Posts Tagged ‘Nevada High-Speed Rail Authority’

Brightline West Expects Work to Begin in 2nd Quarter

April 15, 2021

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..

Brightline West Expect to Begin Construction in Spring

January 15, 2021

Brightline West expects to begin construction of its high-speed rail route between Las Vegas and Southern California this spring.

The company disclosed the plan in a filing with the Nevada High-Speed Rail Authority.

Sarah Watterson, president of Brightline West, said in the filing that the project is “on target” to launch in the second quarter of 2021.

Brightline’s filing also indicated that it will make another attempt to sell private activity bonds that it is depending upon to fund the project.

An effort to sell $2.4 billion in bonds last November was canceled. At the time the company blamed an unfavorable market for calling off the sale.