Removing barriers to opportunity
Brightline West is committed to improving equity in the communities it will serve, for a system that benefits all.
For disadvantaged communities: Through greater access to affordable housing options, reliable and efficient transportation to job centers, and increased development around stations for true transit-oriented development that benefits both people and places.
For skilled union labor: By partnering with unions to fill critical jobs required to construct, operate and maintain the Brightline West system. This includes a recent agreement between Brightline West and the High-Speed Rail Labor Coalition to use highly skilled union labor during operations. In total, Brightline West expects to create more than 10,000 union jobs during construction and approximately 900 union jobs during operations.
For small and underrepresented businesses: During construction, by working with contractors to ensure high utilization of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and in operations, by making retail locations available for lease to underrepresented businesses.
For local workforce development: By forming partnerships with educational institutions to improve workforce readiness and facilitate the development of a sustainable and equitable workforce pipeline for good-paying jobs at Brightline West and beyond, for generations to come.
For locals in the High Desert: Through a Hesperia station that will function primarily as local rail service for the thousands of commuters that travel through the Cajon Pass, providing residents who live in Hesperia, Apple Valley, Victorville, Adelanto and the High Desert area access to a rail option that connects to Metrolink’s San Bernardino line. This direct link to job opportunities in downtown Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Rancho Cucamonga reduces the need to rely on a personal vehicle or limited regional transit options for daily commute.