Press Release

Parsons Brinckerhoff awarded US high-speed rail contracts

16 March 2010


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, announces today that Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), its recently acquired professional services business, has been awarded three new contracts to manage high-speed and intercity passenger rail projects in Illinois, Ohio and Florida.

Commenting today, Balfour Beatty Chief Executive, Ian Tyler, said:

"We are delighted to have won these contracts. Building on PB's several decades of planning and analysis of high-speed rail in the US, and extensive experience of the design and management of high-speed rail projects in Asia, we are now a key player in implementing these important rail projects in the US."

The Illinois Department of Transportation has selected PB as programme manager for the high-speed rail, 284-mile signature route from Chicago to St. Louis, with US$1.1 billion in Federal high-speed rail funding targeted for this project.

The Ohio Department of Transport has selected a PB-led team to provide consultant services for the development of a new intercity passenger rail service on an existing rail freight corridor in the Cleveland-Columbus-Dayton-Cincinnati "3C" corridor, a distance of approximately 250 miles. PB will carry out environmental work for various components and design for the track and capacity improvements. The project has been awarded funding of US$400 million by the Federal Railroad Administration.

In Florida, PB will lead the consulting team selected by the Florida Department of Transportation to undertake the planning and design of a 230-mile high-speed rail line between Orlando and Miami. The project involves preliminary engineering and environmental analysis, which includes recommending the final alignment and train technology to be used.

PB is already leading the programme management team overseeing the implementation, from design to commissioning, of the California High-Speed Rail, an 800-mile-long system serving Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley, Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, Orange County and San Diego. The system will use state-of-the-art electrified trains capable of speeds of up to 220 mph. The majority of the system will be at-grade alongside existing railroads, roads and highways. The project was recently allocated US$2.25 billion in Federal funding, which will help accelerate the building of the system.

This means that PB is managing projects accounting for a combined US$4 billion of the US$8 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) high-speed and intercity passenger rail grants awarded by the Federal Government in 2010.

PB has also been selected as one of several consultants for the Southern High-Speed Rail Commission, a three-state authority charged with planning implementation of high-speed rail in Atlanta, New Orleans and Houston.


Analyst/media enquiries:

Duncan Murray
Balfour Beatty plc
Tel 020 7216 6865

Notes to Editors:

  1. Balfour Beatty ( is a world-class infrastructure group operating in professional services, construction services, support services and infrastructure investments.

    We work in partnership with our customers principally in the UK, the US, South-East Asia and the Middle East, who value the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise.

    Our key infrastructure markets include transportation (roads, rail and airports); social infrastructure (education, specialist healthcare, and various types of accommodation); utilities (water, gas and power transmission and generation) and commercial (offices, leisure and retail). We deliver services essential to the development, creation and care of these infrastructure assets including investment, project design, financing and management, engineering and construction, and facilities management services.

    Balfour Beatty employs more than 50,000 people around the world.

  2. Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) is a global strategic consulting, engineering and programme/ construction management organisation. PB is a leader in developing and operating infrastructure around the world, with over 14,000 employees dedicated to meeting the needs of clients and communities in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia-Pacific regions. PB offers skills and resources in strategic consulting, planning, engineering, programme/construction management, and operations for all modes of infrastructure, including transportation, power, community development, water and the environment.
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