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Brightline West - Cajon Pass High-Speed Rail Project

PROJECT WEBSITE: https://railroads.dot.gov/environment/environmental-reviews/brightline-west-caj…

All dates below are specific to the schedule of the Environmental Review and Permitting processes for this project.

In Progress

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND PERMITTING STATUS
IN PROGRESS

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ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE OF ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND PERMITTING
11/30/2022

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ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND PERMITTING PROCESSES
COMPLETED

Surface Transportation

SECTOR
Surface Transportation

Project Category

CATEGORY
Project Category DOT Projects

Department of Transportation

LEAD AGENCY
Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration

Description:

DesertXpress Enterprises, LLC (dba "Brightline West") proposes to construct and operate the Cajon Pass HighSpeed
Rail Project (Project), a 49-mile train system capable of speeds up to 180 miles per hour between Victor
Valley, California, and Rancho Cucamonga, California. The Project includes two railway stations-one in Hesperia,
and one in Rancho Cucamonga. The station in Victor Valley would be constructed as part of a separate project
that was evaluated in the DesertXpress Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS; FRA 2011 ).
The Project would be powered by overhead electric catenary within the Interstate 15 (1-15) right-of-way (ROW) for
48 miles and on existing transportation corridors for the last mile into the proposed Rancho Cucamonga station.
The Project would require construction of one new traction power substation in the Hesperia area. The
maintenance facility that was evaluated with the Brightline West Victor Valley High-Speed Rail (HSR) Passenger
Project would provide the primary maintenance functions, although layover tracks are anticipated at the Rancho
Cucamonga station, which could include light maintenance capability, such as interior cleaning and daily
inspection.


Trains are expected to operate daily on 45-minute headways between Victor Valley and Rancho Cucamonga. The
trip between Victor Valley and Rancho Cucamonga would be approximately 35 minutes. Service would be
coordinated with existing and planned Metrolink service at the Rancho Cucamonga station to provide a
convenient connection between the HSR and commuter rail systems.


The Project would be constructed and operated under a lease agreement with the California Department of
Transportation for the use of the 1-15 ROW and the station at Hesperia. As necessary, Brightline West would
secure additional agreements for ROW use, design and construction oversight and reimbursement, and
operations and maintenance.

Permitting Timetable

The permitting timetable below displays data as reported by agencies. Dates for Environmental Review and Permitting processes (Actions) that are in 'Paused' or 'Planned' status are subject to change and are not indicative of a project's final schedule.

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Overall Project Timetable
 
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Planned

Action Information

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