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Parsons Brinckerhoff to manage three US high speed rail schemes

Consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), acquired last year by contractor Balfour Beatty, has won three contracts to manage high speed rail projects - in Illinois, Ohio and Florida.

PB is already involved in the California high speed rail route. The three new wins are:

  • Programme Manager for the 545km Chicago to St. Louis route, which has £729M ($1.1bn) of federal funding already earmarked, for client the Illinois Department of Transportation.
  • Consultancy services for the 400km Cleveland-Columbus-Dayton-Cincinnati “3C” corridor, which has secured £265M ($400M) in federal funding for the Ohio Department of Transport. The PB-led team will look at track and capacity improvements for a new intercity passenger rail service on an existing rail freight corridor
  • Consultancy services for the 368km Orlando to Miami line as part of a team for the Florida Department of Transportation. The project involves preliminary engineering and environmental analysis, which includes recommending the final alignment and train technology to be used.

Balfour Beatty’s chief executive Ian Tyler, said: “Building on PB’s several decades of planning and analysis of high-speed rail in the US, and extensive experience of the design and management of high-speed rail projects in Asia, we are now a key player in implementing these important rail projects in the US.”

PB is already leading the programme management team for the 1280km California High-Speed Rail line, linking Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley, Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, Orange County and San Diego. 

This project will use 350km/h trains and has already secured £1.5bn ($2.25bn) in federal funds.

PB has also been selected as one of several consultants for the Southern High-Speed Rail Commission, a three-state authority charged with planning implementation of high-speed rail in Atlanta, New Orleans and Houston.

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