- Transportation planning
- Environmental analysis
- Conceptual engineering
- Right-of-way acquisition
- Public outreach
Under a contract awarded by the California High-Speed Rail Authority, a URS joint venture is providing planning and engineering services for one third of a proposed 800-mile, high-speed rail system from San Francisco and Sacramento to San Diego. The system will be the largest public works project in California history.
URS and our partners are tasked with developing two contiguous segments of the system—from Fresno to Palmdale and from Palmdale to Los Angeles. As part of this work, we are responsible for defining the detailed design and construction requirements for the two segments. This includes planning for grade separations, crossings and bridges, as well as for more than 30 miles of tunnels and viaducts that will pass through the Tehachapi and San Gabriel mountain ranges in Southern California. In addition, URS is developing design concepts for the rail stations along these segments of the route—all of which will be multimodal transportation hubs with direct links to local and regional highways, airports and transit systems.
Also, we are identifying the agricultural, residential, industrial and recreational areas along the route to determine which alignments will have the least environmental impact. This includes studying the potential effects of train noise and vibration on people, buildings and the local ecology. A series of public meetings are being held to keep local communities informed about the various design concepts and any mitigation measures, which will be incorporated into the project to help protect the environment.