ACS will construct a stretch of high speed line in California

The Spanish builder ACS won Friday heading a consortium a contract to build a section of the line high-speed rail in California by 1200 million, announced the California authorities.

The contract concerns a stretch of 105 kilometers from the city of Fresno and Bakersfield, the statement of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the government body responsible for the project and launched the tender.

Such authority considered as the most competitive offer by Dragados, a subsidiary of ACS, Flatiron (controlled by, belonging to the German group Hochtief ACS) and the American group Schimmick Construction. Besides, two other consortia were presented.

“It’s an important step, now we continue to build the first network of high-speed rail in the country,” the president of the authority, said in a statement welcomed.

California plans to acquire a high-speed line between now and 2029 will allow travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in less than three hours.

The total investment plan envisaged at the time of the project adopted in 2008 was 9,950 million.

If all goes well, Californians will enjoy from 2022 high speed train, with the opening of service between Merced (200 miles south of San Francisco) and the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles.