Skanska USA Civil West California District was among the 1,100 firms that expressed interest in building the California High-Speed Rail Authority�s planned rail line.

The submissions, by small businesses to multinational corporations and large construction firms, were in response to a �Request for Expressions of Interest� issued by the authority in February, asking that the private sector put in writing their desire to help develop California�s high-speed rail project.

In the responses, companies addressed the design, construction, operation and funding aspects of both the initial construction segment in California�s Central Valley and the overall first phase of the statewide project stretching from the Los Angeles basin to the Bay Area, the CHSRA says, which adds hat the responses will help guide the next stages of the formal procurement process and the packaging of future bids.

Respondents will be invited to an industry forum the authority is hosting in Los Angeles on April 12 to learn more about the next steps in the procurement process and the results of the request for expressions of interest.