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ExpressWest Reaches MOU With Metrolink, Calif. Agency to Study Expansion of Las Vegas Service

September 2, 2020

A memorandum of understanding has been reached between developers of the Brightline/XpressWest project and the boards of Metrolink and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority on a study of a high-speed rail line between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles region.

XpressWest has proposed using an existing Metrolink route for 50 miles from a western terminus at Victorville, California.

Use of Metrolink tracks would create service from Las Vegas to the Los Angeles suburbs of Rancho Cucamonga and Palmdale.

“This is a forward-looking partnership that will allow us to explore the possibility to enhance the rider experience and attract new riders,” said Metrolink Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Wiggins.

The SBCTA’s board last July approved an MOU with Brightline/XpressWest to expand the high-speed rail service to Apple Valley, using the right of way through the Cajon Pass along Interstate 15 and eventually connecting with the Metrolink station in Rancho Cucamonga.

SBCTA and XpressWest are expected to collaborate on design and right-of-way issues, SBCTA officials said in a news release.

“The MOU allows us to work with XpressWest in looking outside the box in considering the possibility of a privately built and managed rail system through the Cajon Pass between Apple Valley and Rancho Cucamonga,” said SBCTA Executive Director Ray Wolfe.

Firm Says It’s Started Work on LA-Vegas Service

June 7, 2019

A company planning to institute rail passenger service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas said this week that it has begin work on the project.

United Rail said it will operate its Las Vegas Xpress service as a common carrier.

It acquired the X Wine Railroad from Las Vegas Xpress Incorporated for $500,000. That service began in January 2017 between Los Angeles and the wine region of Santa Barbara and Los Olivos, California.

“The Las Vegas Xpress will be a part of a new passenger operations division at United Rail,” said Chief Executive Officer Michael Barron in a statement. “Las Vegas Xpress joins the X Wine Railroad wine train excursion, which was acquired in March of this year and our Polar Bear Express excursion trains.”