Siemens and Alstom selected to submit RFP to CHSRA for electric high speed trains

Siemens and Alstom selected to submit RFP to CHSRA for electric high speed trains Image credit: CHSRA

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has approved the release of a request for proposals (RFP) to Alstom Transportation Inc. and Siemens Mobility Inc. for the manufacture of electrified high-speed trains.

Alstom and Siemens emerged from the request of qualifications (RFQ) that the board approved in August 2023. With the RFP due in the fall, authority officials hope to award a contract by the end of the year.

The contract will call for a total of six trainsets capable of operating at 220 mph and testing up to 242 mph. Two of the six will be prototypes to support testing and trial running; four of the six will operate along the 171-mile Merced-to-Bakersfield section of the high-speed rail line.

The trainsets must be ready for revenue service between 2030 and 2033. The contract will require 30 years of maintenance services, including a midlife overhaul.

The RFP is made possible in part by the nearly $3.1 billion federal investment announced in 2023 for the California high-speed rail project.

Source: CHSRA