Texas Central has announced an Early Contract Involvement (ECI) agreement with Mass. Electric Construction Co. for work through the end of 2019 to define the scope, execution plan, schedule and price for a construction contract on a high-speed train connecting Houston and North Texas. The Early ECI agreement is expected to be signed later this year.
The agreement includes the installation of the core rail systems end equipment, critical systems elements, including electrical power, signaling and communications. The core system is a key component of the N700S Shinkansen technology, which is a “complete system approach” that integrates trains, infrastructure and supporting high-speed rail technologies as a unit.
“The Shinkansen total system approach has created performance unparalleled in the industry, having transported over 10 billion people safely,” said Carlos F. Aguilar, Texas Central CEO. “Marrying the experience of Mass. Electric with the dedication to safety of an integrated system brings the project one step closer to construction and operation.”
Under a Core Systems Installation Agreement, Mass. Electric would install the systems that supply and distribute electrical power for running the train and related equipment, signaling and control of the trains, and communications, to ensure the trains, the tracks and operators all communicate with one another and with network operations.
“This project draws on our extensive experience in delivering high-quality rail systems safely and effectively,” stated Mark Williams, Mass. Electric project director. “We are excited to play a key role in the nation’s first high-speed train project.”