November 22. 2019 - TRA Newswire -
Texas Central Railway has announced another major achievement in their progress to bring high-speed trains to Texas with industry giant Kiewit's involvement.
Kiewit’s subsidiary, Mass. Electric, has signed an early works agreement to prepare for the installation of the high-speed train. The Early Contract Involvement (ECI) agreement with Mass Electric covers work to define the scope, execution plan, schedule and price for a design-build contract.
Holly Reed, Managing Director for External Affairs at Texas Central said that "Mass. Electric Construction has a 55-year tradition of outstanding performance on some of the nation’s most high-profile transportation projects. We selected Mass. Electric because of their exemplary reputation in transportation projects nationwide, including Union Station in Denver, Phase 2 Houston LRT, the DART Green Line in Dallas, and the Miami International Airport Automated People Mover."
"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", according to Reed.
Texas Central's 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, according to the railroad. "
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", according to Reed. "This is another partner added to our roster of global talent, and one more example of how we are bringing the most experienced and qualified team together to build this train right here in the Lone Star State."
Reed also pointed out a story that ran on KXAS-TV in Dallas this week. "It is testimony to how far along we are in the process and on the technical elements. Please feel free to share with your networks." The news story can be found at https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Texas-High-Speed-Train-is-Shovel-Ready-565182232.html