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Brightline West - Las Vegas to Victor Valley (formally XpressWest)

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is the lead federal agency for the environmental review of the DesertXpress High-Speed Passenger Train project, which was rebranded as the XpressWest project in 2012, and rebranded again in 2022 as the Brightline West – Las Vegas to Victor Valley Project. The Las Vegas to Victor Valley project is proposed by the project sponsor, Brightline West, to provide reliable and safe passenger rail transportation along an approximate 200-mile corridor between Southern California (Victorville) and Las Vegas, Nevada, as an alternative to automobile or air travel.

The project would use proven high-speed rail technology and be constructed as a grade-separated, dedicated passenger-only railroad predominantly in the median of or immediately alongside Interstate 15 (I-15), adding transportation capacity to the freeway corridor.

FRA, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Surface Transportation Board (STB), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the National Park Service (NPS), prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in March 2009, a Supplemental DEIS in August 2010, a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) in March 2011, and a Record of Decision (ROD) in July 2011. FRA most recently completed reevaluations of the FEIS and ROD in September 2020 and September 2023.

FRA Points of Contact

FRA NEPA Contact: 

Matthew Mielke, Project Manager
Office of Regional Outreach & Project Delivery
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
West Building, Mail Stop 20
Washington, DC 20590
matthew.mielke@dot.gov 

Media Queries Contact:

Phone: 202-493-6024
Email: FRAPA@dot.gov