Brightline West Selects Atlas Technical Consultants for Geotechnical Engineering

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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Courtesy of Atlas Via LinkedIn

AUSTIN, Texas – For the high-speed rail project scheduled to open in 2028, Brightline West chose Atlas Technical Consultants to handle the engineering and design.

Brightline West has selected Atlas Technical Consultants Inc. to manage the geotechnical engineering and design of Brightline West. In a release, Atlas is headquartered in Austin, Texas and is a provider of infrastructure and environmental solutions. Atlas is also a member of the U.S. High-Speed Rail (USHSR) Coalition and “brings deep technical expertise to public and private-sector clients, integrating services across four primary disciplines: Environmental (ENV); Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC); Engineering & Design (E&D); and Program Management/Construction Management and Quality Management (PCQM).”

Atlas CEO Jacque Hinman said, “As a nation, we are collectively seeking sustainable transportation solutions, and Brightline West will set a precedent for the future of mobility. . . Atlas will leverage its experience from similar rail projects and other HSR initiatives to successfully deliver this project.” Atlas will lead a geotechnical investigation in order to observe and analyze soil conditions, seismic activity, and geological factors along the route. Through this work, Atlas will “inform crucial decisions throughout development, mitigating risks and optimizing design for long-term reliability.”

Brightline West will carry passengers along the I-15 right-of-way from Southern California to Las Vegas. It estimates 11 million passengers annually. The flagship station will be located at the end of the Las Vegas Strip and run 218 miles west to Rancho Cucamonga, California and Apple Valley, Hesperia. With speeds of 200 miles per hour, the trip is expected to take just over two hours.

With a four-year development period, the project will create over 35,000 jobs and will support more than 1,000 permanent operations and maintenance jobs upon completion. The project is expected to open on time for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. 

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