HESPERIA – US regulators began reviewing an extension that would connect a 49 mile route from Rancho Cucamonga to the High Desert for Brightline’s Las Vegas train. The Cajon Pass High Speed Rail Project includes railway stations in Hesperia and Rancho Cucamonga with an expected 2023 construction start date.
The trip between the High Desert and Rancho Cucamonga would be approximately 35 minutes and would run at speeds of up to 180 mph. The route would then connect to a previously approved 216-mile portion from Apple Valley to Las Vegas in a 90 minute trip.
The review could be completed by this November, allowing Brightline to begin construction of the project, with an aim of launching passenger rail service in 2026.
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“Brightline looks forward to working with the Federal Railroad Administration on finalizing the permitting process and making this America’s high-speed-rail showcase system,” the company said in a statement. “Brightline West is the most shovel-ready project in the nation and provides the best opportunity for this country to have a new high-speed rail system within the next few years, achieving success for this administration’s goals related to jobs, climate and equity.”
The project is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs for the High Desert.
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