• Virgin (XpressWest/DesertXpress) Las Vegas - Victorville - Los Angeles

  • This is a forum for all operations, both current and planned, of Virgin Rail USA formerly known as Brightline, and Virgin Worldwide Rail operations, past and present.
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This is a forum for all operations, both current and planned, of Virgin Rail USA formerly known as Brightline, and Virgin Worldwide Rail operations, past and present.
Websites: Current Brightline
Virgin USA
Virgin UK

Moderator: CRail

  by STrRedWolf
Looks like they're in line to secure funding and get to build soon:

https://www.latimes.com/california/stor ... ter-delays
But in recent weeks, a more concrete proposal by Florida-based XpressWest for Las Vegas train service has quietly advanced. The privately-held firm has taken key steps to secure private debt funding under bond programs operated by California, Nevada and the federal government.

If the chips fall the right way, the $4.8-billion project should have full funding for a 170-mile line along Interstate 15 and start construction later this year with trains running by 2023, the company told The Times.
  by Jeff Smith
Brief, fair-use quote per site policy:
Amid the broad economic slowdown triggered by the coronavirus, California has approved a $600 million private activity bond allocation for construction of the $5 billion Virgin Trains-Brightline railway that within four years could be whisking passengers from Las Vegas to a (distant) Los Angeles suburb at speeds of up to 200 miles an hour.

Approved unanimously in Sacramento on Tuesday by a committee overseen by California Treasurer Fiona Ma, Virgin Trains-Brightline can sell up to four times the allocation amount, raising as much as $2.4 billion for the project. The company, which operates the Brightline rail service in South Florida, is also awaiting word on a $200 million private activity bond allocation from Nevada that would raise an additional $800 million. The U.S. Department of Transportation last month provisionally awarded the project $1 billion of private activity bonds, raising potential funding for the 180-mile-long project to $4.2 billion. That’s just $800 million shy of the railway’s $5 billion construction tab.
Um, 200mph? I don't remember that....
  by Pensyfan19
Virgin Trains USA said that they would be purchasing a new electric fleet, which they did not specify what they will be using, for this route. So anything is possible at this point. For all we know, it could be a fleet of existing high speed trainsets from China or France which have broke the 200 mph mark. Anything can happen within the next few years. Also keep in note that Texas Central Railway, proposing to use Shinkansen N700 trainsets, is planning to reach speeds up to 200mph as well. Only time will tell.
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  by Jeff Smith
I guess that would be possible; I did know that it was to be electrified. Siemens is certainly capable.
  by Jeff Smith
IIRC the portion from LV to Victorville? is along a highway. There's no way they're getting certified for 200 mph with grade crossings.
  by bdawe
200 mph is an upgrade, as the original plan had been for 150. It's a good thing, I expect, mostly due to trains not being lower-performance than CAHSR trains if run-through service to SF & LA Union Station is eventually achievable
  by Jeff Smith
Maintenance Facility in Apple Valley: VVDailyPress.com
APPLE VALLEY — The recent approval of a tax credit meant to help businesses grow in California will bring local construction of a vehicle maintenance facility for Virgin Trains USA’s high-speed rail line, according to officials involved in the project.

Ben Porritt, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Brightline, said approval of the California Competes Tax Credit will allow XpressWest’s Vehicle Maintenance Facility to be built near the train station that will run from Apple Valley to Las Vegas.

“The VMF is where the company’s high-speed rail trainsets will be maintained, serviced and/or repaired on a daily basis,” Porritt said in a statement. “The VMF will be approximately 200,000 square feet with a working area situated on 60 acres.”
The project is on track to break ground at the end of 2020, Porritt said.
XpressWest is a $5 billion privately funded high-speed rail project estimated to create nearly $3 billion in economic activity for California and generate tax revenue for the state and Apple Valley, according to the statement.

The Virgin Trains station, meanwhile, will be constructed on part of 284 acres near the southeast corner of Dale Evans Parkway and Interstate 15, according to previous Daily Press reports.

The project will include 32 trains daily that will speed along the 180 miles to Las Vegas in about 90 minutes. Each train set is expected to accommodate up to 600 passengers.
Plans in Las Vegas are to construct a two-story train station on 14 of 110 acres owned by Virgin that are located off Las Vegas Boulevard, the Review-Journal reported. That station would feature a seven-story tall parking garage, outdoor drinking and dining options, a self-ticketing area, a departure lobby, retail space, baggage claim and office space.

The final step in the process involves Nevada approving $200 million in bonds from the state’s debt limit allocation, which would allow Virgin to market $800 million in bonds toward the project, according to the Review-Journal.
  by Jeff Smith
https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/tra ... m-2028264/
As plans for a high-speed train between Las Vegas and Southern California push ahead, officials are looking at how to incorporate Allegiant Stadium into the Southern Nevada portion.

During an online symposium Thursday, Virgin Trains spokesman Ben Porritt said the company is working to create Raiders game specific rides much like it does in Florida for the NBA, with trains leaving 30 minutes after the final buzzer.

“We created a train for the Miami Heat called the Buzzer Beater and we rearranged train schedules on game day,” Porritt said. “Those are the type of creative things that we’ll do with the NFL schedule, and certainly if they’re playing a ‘Monday Night Football’ game or an early game on Sunday or a late game on Sunday, we’re going to work that out with the schedule and make sure it works for as many people as needed.”

The $4.8 billion project would establish high-speed rail service between the Victor Valley area and Las Vegas, with trains traveling at speeds up to 200 mph completing the 180-mile trip in approximately 90 minutes. The tracks would run in between the northbound and southbound lanes of I-15 through California, shifting to the east side of the freeway in Nevada.

Work is being done to bridge the transportation gap between when travelers arrive at the planned Las Vegas station — slated to be constructed on Las Vegas Boulevard between Warm Springs and Blue Diamond roads — and the stadium for game and event days.
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