Ricardo to support design and development of California High Speed Rail

Ricardo to support design and development of California High Speed Rail Image credit: Ricardo

As sub-consultants to Network Rail Consulting Inc, Ricardo has been appointed to support the design and development of California’s High-Speed Railway, the first dedicated high-speed railway in the United States. 

With construction under way, CHSRA has awarded Network Rail Consulting Inc a contract to provide a range of systems engineering expertise to the Operations Delivery Branch through to May 2029, with support drawn from a select group of partners including Ricardo.

Ricardo experts will bring experience of managing safety and technical compliance on high-speed systems around the world and help ensure the system is developed in line with the highest industry standards. Their responsibilities extend across system safety and certification management tasks – including onsite safety audits, risk identification exercises and safety case development – with a remit that includes oversight of the safety programs maintained by suppliers and contractors of subsystems such as the track, infrastructure and rolling stock.

Ricardo will also provide teams of engineers experienced in the technical specifications of high-speed rail systems who, for example, will undertake detailed evaluations of the trainset design and manufacture process. The project will be delivered by a team based out of Ricardo’s offices in Sacramento CA. 

California's high-speed network will see 200-mph trains linking the Los Angeles basin with San Francisco, with later branches to Sacramento and San Diego. The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) is responsible for planning, designing, building, and operating the high-speed network, which will eventually total 800 miles of railway with up to 24 stations. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a statewide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the State’s 21st century transportation needs.

Source: Ricardo