Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Clean Transport

California High-Speed Rail Authority Has Formally Begun Process Of Procuring Trains

The first formal step towards the procurement of trains by the California High-Speed Rail Authority took place recently, when the authority asked rail manufacturers to submit interest letters for an initial order of — at a maximum — 95 sets of cars and engines.

Needless to say, only trains capable of achieving sub-3-hour service between San Francisco to Los Angeles will be considered. Manufacturers that are interested will also have to achieve the deadline for the interest letters — which is October 22.

High speed rail

“This is a big moment for our program,” explained Jeff Morales, CEO of the rail authority. “The manufacturing of trainsets and the establishing of maintenance facilities will mean more jobs, increased economic benefits, and allow for the possible development of a whole new high-speed rail industry here in California.”

The Sacramento Business Journal provides more:

The request for “expressions of interest” also allows rail manufacturers to describe how they would develop facilities to house and maintain the trains, which would each have a minimum of 450 seats.

A representative for Siemens Rail Systems said the German rail manufacturer is “very interested” in making a bid and, if successful, would build all the high-speed rail trains at its existing site in south Sacramento.

The announcement sets an important milestone for a project whose future was much more uncertain just one year ago. In 2014, the agency prevailed in an appeals case that grants access to $4.7 billion in voter-approved bonds, though plaintiffs in the case have asked the California Supreme Court to review the ruling.

“We expect that this will be a very competitive bid with strong interest from around the world. However, we feel confident that with our proven global experience and technology in high-speed rail, we can be a top contender,” stated Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Rail Systems in the US.

The project as whole is now finally starting to move along at a decent pace — the California High-Speed Rail Authority began demolition and construction testing in Fresno earlier this year, during the late summer.

Image Credit: California High-Speed Rail Authority

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Former Tesla Battery Expert Leading Lyten Into New Lithium-Sulfur Battery Era — Podcast:

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...
If you like what we do and want to support us, please chip in a bit monthly via PayPal or Patreon to help our team do what we do! Thank you!
Written By

James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.


You May Also Like


The California Energy Commission has chosen Redflow to build a 20 MWh flow battery storage system near the town of Corning.


Who has the most power in America? Oil companies? Political parties? Elon Musk? Nope, nope, and nope. The correct answer is insurance companies. Insurance...


States with decarbonization goals must plan, prepare, and test for long-duration energy storage

Climate Change

LLNL and the Clean Air Task Force have released a new report "Sharing the Benefits: How the Economics of Carbon Capture and Storage Projects...

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.