jan 2024 Image credit: CHSRA

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) Board of Directors has approved the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to industry for design services for track and overhead contact systems (OCS) for the initial 171-mile passenger service connecting Merced to Bakersfield.

The RFQ will be advertised on Nov. 3, with Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) due Jan. 22, 2024, and potential Board approval and contract execution and issuance in April 2024. 

With a total contract value of up to $131.2 million and potential extension options, this procurement process will allow the Authority to:

  • Produce high-level designs for track and systems for the 171 miles connecting Merced to Bakersfield, including detailed designs for the 119-mile stretch under active construction within that Central Valley stretch. 
  • Design the track system, including the track structure, OCS, along-track cable containment, across-track ducts, access walkways, fencing, and drainage. 
  • Manage technical and non-technical interfaces with contractors/consultants. 

This action comes on the heels of the Authority moving its trainsets procurement forward in August.

In October 2022, the Authority opted to let a previous RFQ for procurement of a track and systems contractor expire due to the economic climate, supply-chain challenges and 40-year high inflation. 

The Authority has since developed a new procurement strategy, considering extensive industry feedback and adjusting to program needs. The track and OCS design services contract is an important step in the new procurement strategy. 

Source: CHSRA