Since the high-speed rail began, it has been assured that Central Valley companies would complete construction, but that might not be the case.
The High Speed Rail Authority released the construction teams that they say qualify to bid on the next 60-mile stretch toward Bakersfield.
They claimed the contracts would bring thousands of jobs to the Central Valley, an area with some of the highest unemployment rates in the country.
Five teams considered were made of 12 companies:
- Ferrovial Agroman US Corp., Texas
- Granite Construction Company, Bakersfield
- Dragados USA, Inc., New York
- Flatiron West, Inc., Utah
- Shimmick Construction Co., Inc., Oakland
- OHL USA, Inc., Florida
- Samsung E&C America, Inc., Long Beach
- Skanska USA Civil West California District Inc., Riverside
- Ames Construction, Inc., Minnesota
- Tutor Perini Corporation, Sylma
- Zachry Construction Corporation, Texas
- Parsons Transportation Group Inc., Pasadena
Only one is from the Central Valley.
The proposals will be considered and the final decision will be made in 2014.