Vegas to L.A. high-speed rail line secures $3 billion in federal funding
The long-awaited, long-delayed high-speed rail train from Las Vegas to Southern California is $3 billion closer to leaving the station.
Brightline West — the company behind the proposed high-speed rail line between Las Vegas and Rancho Cucamonga — will receive $3 billion from the federal Department of Transportation, a large portion of the $3.75 billion the company was seeking in public funds. The remainder of the projected $12 billion cost will be privately financed.
In a statement, Brightline CEO Wes Edens thanked Rosen and called the funding announcement a "historic moment that will serve as a foundation for a new industry."
The funding comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which authorized spending more than $4.5 billion for intercity passenger rail funding for lines outside of the rail-rich Northeast Corridor.
The news was welcomed by Nevada’s representatives in Congress. Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), who has led congressional efforts to fund the line through letters and press conferences, called the announcement a “game changer” for the state’s tourism economy.
“It’ll 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,” Rosen said in a statement.
Brightline West, which aims to open in advance of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, already has much of the requisite permitting and project-labor agreements in place. The funding announcement was also met with praise from the High-Speed Rail Labor Coalition and the Southern Nevada Building Trades Union.
Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), who serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the funding announcement marked “an unprecedented example for the possibilities of high-speed rail in our country.”