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Miami-Based Brightline Announces Plans For Las Vegas To California Rail Line

Miami-Based Brightline Announces Plans For Las Vegas To California Rail Line

Brightline, which has its headquarters at MiamiCentral, is expanding.

The company announced today that they have agreed to acquire XpressWest, which has obtained approval for a 185-mile high-speed rail line from Las Vegas to California.

Brightline is also buying 38 acres adjacent to the Las Vegas strip, with plans for a station and mixed-use project.

Construction on the first phase between Las Vegas and Victorville, California will begin next year with completion in 2022. A second phase into Los Angeles is planned.

Brightline is working to expand their Florida rail line from Miami to Orlando and Tampa, with the Orlando leg to begin construction soon and the Tampa leg now in bidding with the state of Florida. Additional stations along the Treasure Coast are also now being considered.

The company says they are continuing to explore intercity rail opportunities across North America, in addition to their newly acquired Las Vegas route.

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Nice!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I cannot think of better routs than Miami – Orlando and Los Angeles – Las Vegas. That is just awesome. I will personally go to Orlando a few times a year using Brightline and since I go to Vegas once a year for 10 days I will definitely take it to LA for a couple of days too. Way to go guys.

Anonymous
Anonymous

head quarters in Miami….good!

Dan The Man
Dan The Man

Awesome project!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I think they should focus on covering Florida instead. They should reach all the key cities in each region: Tallahassee, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Daytona, and perhaps even Atlanta in GA.

Anonymous
Anonymous

How about where the money is, so it can fund more connections?

Anonymous
Anonymous

The money is Orlando. 5th most visited city in the US, and people from all across FL go there every weekend to go to their favorite theme parks. If I were the CEO of Brightline I would’ve opened Orlando-Jacksonville first, despite the existing infrastructure of the FEC.

Anon
Anon

the existing infrastructure is what makes this work. Brightline has first rights on FEC tracks. they previously owned FEC, but sold it to group out of Mexico last year. the orlando-miami connection is the next route, opening 2020 hopefully.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Imagine a connection all the way to Key West! That would be cool

Anonymous
Anonymous

That would be amazing!!!!

suomynona
suomynona

They’ll have a line to Tallahassee before Key West.

Anonymous
Anonymous

That would be very cool, not to mention the historical nostalgia.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Henry Flagler already did imagine it. What he didn’t imagine is a hurricane wiping out all his infrastructure 3 years later.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I interviewed someone at Brightline for my school paper when the project hadn’t even broke ground, they informed me that the company is only interested in projects that would definitely make money, I specifically asked him about the college outposts like Tally and Gainesville and he said they weren’t interested–seems to me like an opportunity for another rail operator to start commuter routes to feed the larger system, just my 2 cents, glad to see them expanding nationally!

Anonymous
Anonymous

It would be great if it gets to Atlanta. In case of a hurricane we can just take the train, and go to Atlanta.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Rock and roll baby!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I wish they would have done high speed rail here.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I don’t think it would make much difference due to so much of the line being in densely populated areas. So if the CA HSR ever gets built it won’t be high speed from SJ to SF which is similar to PB to Miami. Anyway, better to get the train built quickly and economically than not all like in CA!

Anonymous
Anonymous

There hasn’t been a direct LA to Vegas passenger train service for over 20 years.Amtrak could’nt make it work because the trip takes 7 (or more) hours compared to 4 hours by car…and about 4 hours by air (when you factor in LA traffic to the airport…check-in…and baggage claim…the actual flight is about 40 minutes)
The added 3 (or more) hours by train from LA comes from having to navigate a twisty 4 thousand foot elevation called the Cajon Pass.The first city at the top of that elevation is Palmdale. Victorville is 50 miles east from Palmdale. Both are 2 hours away from DTLA or Santa Ana(OC).All of this to explain why XPress West would’ve failed even with high speed trains…and why nothing profitable will come of Brightline purchasing them.I predict LA to Vegas will be one of the first travel issues that
will be solved by the flying car.No…I’m not off my meds.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wow, that was really good information, hope that Brightline did their homework. I would like them to succeed but that is a whole lot of problems you just mentioned.

Anonymous
Anonymous

then they should build tunnels through those areas to ensure that travel times are kept to a minimum. Just to Japan’s shinkansen, they do this in many area sections of their HSR system.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’m sure Brightline did their homework and factored in the speed over distance compared to train travel

Anonymous
Anonymous

“Construction on the first phase between Las Vegas and Victorville, California will begin next year with completion in 2022.”

Sure!

suomynona
suomynona

Not sure why a Vegas to LA rail line is on this site.