Brightline West High-Speed Rail to Connect Las Vegas and Southern California by 2028

Brightline West chooses Siemens Mobility to build 10 high-speed train sets for its Las Vegas to Rancho Cucamonga, California project. The $12 billion project aims to operate by summer 2028, connecting Las Vegas to Southern California destinations without a car.

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Brightline West High-Speed Rail to Connect Las Vegas and Southern California by 2028

Brightline West High-Speed Rail to Connect Las Vegas and Southern California by 2028

Brightline West, the company behind California's first high-speed rail project, has chosen Siemens Mobility to build a fleet of ten "American Pioneer 220" train sets. The project aims to connect Las Vegas to Rancho Cucamonga, California, allowing access to Southern California destinations without a car, with a goal to operate by summer 2028, just in time for the Olympics.

Why this matters: This high-speed rail project has the potential to significantly reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to a more sustainable transportation system in the region. Moreover, it will boost economic growth and connectivity between Las Vegas and Southern California, two major tourist and business hubs.

The American Pioneer 220 trains are designed for operational speeds of up to 220 mph and will feature a lighter weight and aerodynamic shape for increased efficiency. Each train will carry between 434 to 450 passengers, depending on final configurations, and will make the trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in under two hours. Amenities will include free onboard WiFi, ADA accessibility from station to train, a wide selection of food and drinks, checked luggage, and hotel check-in services.

The Rancho Cucamonga station will connect to Metrolink's regional rail network, providing access to destinations throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange, San Diego, and Ventura counties. "It's great because right now my wife is plugging in to go to Union Station from here and then we will go Metrolink up to Santa Barbara. There are so many different places you can go," said Steve Geist, a Rancho Cucamonga resident.

The rail line will offer numerous benefits for travelers, including avoiding traffic congestion on congested highways like I-10 and I-15. "You can avoid sitting in traffic. This train will be operating at close to 80 miles per hour. The vehicles there in the primary lanes are basically operating at a standstill," explained Scott Johnson, a Metrolink spokesperson. A single Brightline ticket will allow passengers to transfer to and from Metrolink at no additional cost, with luggage transfer also available.

Brightline West celebrated its groundbreaking on April 22, 2024. The $12 billion project was recently awarded $3 billion in funding from President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, with the rest of the project to be privately funded. "Just as we redefined train travel with our trainsets for Brightline Florida, we are excited to pioneer this new frontier of manufacturing and development for Brightline West," said Michael Reininger, Brightline's CEO. "The momentum we are building will culminate in new jobs and a new supply chain that will establish the foundation for a high-speed rail industry from coast to coast."

The Inland Empire, which includes Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, is already a multibillion-dollar tourism industry, accounting for over 180,000 jobs and generating nearly half a billion dollars in tax revenues. With the arrival of Brightline West and a projected 25% increase in the Inland Empire's population between now and 2050, the region is poised for even more dynamic growth in the coming years.

The Brightline West high-speed rail project represents a significant step forward in connecting two of the nation's most vibrant regions, Las Vegas and Southern California. With the goal of initiating service by summer 2028, just in time for the Olympics in Los Angeles, the project is set to transform travel between these destinations, providing a convenient, efficient, and environmentally friendly alternative to driving. As construction progresses and anticipation builds, the Brightline West high-speed rail system promises to usher in a new era of connectivity and economic growth for the region.

Key Takeaways

  • Brightline West chooses Siemens Mobility to build 10 "American Pioneer 220" train sets.
  • Trains will operate at 220mph, carrying 434-450 passengers, with amenities like WiFi and food.
  • Rancho Cucamonga station will connect to Metrolink, providing access to Southern California destinations.
  • The $12 billion project aims to reduce traffic congestion and emissions, with service starting by summer 2028.
  • The project will boost economic growth and connectivity between Las Vegas and Southern California.