California High Speed Rail Community Benefits Agreement

Commuter Train, which can reach speeds of more than 200 miles per hour and reach San Francisco from Los Angeles in less than three hours A one-way journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles is not expected to last more than three hours, reducing pressure on the state`s taxed airport and highway infrastructure, including along corridor I-5. California Rail Builders is a joint venture of Ferrovial-Agroman West, LLC and Griffith Company. The joint venture is a goal company of Ferrovial Agroman US Corp that combines the know-how of Ferrovial Agroman with the high-speed rail design expert Euroestudios. The agency works with local unions, the State Building and Construction Trades Council and the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board and continues to work with carpenters, electricians, workers, workers, business engineers and many others who are building the country`s first high-speed rail system. Since the launch of the high-speed rail project, the Authority has committed to ensuring that jobs created under the project benefit disadvantaged areas through the implementation of a Community Performance Agreement. The agreement includes a targeted work programme that provides that 30 per cent of all project hours are carried out by people from disadvantaged communities where household incomes range from $32,000 to $40,000 per year. California`s high-speed rail system aims to connect the state`s megaregions, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected areas. The network will extend from San Francisco to the Los Angeles Basin in less than three hours at speeds in excess of 200 km/h and will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, for a total of 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition, the California High-Speed Rail Authority is working with regional partners to implement a national railway modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail to meet the state`s transportation needs in the 21st century. The CBA is a partnership and commitment between the Authority of High Speed Railways (Authority), craft unions and contractors.

All work contracts are equipped with a CBA based on Community Benefits Policy, which promotes employment and business opportunities during the construction of the high-speed rail project. The Community Performance Policy was approved by the Authority`s Board of Directors and signed in December 2012 by the Authority`s Chief Executive Officer. As part of the 2-3 (CP 2-3) construction pack, Flatiron, in collaboration with Dragados and project engineers Jacobs Engineering Group and Sener, will design and build a high-speed rail segment of more than 65 miles from Fresno to Allensworth, a critical sweep that cuts through the central valley of the state region. CP 2-3 involves the construction of separations of more than 60 degrees, including viaducts, underpasses and viaducts. “The High Speed Railway Authority is delivering on its promise by providing opportunities for disadvantaged communities,” said Robbie Hunter, president of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California. “With the opening of other construction sites, the chances are increasing for our growing staff and apprentices who are keen to make high-speed rail a reality.” The California High-Speed Rail Authority is committed to improving benefits for California businesses and residents during construction of the project. To this end, the Authority has set an aggressive target of 30 per cent for small business participation, which includes targets of 10 per cent for disadvantaged enterprises (DBEs) and 3 per cent for businesses of disabled veterans (DVBE).

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