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Texas Central signs $1.6B pact with Kiewit for bullet train electric system installation

The $1.6 billion contract with Kiewit calls for the installation of core electrical systems including critical safety and systems elements.
Photo – Rendering provided by Texas Central


Texas Central Railroad has signed a contract with Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. and affiliate Mass. Electric Construction Co. to install the core electrical systems needed for the proposed Dallas-to-Houston bullet train to operate.

The $1.6 billion contract with Kiewit calls for the installation of core electrical systems including critical safety and systems elements like traction power, signaling and communications equipment to enable the trains to operate safely and ensure the tracks and operators communicate with one another and with network operations, Texas Central officials said in a press release.

The core systems that will be installed are a key component of the N700S Shinkansen technology being deployed for the Texas Central Railroad.

"Kiewit and Mass. Electric are national leaders in installing complex and large-scale electric systems and have long track records of delivering high-quality rail systems safely and effectively," said Carlos Aguilar, chief executive officer of Texas Central Railroad. "Combining their experience with the safety of an integrated system is essential to the operation of the Texas Central Railroad. Signing this contract is the next step in making the Texas Central Railroad the first high-speed rail system to be implemented in the United States."

Texas Central, which includes its operating subsidiary Texas Central Railroad, is the company undertaking the development, design, construction, finance and operation of the new high-speed passenger line that will connect North Texas and Greater Houston in less than 90 minutes, with one stop in the Brazos Valley.

The system Texas Central proposes to build will replicate the proven Japanese Tokaido Shinkansen high-speed rail system, as operated by the Central Japan Railway Co.

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