Webuild and its US subsidiary Lane Construction have signed a $16 billion contract with Texas Central LCC to build the Dallas-Houston high-speed railway, the first in the US.
Webuild / Lane will be entrusted with construction of the civil engineering works, the design and construction of the 379-kilometer railway and the track system, and the viaducts and all the buildings and services for maintenance, train depots, and materials storage.
According to estimates, these works will create 17,000 direct and 20,000 indirect jobs and will use materials worth an estimated $7.3 billion procured from US suppliers, along with contracts for the specialised Italian railway construction sector. This will also involve the Italian companies that work with Webuild, including ITALFERR, which will supervise the design. The trains will be based on the Japanese Shinkansen model, and will connect the two cities in 90 minutes with a maximum speed of 320 kilometers per hour and a single stop about halfway through the journey. About 100,000 people are expected to benefit in terms of a reduction of 100,000 tons of greenhouse gases per year saved by reducing car and air travel between Dallas and Houston.