May 3, 2021 - TRA Newswire -

Texas Central Railroad has signed a $1.6 billion contract with Kiewit Infrastructure South and affiliate Mass. Electric Construction to install the core electrical systems for the high speed rail line to be built between Dallas and Houston.

It includes critical safety and systems elements like traction power, signaling and communications equipment to enable the trains to operate safely and ensure the tracks and operators communicate with one another and with network operations.

The core systems that will be installed are a key component of the N700S Shinkansen technology being deployed for Texas Central Railroad. Texas Central is using an integrated approach ensuring all parts of construction and operations are married together for safety and  cost-effective operations.

"Kiewit and Mass. Electric have extensive experience in complex and large-scale electric systems. "They have a long track record of delivering high-quality rail systems safely and effectively," said Carlos Aguilar, CEO of Texas Central Railroad. "Combining their experience with the safety of an integrated system is essential to the operation of the Texas Central Railroad. Signing this contract is the next step in making the Texas Central Railroad the first high-speed rail system to be implemented in the United States."

Kiewit and Mass. Electric have worked on some of the nation's most high-profile rail transportation systems, including projects. They include Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, Miami, Chicago, Washington D.C. and the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

"We commend Texas Central on their commitment to delivering the first high-speed rail system in the United States," said Mark Williams, Kiewit's project director at Mass. Electric. "Through their leadership and our extensive rail experience and expertise, we are well-equipped for success."

The system Texas Central Railroad proposes to build in Texas will replicate the proven Japanese Tokaido Shinkansen high-speed rail system, as operated by the Central Japan Railway Company (JRC). Texas Central chose this system because of its reputation as being one of the safest and most punctual train systems in the world. In its 55+ year history, it has transported over 10 billion passengers with an impeccable safety record of zero operational passenger fatalities and zero accidents since first deployed. This technology reliably moves more than 400,000 passengers every day.

The project will create an estimated 17,000 direct jobs during the six years of construction, over 20,000 supply chain jobs and more than 1,400 direct permanent jobs when the train is fully operational. The Texas Central project will use $7.3 billion of materials from US companies across 37 states. And, over the next 25 years, this project will have a direct cumulative economic impact of $36 billion.

In addition, Kiewit and MEC work closely with local trades across Texas including the craftsmen and women in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Texas Central has a comprehensive Business and Workforce Opportunity Program with a mission to promote the value and development of small, rural, and 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.