Bechtel to project manage Texas Bullet Train development

Photo: Texas Central.
Photo: Texas Central.

Engineering giant Bechtel has been awarded a project management contract for Texas’ 240 mile-long high-speed rail project.

Known as the ‘Bullet Train’, once it is complete the railway will connect North Texas, the Brazos Valley, and Houston in approximately 90 minutes, reaching speeds of up to 200mph.

Teams from Bechtel and developer Texas Central will be integrated to deliver the project from development through implementation.

Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar said: “We’re putting all of the elements together, building toward the expected 10,000 direct jobs each year during construction in Texas.

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“The addition of Bechtel, with its experience in mega-infrastructure project execution, is another sign of the expertise this project is generating.”

Scott Osborne, Bechtel infrastructure’s general manager for the Americas, added: “We look forward to using our international high-speed train experience to progress this transformative project in the United States.

“The high-speed connection between Houston and North Texas will begin a new era of travel and convenience for riders.”

Fluor Enterprise and the Lane Construction Corporation were previously selected to perform pre-construction planning with engineering support from WSP.

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