CHSRA shortlists Alstom and Siemens for electric trains, RFP expected soon

CHSRA shortlists Alstom and Siemens for electric trains, RFP expected soon Image credit: CHSRA

On the heels of the nearly $3.1 billion historic federal investment for California’s high-speed rail project, which includes funding for new electric trains, 

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA, Authority) has shortlisted of qualified bidders for its high-speed trainsets. The shortlist includes two teams:

  • Alstom Transportation Inc.
  • Siemens Mobility Inc.

The identification of the shortlisted teams is an important step toward the release of the Request for Proposals and procurement of state-of-the-art electrified high-speed trainsets capable of operating at speeds up to 220 mph.

On Aug. 24, 2023, the Authority’s Board of Directors approved the release of a Request for Qualifications for the trainsets and related services contract.  This contract will comply with the Buy America Act, and this procurement will result in a supply-maintain contract for the provision of trainsets, a driving simulator, and related services. The Authority anticipates releasing the Request for Proposals in the coming months, followed by award of a contract later this year.

The Trainset and Related Services contract will be funded in part by the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail (Fed-State National) Program grant the Authority received in December 2023. The scope of work for the contract is anticipated to include: 

  • Design, manufacture, storage (prior to conditional acceptance), integration, testing and commissioning of the trainsets;
  • Maintenance of each trainset for 30 years and provision of all spares (i.e., interchangeable parts of a trainset) for such trainsets;
  • Provision, testing, commissioning, maintenance, and update of the driving simulator;
  • Development and provision of design criteria to inform interfaces with the facilities, track, systems, and stations;
  • Participating in testing and commissioning of the facilities, track, systems, and stations;
  • Development and provision of information as required to support the certification and subsequent commissioning of the trainsets; and
  • Operation and maintenance of the trainset maintenance-related equipment installed in the Heavy Maintenance Facility, Light Maintenance Facility and Trainset Certification Facility (to be built by others).

The Authority has begun work to extend the 119 miles under construction to 171 miles of future electrified high-speed rail from Merced to Bakersfield.

Source: CHSRA