High-Speed Rail Trainsets

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is seeking a trainset manufacturer to design, build and maintain Tier III Trainsets for the use on the nations’ first high-speed rail system. California’s high-speed trainsets will be able to achieve sustained speeds of 200 mph and take passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours.

HSR 14-30 Draft RFP for Tier III Trainsets


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In January of 2014, the Authority and Amtrak issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) regarding a joint procurement for high-speed trainsets. The order would have met Amtrak’s critical short-term need to expand capacity of its current Northeast Corridor (NEC) high-speed service while meeting the long-term operation needs of both Amtrak and the Authority. After receiving feedback from leading global rail car manufacturers, Amtrak and the Authority determined that a common set of equipment would not be economically and operationally feasible for the two separate systems. The joint procurement was rescinded in June 2014.