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The California High-Speed Rail Authority has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for its upcoming rail delivery partner (RDP) procurement.The move marks the latest milestone for the proposed high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco."The services we are seeking will accelerate construction to concurrent project sections and help deliver high-speed rail to Californians sooner than we previously thought possible," said Frank Vacca, the authority's chief program manager, in a press release.Firms have until March 23 to submit their statement of qualifications. Authority officials will review the applications and establish a short list for interviews of the most highly qualified firms to provide the authority’s RDP services.Firms will be selected based on criteria such as past performance, key personnel and organizational structure, delivery approach, understanding of the project, and innovative ideas. The winning firm will oversee management, support for strategic advice, business planning, continued development and management assistance. Additional areas expand the focus to include program delivery, systems and project integration, and specialized technical expertise for the next steps in the project.The RFQ is available on the authority's website.