Brightline West will extend 218 miles from Las Vegas to Rancho Cucamonga with additional stations in Hesperia and Apple Valley. The system will primarily operate within the median of the Interstate 15 right-of-way. Our station in Rancho Cucamonga will be located directly next to the existing Metrolink station, allowing for a seamless link to Metrolink’s regional service, including seamless service to downtown Los Angeles.
Brightline West will be constructing all new tracks to accommodate our all-electric, zero-emission trains.
We will be using an overhead catenary system consisting of overhead wires suspended over the tracks along the entirety of the right-of-way to provide consistent, clean power to our trains. Our power will come from one of the greenest power providers in the U.S.
The High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Agency is working on a future connection between Palmdale and the Victor Valley Station that would link the California High Speed Rail and Brightline West systems. This effort – the High Desert Corridor – is in the planning stages. More information is available here.
Brightline West is working collaboratively with the California High Speed Rail Authority on future connectivity in Palmdale, as part of the High Desert Corridor. Brightline West is actively communicating with the Authority to share best practices, so the two high speed rail systems can be well coordinated for future interoperability.
Construction is expected to take about 4 years.
Brightline West is expected to break ground in the second half of 2023.
We are working closely with departments of transportation, municipalities, and other stakeholders to ensure any detours, lane restrictions, and other construction-related occurrences are kept to a minimum. We will also keep stakeholders and residents up-to-date with construction alerts and through our social media channels. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn - @BrightlineWest.
In partnership with Southern Nevada and California Building Trades, we are committing our contractors to enter into project labor agreements to support over 10,000 direct field jobs during construction. Inclusive of jobs that go into materials production, transportation, and other key elements to constructing the system, Brightline West will support more than 35,000 jobs across the construction period. At operations, Brightline West is expected to support over 1,000 permanent jobs, about 900 of those being union roles.
Stations will be located in Las Vegas, on the south end of the iconic Las Vegas Strip, in Apple Valley, in Hesperia, and in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
Our station in Rancho Cucamonga will be located directly next to the existing Metrolink station, allowing for a seamless link to Metrolink's regional service. With multiple trains each day, linking your Metrolink trip to and from downtown Los Angeles into Rancho Cucamonga and Las Vegas will be easy and seamless. We are working closely with Metrolink to enhance this rail-to-rail connection, including aligned timetables and unified ticket purchasing.
Travel from Rancho Cucamonga to Las Vegas will take about 2 hours and 10 minutes. Including a connection from Downtown Los Angeles to Rancho Cucamonga via Metrolink, total trip time to Las Vegas will take about 3 hours. Travel from Apple Valley to Las Vegas will take about 90 minutes.
Brightline West is true high-speed rail and will be capable of reaching speeds of 186+ miles per hour.
Ticket pricing will be determined closer to the start of operations but can be expected to be priced on par with the cost of gas and parking, but without the stress and extra time in traffic, fluctuating gas prices, and other things that can add time and money to your trip.
At our Las Vegas station, you’ll find easy access to rideshare, taxis, and public transportation. In addition, we envision providing a privately-operated rideshare option, through our proprietary and green platform, Brightline+, for seamless last-mile connectivity. We also plan to work with Las Vegas resorts to accommodate guests from the moment they arrive at the station.
Similar to our Las Vegas station, you’ll find easy access to rideshare, taxis, and public transportation, including seamless service to Downtown Los Angeles via Metrolink’s regional rail network. We also plan to work with California resorts and nearby destinations to accommodate guests from the moment they arrive at the station.
Brightline West will offer premium food, beverages, and cocktail service in our stations, as well as onboard our trains.
Fast and free WiFi will be available at our stations and onboard. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, we’ve got you covered.
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