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A group led by German Rail (DB) has been announced as the frontrunner in a tender to select an early train operator for the California super-fast rail network.
At an October 19 meeting, DB Engineering & Consulting USA, a group of DB International US, DB, Alternate Concepts, and HDR would be recommended to the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) board of directors for contract award. Four shortlisted bidders filed bids with CHSRA on September 6.
DB Engineering ranked the highest in the subsequent assessment, followed by Renfe in second place, FS First Rail Group in third, and China HSR ETO Consortium in fourth.
The early train operator will serve as consultant advising CHSRA on the purchase of rolling stock, track, systems and stations as well as optimising the capital, operating, maintenance and whole life costs of these assets.
Other responsibilities comprise offering support on station design and operational planning, train interiors, fares integration and interoperability with connecting operators, security and safety, operations control systems and train dispatching, and opportunities to maximise revenue.
The successful bidder will also help CHSRA in developing ridership and revenue forecasts, and operating and maintenance costs. It will help to choose a revenue collection system, and create a marketing and branding plan.