• Kyodo


East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) plans to take part in international bidding this fall to supply railcars for a high-speed railway line planned in California, JR East sources said Friday.

The line would link San Francisco to Anaheim and cost around $67.6 billion (¥7.1 trillion) to build, with operations set to begin in 2028.

JR East intends to market its shinkansen technology. It plans to participate in the project in conjunction with six other Japanese companies including Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Hitachi Ltd. and Sumitomo Corp.

The companies are aiming to clinch a package contract that includes both train cars and track signals, the sources said.

Germany’s Siemens AG and Canada’s Bombardier Inc. are among the other competitors likely to bid for the project.

Since California is often hit by earthquakes, JR East will promote its track record on disaster recovery, playing up how quickly it restored rail service shortly after the massive offshore earthquake that rocked Tohoku in 2011, its trains’ high quake resistance and its fatality-free record over a half century, the sources said.

Among other railway projects overseas, Central Japan Railway Co., creator of the maglev, is considering bidding on a high-speed rail project in Texas.

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