USDOT awards over $6 billion to Brightline West and CHSRA in California

USDOT awards over $6 billion to Brightline West and CHSRA in California Image credit: CHSRA

The Biden administration has approved a total $6 billion in grants to fund the development of two high-speed rail projects, Brightline West and California High Speed Rail. Each project will receive more than $3 billion in new funding form the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Brightline West will connect Las Vegas to Southern California. The funding will help Brightline West complete its 218-mile system to connect Las Vegas with Southern California in time for the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028. 

The 171-mile California High Speed Rail route connecting Merced to Bakersfield in Central Valley is expected to be up and running between 2030 and 2033 and will be the world’s first solar-powered high-speed rail line, with solar panels and battery storage facilities sited along the route.

California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) will use the grant to fund six electric trains for testing and use; design of train facilities; design and construction of the Fresno station; final design and early works, including right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation on the extensions to Merced to Bakersfield; and construction in the Central Valley.

This most recent award received from the Biden-Harris administration was made possible through the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Program.

Source: CHSRA