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XpressWest will be built on exclusive, new double track over approximately 185 miles between Southern California and Las Vegas. Built primarily within or adjacent to the I-15 freeway, XpressWest will have no at-grade crossings with vehicle or pedestrian traffic.
XpressWest will utilize fully electric, next generation 150 MPH high speed trains that will deliver passengers to Las Vegas in 80 minutes with non-stop service every 20 minutes during peak times and up to every 12 minutes as demand requires
With an average round trip fare of $89, XpressWest will generate enough revenue to pay for its own operating and capital costs.
XpressWest is approved for construction and operation within the I-15 freeway corridor. Through extensive collaboration and coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Caltrans and Nevada DOT, all parties agreed to a Highway Interface Manual (LINK) demonstrating how high speed rail can effectively work within an operating interstate freeway.
On November 18, 2011, the Federal Highway Administration’s Nevada and California Division Administrators executed a joint Record of Decision concluding that:
In December, 2011 XpressWest executed a lease agreement with the Bureau of Land Management for all federal land required for the project comprising a majority of the 180 miles of railroad right-of-way varying from 60 to over 100 feet in width.
Working under an executed Memorandum of Understanding with the State of California, XpressWest is positioned to secure all of the required California state property. XpressWest is working cooperatively with the State of Nevada for right-of-way required in Clark County.
XpressWest strategically selected Victorville, California as the optimal location for the Southern California Station. It is located within a 30 to 45 minute drive of roughly 4-5 million people who live in the Inland Empire, and eastern Los Angeles County, and roughly an hour and a half drive from most of Southern California’s remaining 17-18 million residents.6
All east/west freeways serving the Southern California basin merge with the I-15 south of Victorville, requiring all drivers originating in Southern California to pass through Victorville en-route to Las Vegas. This makes Victorville the natural collection point for east-bound Southern California travelers.
XpressWest is a Federally approved and licensed high speed passenger railroad. XpressWest will provide a reliable, sustainable, efficient, and safe mobility alternative to driving on the I-15 and link Las Vegas to Southern California. Since 2005, XpressWest has been working with the Federal Railroad Administration, Surface Transportation Board, Bureau of Land Management, Federal Highway Administration, State of Nevada, State of California and other local and state agencies to develop the project. XpressWest will use proven steel wheel-on-rail high speed electric trains to travel on 185 miles of exclusive tracks at a speed of up to 150 mph.
The XpressWest Stations are being designed as world class, state of the art facilities to include the following features:
The Las Vegas Station will be located within the resort corridor and will be a major inter-modal facility with similar transportation services to that of McCarran International Airport, including access to taxis, busses, shuttles, and limousines.
6 U.S. Census data. http://www.census.gov/popest/counties/CO-EST2009-01.html, 2009.
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