Left to right: Supervisor Jesse Armendarez, Supervisor Curt Hagman and Congresswoman Norma Torres

Monday marked a historic milestone when ground was broken for Brightline’s highly anticipated high-speed rail project connecting Rancho Cucamonga to Las Vegas.

The groundbreaking ceremony, held at the site of the future Las Vegas station, marks the commencement of construction for this transformative transportation infrastructure project. Representatives from Brightline, local government officials and community stakeholders gathered to celebrate the start of this monumental project, which promises to revolutionize travel between Southern California and Las Vegas.

The Brightline high-speed rail service will offer passengers a comfortable and convenient travel experience, with state-of-the-art trains capable of reaching speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. Trains will take passengers from Las Vegas to Rancho Cucamonga in just 2 hours and 10 minutes, twice as fast as the normal drive time.  The 218-mile route will feature premium amenities to exceptional onboard experiences with all the extras.

“I am excited for our residents to experience the convenience of this sustainable travel option,” said Fourth District Supervisor Curt Hagman, who attended the event with Second District Supervisor Jesse Armendarez.

“The Brightline high-speed rail service is expected to stimulate economic growth and create thousands of jobs throughout the region. Construction of the rail will generate opportunities for local businesses and suppliers, while ongoing operations will support jobs in the hospitality, tourism, and transportation sectors. Additionally, the zero-emission electric train will remove over 400,000 tons of CO2 emissions every year,” Hagman said.

“Together, we are embarking on a journey that will not only reduce commute times but also create new job opportunities and enhance the overall quality of life for our residents,” said Armendarez.

“The Brightline West project is particularly noteworthy for its commitment to environmental sustainability,” Armendarez said. “By primarily constructing the intercity passenger rail service within the median of the Interstate 15 right-of-way, we are minimizing the project’s ecological footprint. By investing in transportation infrastructure that prioritizes environmental sustainability and safety, we are laying the foundation for a more prosperous and interconnected future.”

Brightline anticipates that the high-speed rail service will begin operations within the next few years, providing travelers with a fast, reliable, and environmentally friendly mode of transportation between Rancho Cucamonga and Las Vegas.

“Congratulations on your major step forward,” Board of Supervisors Chairman and Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe told Nevadans in a video message. “San Bernardino County’s snowy slopes, alpine forests, and many other attractions await you. Nevada, welcome to your Southern California vacation playground. “

For more information about Brightline and the high-speed rail project, please visit www.brightlinewest.com.

Additional County Update News – April 25, 2024