The XpressWest Station


Working collaboratively with all levels government, including the FRA, the Surface Transportation Board (STB), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), Caltrans, and various other government agencies and local elected officials. XpressWest is committed to delivering a project that is a model of sound environmental planning.

The Project has advanced in all categories, including:  regulatory, design, environmental, business approach, ridership analysis, and its relationships with industry.  XpressWest will be designed and constructed on time and on budget by the Country’s leading contractors under fixed-price contracts.  Remaining pre-development activities are currently being finalized including working with the FRA to process the RRIF Loan Application and selecting remaining implementation partners for final design and construction.  DXE has continued to achieve milestones necessary to implement the Project.  Examples of major milestones are provided below:

  1. February 2, 2005, DXE executed an Agreement with the FRA and Surface Transportation Board (STB) to commence the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.
  2. July 14, 2006, the FRA issued its Notice of Intent to Prepare the EIS with the following cooperating agencies:  STB, Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”), Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”), and the National Park Service (“NPS”).
  3. June 27, 2007, the STB issued a decision confirming its regulatory jurisdiction over the Project.
  4. July 2, 2009, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the extension of the federally designated California HSR corridor to include Las Vegas, Nevada.
  5. May 6, 2010, DXE submitted a petition to FRA requesting waivers of compliance from certain provisions of Title 40 of CFR 229, 231, and 238.
  6. May 13, 2010, the Counties of Los Angeles and San Bernardino together with the cities of Victorville, Palmdale, Lancaster, Adelanto and Town of Apple Valley acting through the High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority (HDCJPA) unanimously adopt a resolution of support for XpressWest connectivity from Palmdale through Victorville to Las Vegas.
  7. October 6, 2010, Dr. Thomas Carroll, professor of economics at UNLV, published an economic impact report for the XpressWest.
  8. December 17, 2010, the FRA accepted DXE’s initial RRIF Loan Application.
  9. December 29, 2010, Caltrans executed a formal Agreement to provide right-of-way for the XpressWest.
  10. January 28, 2011, FRA posted a “notice of intent to issue a competitive solicitation” for financial assessment services to evaluate DXE’s RRIF Loan Application.
  11. February 8, 2011, the Project’s Highway Interface Manual was published with concurrence from FRA, FHWA, Caltrans, and NDOT. 
  12. February 15, 2011, DXE, FRA, FHWA, STB, BLM, the NPS, the California and Nevada State Historic Preservation Officers executed the Project Programmatic Agreement.
  13. March 25, 2011, the FRA conditionally approved DXE’s May 6, 2010 waiver petition.
  14. April 1, 2011, the FRA released the final EIS for the XpressWest.
  15. April 20, 2011, Steer Davies Gleave completed an Investment Grade Ridership and Revenue Study.
  16. April 26, 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued the final Biological Opinion and incidental take permit.
  17. On July 8, 2011, the FRA issued its Record of Decision.
  18. On July 28, 2011, DXE submitted to STB a Petition for Authority to Construct and Operate XpressWest as an interstate railroad. 
  19. October 2011, FRA retained its IFA to review DXE’s RRIF Loan Application. 
  20. October 2011, the Bureau of Land Management issued its Record of Decision. 
  21. On October 25, 2011, the Surface Transportation Board issued its decision granting XpressWest the authority to construct and operate the railroad.  Accordingly, XpressWest is now a federally recognized railroad company.
  22. On November 18, 2011, the Federal Highway Administration issued its Record of Decision.
  23. December 19, 2011, DXE secured a majority of the public land necessary for the Project through executing a lease agreement with the Bureau of Land Management.
  24. November 1, 2011: 404 permits for the State of Nevada issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento Division.
  25. February, 2012: Steer Davies Gleave completed update to Investment Grade Ridership Study.
  26. February, 2012: DXE submits supplemental RRIF application material to address all data requests from FRA and its independent financial advisor.
  27. June 7, 2012 - DesertXpress Enterprises lays groundwork with incoming LACMTA Board Chairman Michael Antonovich to define development of high-speed rail service from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.
  28. July 26, 2012: The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board unanimously adopts a resolution to support the XpressWest RRIF loan application.
  29. September 12, 2012: The US Army Corps of Engineers issued Clean Water Act Section 404 permits authorizing discharge of permanent fill material and temporarily placed dredged and fill material into waters of the U.S. associated with constructing a new high-speed train and appurtenant parking and operations facilities.


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