CHSRA conceptual rendering of Fresno station-01

USA: The California High-Speed Rail Authority has awarded Foster+Partners and Arup a $35m contract to provide design services for Merced, Fresno, Kings/Tulare and Bakersfield stations on the initial 275 route-km segment of the line.

The 30-month contract includes identifying right-of-way and utility relocation requirements.

A separately funded second phase would cover final design and documentation to support construction and commissioning.

‘The first four Central Valley high speed rail stations are one step closer to reality’, said CHSRA Chairman Tom Richards on October 20. ‘High speed rail stations will transform cities, spur economic development and create community hubs within the heart of our state.’