High-speed train from Las Vegas to Southern California could create 40K construction jobs

By Jenny LescohierJanuary 26, 2022

Brightline’s goal is to launch service between Las Vegas and Southern California in 2026

A proposed high-speed train connecting Las Vegas to Southern California could create up to 40,000 construction jobs starting as soon as soon as a year from now.

Brightline, the passenger rail company, said U.S. regulators are reviewing the plans for the 49-mile section of Brightline West, according to media reports.

That segment of railway would start in Rancho Cucamonga and would run at speeds of up to 180 mph and connect to a previously approved 216-mile rail from Hesperia to Las Vegas.

“Trains are expected to operate daily on 45-minute headways between Victor Valley and Rancho Cucamonga. The trip between Victor Valley and Rancho Cucamonga would be approximately 35 minutes,” the project website says.

The site further states the project - which could create an economic impact of $10 billion - would be constructed and operated under a lease agreement with the California Department of Transportation for the use of the I-15 ROW and the station at Hesperia.

As necessary, Brightline West would secure additional agreements for ROW use, design and construction oversight and reimbursement, and operations and maintenance.

The western segment is scheduled to complete an environmental review and permitting by Nov. 30, 2022. Brightline’s goal is to launch the service in 2026.

The $1.2-trillion infrastructure bill signed into law on Nov. 15 contains new funding for passenger rail service but is expected to offer only limited support for the nation’s bullet train ambitions, including California’s high-speed train which has been mired in financial challenges for years.

A look at some of the major transportation projects around the U.S. can be found here.

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