The XpressWest Station


Working collaboratively with all levels of government and private sector partners, XpressWest has achieved a number of key milestones since inception.

  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 2010, High Desert Corridor EIS scoping meetings include potential reservation of right of way for a high speed rail component to the High Desert Corridor
  9. December 17, 2010, the FRA accepted DXE’s initial RRIF Loan Application.
  10. December 29, 2010, Caltrans executed a formal Agreement to provide right-of-way for the XpressWest.
  11. 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.
  12. February 8, 2011, the Project’s Highway Interface Manual was published with concurrence from FRA, FHWA, Caltrans, and NDOT. 
  13. February 15, 2011, DXE, FRA, FHWA, STB, BLM, the NPS, the California and Nevada State Historic Preservation Officers executed the Project Programmatic Agreement.
  14. March 25, 2011, the FRA conditionally approved DXE’s May 6, 2010 waiver petition.
  15. April 1, 2011, the FRA released the final EIS for the XpressWest.
  16. April 20, 2011, Steer Davies Gleave completed an Investment Grade Ridership and Revenue Study.
  17. April 26, 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued the final Biological Opinion and incidental take permit.
  18. April 28, 2011, LAMETRO Board adopts resolution authorizing the Antelope Valley Line Infrastructure Improvement Strategic Plan to determine what is necessary to reduce travel times between LAUS and Palmdale to under 1 hour and to identify improvements necessary to facilitate High Speed Rail operation among other tasks.
  19. June 6, 2011, High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority adopts resolution supporting a north-south alignment of the CAHSR project that includes a station stop in Palmdale citing the need for integration with XpressWest and Metrolink.
  20. June 6, 2011, High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority adopts resolution supporting XpressWest’s efforts to obtain federal authority and loan financing.
  21. June 16, 2011, Letter from Harry Reid to Governor Brown regarding Palmdale and connectivity.
  22. On July 8, 2011, the FRA issued its Record of Decision.
  23. On July 28, 2011, DXE submitted to STB a Petition for Authority to Construct and Operate XpressWest as an interstate railroad. 
  24. October 2011, FRA retained its IFA to review DXE’s RRIF Loan Application. 
  25. October 2011, the Bureau of Land Management issued its Record of Decision. 
  26. 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.
  27. On November 18, 2011, the Federal Highway Administration issued its Record of Decision.
  28. 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.
  29. November 1, 2011, 404 permits for the State of Nevada issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento Division.
  30. February 2012, Steer Davies Gleave completed update to Investment Grade Ridership Study.
  31. February 2012, DXE submits supplemental RRIF application material to address all data requests from FRA and its independent financial advisor.
  32. March 22, 2012, LAMETRO Board adopts resolution to include high speed rail project in the High Desert Corridor
  33. April 2012, The Southern California Association of Governments adopts the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan including DesertXpress between Las Vegas and Palmdale as a Strategic Plan Project.
  34. 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.
  35. July 26, 2012, The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board unanimously adopts a resolution to support the XpressWest RRIF loan application.
  36. 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.
  37. July 24, 2014, California High Speed Rail Authority issued a Notice of Intent to prepare a NEPA document to environmentally clear its High Speed Rail segment between Palmdale and Burbank.
  38. September 2014, The Federal Railroad Administration released the Southwest Multi-State rail planning study identifying the Las Vegas Southern California corridor as a top performing corridor in the network that shows strong demand as a stand-alone corridor and also enables significant increases in ridership on the other corridors in the network.
  39. September 2014, Caltrans and the High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority issue Tthe High Desert Corridor Draft EIS including High Speed Rail between Victorville and Palmdale.
  40. October 7, 2014, Mayor Garcetti sends letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx indicating his support for the P3 development of the High Desert Corridor as a candidate project for the Administration's Build America Transportation Investment Center.
  41. June, 2015, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signs law creating the Nevada High Speed Rail Authority with the mission to support implementation of high speed rail between Las Vegas and Southern California.
  42. September 17, 2015, China Railway International USA CO., LTD. and XpressWest announce agreement to form a joint venture that will accelerate the launch of the XpressWest rail project connecting Las Vegas, Nevada to Los Angeles, California.

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