Brightline to Break Ground on $12 Billion High-Speed Rail Project Connecting Las Vegas and Southern California

Brightline to break ground on $12B high-speed rail connecting Las Vegas and Southern California, set to begin operations by 2028 and transform regional travel.

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Brightline to Break Ground on $12 Billion High-Speed Rail Project Connecting Las Vegas and Southern California

Brightline to Break Ground on $12 Billion High-Speed Rail Project Connecting Las Vegas and Southern California

Brightline, a privately owned train company, will break ground on April 24, 2024, on a $12 billion high-speed rail project connecting Las Vegas and Southern California. The groundbreaking ceremony will be attended by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Brightline founder Wes Edens, and federal, state, and local officials from Nevada and California.

The 218-mile rail line is expected to begin operations by early 2028, with trains traveling at speeds of up to 200 mph. The route will mostly follow the right-of-way of Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and Rancho Cucamonga, California, where it will offer a connection to Metrolink commuter rail service to reach downtown Los Angeles and other Southern California locations.

The project has been discussed for over a decade, and the groundbreaking marks a significant milestone in bringing high-speed rail between Las Vegas and Southern California. It has obtained necessary environmental clearance and secured significant funding, including a $3 billion federal grant and $2.5 billion in private activity bonds, making it one of the few high-speed rail proposals to advance in the United States.

Why this matters: The Brightline high-speed rail project represents a major step forward in connecting two of the largest metropolitan areas in the western United States. The rail line has the potential to transform travel between Las Vegas and Southern California, reducing traffic congestion and offering a more sustainable transportation option.

The travel time between Las Vegas and Rancho Cucamonga is expected to be just 2 hours and 10 minutes once the rail line is operational. "This is a historic moment for the nation and the American West," said Wes Edens, founder of Brightline. "This project will be a game-changer for transportation in the region and a model for the country."

Key Takeaways

  • Brightline to break ground on $12B high-speed rail from Vegas to SoCal in 2024.
  • 218-mile line expected to begin operations by 2028, with trains up to 200 mph.
  • Project obtained environmental clearance and secured $5.5B in funding, including federal grant.
  • Rail line to transform travel, reducing traffic and offering sustainable transport.
  • Travel time from Vegas to Rancho Cucamonga expected to be 2 hours 10 minutes.