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Rail News: High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority creates 3,000 jobs
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) last week announced its high-speed rail project in the Central Valley has created more than 3,000 construction jobs.
In partnership with local trade unions, the State Building and Construction Trades Council and the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board, the CHSRA has employed operating engineers, electricians, laborers, cement masons and ironworkers, CHSRA officials said in a press release.
At the beginning of the project, the CHSRA signed a community benefits agreement that called for 30 percent of all project work hours be performed by individuals who come from disadvantaged communities where household income ranges from $32,000 to $40,000 annually, authority officials said.
Each of the project’s design-builders is implementing the targeted worker program, they said.
The CHSRA currently has 119 miles under construction within three construction packages. Design-build contractors Tutor-Perini/Zachry/Parsons, Dragados-Flatiron and California Rail Builders have more than 20 active construction sites with more expected to open in the coming months.
This work totals more than $4.8 billion in construction commitments.
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