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In California's high-speed train efforts, worldwide manufacturers jockey for position

(Source: Fresno Bee, December 27, 2014)

FRESNO, Calif. — Next spring, when the California High-Speed Rail Authority hopes to start the long process of buying rolling stock for its statewide rail system, it might just touch off a bidding frenzy as firms jockey for a contract to build dozens of the sleek, all-electric vehicles. An initial order could be 15 to 20 trains, and the contract could potentially call for as many as 95 trains over the next decade. A hint of the enthusiasm surfaced in late October, when nine manufacturers responded to the rail agency’s request for expressions of interest in building its trains and initial specifications.

Full story: Fresno Bee

Monday, December 29, 2014

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