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Global Megaprojects: California High Speed Rail

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The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a statewide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs.

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The Phase 1 system will ultimately connect the San Francisco Bay Area to the Los Angeles Basin via the Central Valley and will be sequenced to maximize current federal and state dollars, and deliver the earliest operating high speed rail line by 2029. The Silicon Valley to Central Valley Line will connect San Jose to just north of Bakersfield and is anticipated to be operational by 2025. The program is also actively seeking additional funds to extend the initial line to San Francisco and Bakersfield, as well as complete a connection to Merced.

Funding for California High Speed Rail:

Capital funding to develop the high-speed rail project will come from federal, state, local and private sources. These funds will be available to the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) at different times based on the development timeline of the system.

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Developing the first segment of the Initial Operating Section (IOS) from Madera to Bakersfield will cost $6 billion, consisting of $3.3 billion in federal funding and $2.6 billion in Proposition 1A bond proceeds. The remaining portions of the IOS will be funded using state bonds, federal support, and local funds. Cap and Trade funds are also available as needed, upon appropriation, as a backstop against federal and local support to complete the IOS.

From July 2006 through June 2017, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has invested over $3.5 billion in planning and constructing the nation’s first high-speed rail system.

The Bay to Basin system is expected to be funded using a mix of federal, local, and other funds, as well as private-sector capital. Likewise, the complete Phase 1 Blended system is expected to be funded in a similar manner.

Once the IOS is under construction and work has begun on blended improvements in Northern and Southern California, the Authority will begin to build the remainder of the IOS with initial attention on closing the passenger-rail gap between Bakersfield and the Los Angeles basin. Development of the IOS will be funded through government sources, while private-sector capital will fund future construction segments once the system is generating positive cash flow.


Job Opportunities in California High Speed Rail:

With construction underway, and the transition of the California High-Speed Rail Authority from a planning to a project development organization, the economic benefit of these activities is substantially growing. Starting with just a few employees a decade ago, the project now supports thousands of jobs across all functions—from planning and environmental clearance to engineering and construction. This investment has spurred economic benefits around California and across the country.

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Investment in high-speed rail is supporting jobs, labor income and economic output across a number of California’s regions, including some of those hardest hit by the Great Recession.

The Authority is expanding to meet the demands of planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation and is seeking individuals who are ready to join us in accomplishing our objectives, meeting new challenges, and exploring ground-breaking opportunities. The information contained on this page will help facilitate your search for employment opportunities.

If you have questions or comments related to employment opportunities, please feel free to contact the Human Resources Branch at 916-324-1541 or humanresources@hsr.ca.gov.

Doing Business with California High Speed Rail:

The Office of Contracts and Procurement (Contracts Office) provides purchasing authority for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Responsibilities include preparing all bid documents and awarding contracts as well as assuring compliance with all legal requirements in the procurement process.

The Contracts Office is responsible for procurement and contracting of Non-Information Technology (Non-IT) and Information Technology (IT) goods and services are included but are not limited to developing purchase orders for goods and services, preparing service contracts, consultant service agreements, interagency agreement, public entity contracts, architectural and engineering contracts and design-build construction contracts.

All solicitations and addenda documents issued by the Contracts Office are located at Cal eProcure. To learn more visit the California Department of General Services Cal eProcure.

If you have questions or comments related to contracts or procurement, please feel free to contact the Contracts Office at 916-324-1541.

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Recent Updates about California High Speed Rail:

2,000 construction jobs created and counting!

Major milestones and big advances mark the month of May for the High-Speed Rail project. In the past month, they celebrated creating 2,000 construction jobs in the Central Valley and you can read how the project has impacted the lives of some workers in this update. Plus, the Cedar Viaduct is their Featured Project as the work there is beginning to cross over State Route 99. Read more about that project and more in June Construction Update.

Credits: California High Speed Rail Authority


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