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Using the very latest advances in high speed rail technology already in use around the world, the XpressWest system uses energy-efficient, highly reliable, self-propelled, all electric multiple unit (EMU) trains. XpressWest employs state-of-the-art high speed rail technology for all aspects of the system, including the trains themselves, the train control and communications systems, and the electrification system.

Elegant in both form and function, XpressWest will transport riders in style and comfort. Complete with concierge services, baggage service and hotel check-in, the world-class customer experience will begin at the Victorville station. Alleviating the aggravation of gridlock on the I-15, without the typical hassles of long security lines and erratic timetables of air travel, XpressWest offers a fast, convenient way to travel. Trains will run every 20 minutes on peak and up to every 12 minutes as demand requires.

XpressWest will also promote new U.S. technology and manufacturing of high speed rail vehicles and systems. Currently, in the absence of a U.S. high speed rail network, there is little or no onshore high speed rail vehicle manufacturing capability. XW, and applicable governmental agencies, will need to carefully evaluate cost implications and feasibility of onshore manufacture as well as the net Project benefits realized from onshore vehicle procurement. XW, intends to incentivize to the highest degree feasible development of the U.S. industrial base through means such as technology transfer, and domestic sourcing and content.

American Manufacturing

XpressWest will require the acquisition of approximately twenty (20) electric multiple unit train sets (each consisting of 8 cars).  Eight (8) additional train sets (each consisting of 8 cars) will be purchased to satisfy demand and to increase fleet size for operational purposes after the fifth year of operation.  Finally, XpressWest expects fourteen (14) additional train sets will be required for the Victorville — Palmdale — Los Angeles extension.  This expectation does not presently consider the potential needs required after the California High Speed Rail project connects with XpressWest at the Palmdale station.  The total estimate of the XpressWest rolling stock demand is approximately forty-two (42) train sets.

The United States rolling stock manufacturing base for high-speed trains, however, is not yet mature.  This presents a significant challenge for XpressWest because it expects to submit its order for the first 20 train sets in the beginning months of its 5-year implementation schedule.  Therefore, XpressWest understands there will be challenges associated with  purchasing rolling stock that complies with Federal Buy America requirements, which technically do not apply to the purchase of rolling stock for the XpressWest project.   XpressWest, in its capacity as a private project, has elected to utilize a “Manufacture in America”  approach to purchasing its trains. 

To satisfy its Manufacture in America standard, XpressWest has requested that its rolling stock suppliers create Domestic Content Improvement Plans (DCIP).  XpressWest expects its Rolling Stock Suppliers to propose plans to develop a domestic supply base for rolling stock components.  The stated goal of the DCIP is to increase the number of U.S.-made components and subcomponents so that the percentage of U.S. content will increase over the rolling stock supply timeline.  XpressWest’s selected Rolling Stock Supplier will be bound by the assertions made in its Final Proposal regarding U.S. content.

The DCIP will focus on the certifications and address components for which waivers are requested, if any.  At a minimum, the plan should:

  • Identify system components initially manufactured overseas that are subject to change to domestic suppliers;
  • Assess how Rolling Stock Supplier will deal with intellectual property and safety certification(s) and/or licensing requirements;
  • Include a capital investment plan that shows how a domestic supply base will be created; and
  • Include a credible time-frame showing change to domestic suppliers.

XpressWest expects its Rolling Stock Supplier to assemble its train sets in the United States at a facility capable of being converted to a full-scale manufacturing facility over time. 

It should also be noted that XpressWest’s priority is to purchase rolling stock that can demonstrate a significant service, warranty, and safety history.  New manufacturing approaches, based upon varying content, may compromise the dependability of the rolling stock.  Should this occur, XpressWest will work with Rolling Stock Suppliers to determine an approach to procurement that does not detrimentally impact the integrity of the trains themselves.
In addition to maximizing the amount of U.S. content on the trains, our goal is to perform all assembly at a facility located in Southern Nevada.

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