Jacobs wins $1.2 billion high-speed rail contract

Los Angeles Business Journal, 7/21/15 – excerpt

A consortium led by Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been awarded a $1.2 billion contract to provide design services for the second section of the California high-speed rail system.

The contract is for the Construction Package 2-3 of the California High Speed Rail, which represents the continuation of construction on the rail system south towards Kern County.

Pasadena-based Jacobs(NYSE: JEC) is the lead designer for the joint venture for the design-build contract and is responsible for the infrastructure design. The venture includes Dragados USA Inc., a subsidiary of Spain’s Grupo ACS and Dragados S.A., and Flatiron West Inc. of San Marcos. http://www.dfcp23.com

The California High Speed Rail is the first true high-speed rail being constructed in the United States, with operating speeds of up to 220 miles per hour. The ultimate program stretches from San Diego to San Francisco and includes connections in major cities such as Los Angeles, Burbank, Palmdale, Bakersfield, Fresno and a spur to Sacramento.

The Construction Package 2-3 is expected to provide 65 miles of infrastructure improvements required for the future high-speed rail, including 10 million yards of new high-speed rail embankment, 23 high-speed rail structures and 32 new roadway grade separations. The project covers a 65-mile portion of the 120-mile initial construction segment, which will be used as a test track for vehicles before being put into service.

“This project is one of the largest in the state’s history and, once completed, should provide the traveling public with a fast, clean alternative stretching from Southern to Northern California,” Jacobs Group Vice President Randy Pierce said in a statement.

Separately, Jacobs said it also was awarded a five-year, multiple use contract by Suncor Energy Services Inc. for turnaround services at Suncor facilities in the Wood Buffalo region of Alberta, Canada.

Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs may provide pre-work, execution and post-work for turnaround events during planned outages at Suncor facilities. Turnaround services to be provided under this contract include mechanical, piping and support services.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

This sounds like what the SFMTA was caught doing in North Beach. They signed the contract to tunnel to North Beach four years before they brought the project to the public’s attention. It was at a meeting we attended that Supervisor Chiu was made aware of the situation and started moving the tunnel from the middle of Columbus Avenue to its current spot. Otherwise, North Beach would have a huge whole in the middle of the street next to Washington Square Park and traffic would be worse than it is now, (if you can image that.)

Atherton lawsuit against Caltrain over electrification project clears one

Atherton has won at least an incremental victory against Caltrain’s plans to electrify its tracks through the town, thanks to a federal agency’s determination that the commuter service doesn’t fall under its jurisdiction.

The town in February filed a lawsuit in San Mateo County Superior Court alleging that Caltrain’s environmental impact report for its electrification project does not comply with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines.

Caltrain asked the Surface Transportation Board to exempt it from the CEQA, but on July 2 the federal agency’s board ruled that it did not have jurisdiction over Caltrain… (more)

WE WON! OUR POINT AT PLANNING TODAY.

Thanks to everyone who showed up and everyone who wrote letters, they are tabling the parts of the Amendment that we most objected to.

We are especially grateful to Rick, Saif, and John, (from Cultural Action Network, CAN) for showing up and speaking.

Rose requested a two week lead time for snail mail notices and documents instead of the one week Planning wanted to give us. Sue Hester specifically claimed the policies are hurting the Mission, Potrero and Mission Bay.

The Commissioners mentioned public input on the change in timing, and all of them agreed with Commissioner Richards motion to table Items 1, 7 and 8. So we can let that go for while. Rose will keep us informed if it rears its ugly head again.

What is our next date at Planning? Send me those public meeting and hearing dates to me.
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Mari
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