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High Speed Rail Between Vegas and SoCal May Actually Happen Soon!

Esther S

It's been a long, long wait, hasn't it? But it appears that groundbreaking may happen in the very near future.

High speed rail service between Las Vegas and Southern California that runs parallel to I-15 most of the way is no longer just a twinkle in someone's eye. According to reporting by news3lv the developer, Brightline West, is finally talking about breaking ground for the project.

And if you've driven along the South end of Las Vegas Boulevard lately, you've seen new signage on fencing along the side of the road that touts several phrases such as "the coast is clear", "SoFasttoSoCal" and "California here we come". Clever, eye-catching phrases that indicate a change is coming, and soon.

Once completed, the rail line would run 218 miles between Vegas and the SoCal area. The Vegas station would be located very near where the current signage is displayed. The SoCal destinations would be Apple Valley, Hesperia and the Rancho Cucamonga area, with existing local connections extending further into the LA area.

Before construction can begin, Brightline is waiting for their pending grant application with the Federal goverment (as part of the Build Back Better Act) of $3.75B (that's billion, with a "B") and once approved, they hope to have the line up and running prior to the 2028 Olympics in LA.

If you have traveled the I-15 between Vegas and LA, then you know there are certain days and times that have to avoid unless you want to spend several extra hours sitting in traffic. Speeds for the rail line are predicted to be 180+ mph. That should cut down the travel time considerably, right?

So hold on to your hats, because the high speed rail that has been talked about for years is just around the next curve in the tracks!



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