NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Board Awards Design Contract for Central Valley Stations

October 20, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (Authority) Board of Directors today unanimously approved awarding the design and support services contract for the Merced, Fresno, Kings/Tulare and Bakersfield stations that will serve high-speed rail passengers on the initial 171-mile segment.

Rendering showing an interpretation of the future Fresno Station, featuring shaded, walkable and bikeable access. The station's canopy arches above the entrance, with a large sign which says "Fresno" on top.

Click for larger version of preliminary conceptual rendering of Fresno Station.

“The first four Central Valley high-speed rail stations are one step closer to reality,” said Authority Chairman Tom Richards. “High-speed rail stations will transform cities, spur economic development and create community hubs within the heart of our state.”

The Authority awarded an approximately $35 million station design contract to Foster + Partners and Arup (F+P Arup) for the first of two separately funded phases: the first to advance the design work at the four station sites, including identifying right-of-way and utility relocation requirements necessary for construction, and the second to progress to final design and construction ready documents, construction support and commissioning. The duration for the first phase of work is estimated to be 30 months.

The California high-speed rail project is currently under construction along 119 miles in California’s Central Valley at more than 30 active job sites. In the past several months, the Authority also began advancing design work on the alignment to extend work north into Merced and south into Bakersfield.

To date, nearly 9,000 construction jobs have been created since the start of construction. For more on construction, visit For a more comprehensive look at the Authority’s stations visit:

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