Brightline West Expects Work to Begin in 2nd Quarter

Brightline West said it is on schedule to begin construction of a high-speed intercity rail line between Las Vegas and Southern California.

It said work would begin in the second quarter of this year but did not specify a date for when construction of the 170-mile line between Las Vegas and Victorville, California, would get underway.

“The world changed as a result of the pandemic, but we continued to work wherever we possibly could toward advancing the ball,” said Brightline West CEO Mike Reininger. “The project remains a very high priority for us.”

The effects of the pandemic on the project were described in a letter sent in January by Brightline to the Nevada High-Speed Rail Authority. One of those was obtaining funding for the project.

In a related development Brightline West has asked the U.S. Surface Transportation Board for an exemption from certain regulatory requirements in order to construct and operate an extended 50-mile high-speed rail line between Victor Valley and Rancho Cucamonga, California.

That proposed line would extend the a previously approved Las Vegas-to-Victorville line..

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