Brightline West Awarded $3 Billion in Federal Funding

The high-speed rail line will cut travel time between Southern California and Las Vegas roughly in half.

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December 5, 2023, 11:00 AM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


Rendering of white, yellow, and purple Brightline West high-speed rail train speeding along highway median with blurred cars in foreground.

Brightline West / Train design

The Brightline West high-speed rail (HSR) project connecting Las Vegas to Southern California and Los Angeles-bound conventional trains received $3 billion in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, pushing the train one step closer to reality, reports Caitlin Lilly for Fox 5.

The line will primarily use existing right-of-way along Interstate 15 and culminate at Rancho Cucamonga, where travelers can connect to the Metrolink commuter rail system. The line, as currently planned, will have four total stops and could begin operating in 2027.

Brightline already operates a high-speed rail service in Florida that connects Miami to Orlando. According to a press release from Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen, the train will “bring more visitors to our state, reduce traffic on the I-15, create thousands of good paying jobs, and decrease carbon emissions, all while relying on local union labor.”

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