Texas Central signs design-build agreement with Salini Impregilo and Lane Construction Corporation for Texas High-Speed Train
The scope encompasses design, construction and installation of the civil infrastructure and track system, and related buildings and services along the route that will house maintenance and other rail system equipment
Dallas, September 13 2019 – Today, Texas Central, developer of the high-speed train, announced a design- build contract has been signed with the joint venture of Salini Impregilo, one of the largest civil engineering contractors in the world, and its U.S. subsidiary, Lane Construction Corporation.
Salini-Lane is to supply the civil and infrastructure scope for the new high-speed train service between Houston and Dallas.
"We are thrilled and honored to bring our large-scale railway expertise to this unique opportunity”, said Pietro Salini, CEO, Salini Impregilo Group.
The Texas high-speed train project is amongst the most important in the world in terms of railway connections between two large urban centres.
Just like Madrid-Barcelona, Tokyo-Osaka or Paris-Lyon, the two cities Dallas and Houston are at the right distance to guarantee reduced travel times compared to car travel and at extremely competitive prices compared to air travel.
It is the fastest railway connection between two U.S. cities with strong population growth. The high-speed train will link Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes with a train every 30 minutes at peak times. There will be one stop in the Brazos Valley, where Texas A&M University is located. It is expected to be 90 minutes faster than car travel and one hour faster than air travel considering boarding times.
Dallas and Houston are respectively the fourth and fifth largest economies in the U.S, after New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The two metropolitan areas are amongst those with the highest population growth.
According to the US Census Bureau the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex registered one of the highest rates of population growth in the U.S. - 1 million from 2010 to 2018.
It is estimated that 6 million passengers in 2029 and 13 million in 2050 will use the high-speed train between Dallas and Houston.
Economy and Environmental
From an environmental point of view the Dallas- Houston train is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 700,000 metric tons annually.
The train is six times more efficient in terms of energy than the car, the preferred means of transportation in Texas. It will also emit 1/12th of the CO2 of a Boeing 777-200.
From an economical point of view the high-speed train will be entirely financed by private investors and will have enormous benefits for the region:
Salini Impregilo for the development of Global Infrastructure
Salini Impregilo Group has completed more than 2,000 projects in its 113-year history. Many of these projects were challenging for their geography (deserts, forests) or urban setting (big cities with dense traffic flows).
Each project is a sign of distinction for a group that works in 50 countries with 35,00 employees from more than 100 nationalities.
The Group, which operates in the United States through Lane Construction (128 years of history), has a long experience in rail infrastructure, especially in complex systems for high-speed and highcapacity trains. It has a track record of 7,062 kilometres of rail and 472 kilometres of metro (since 1960) in more than 170 projects in 23 countries.
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