High-speed trains are finally coming to the US

Brightline Trains has high hopes of bringing high-speed rail travel to America. Full Credit: Courtesy of Brightline/Virgin Trains

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The State of Nevada Board of Finance on Friday approved the issuance of up to $950 million in industrial development revenue bonds to assist in construction of the high-speed rail project.

According to a news release, the 170-mile high-speed rail project will connect Las Vegas to Victorville, California.

The state says it will allocate $200 million of its existing private activity bond volume cap, while an additional $750 million will be leveraged from the federal government.

No taxpayer dollars will be used to finance the project, the state said in the release. The issuance of these bonds will not impact the state's ability to finance future projects.

According to the state, bond proceeds will be used to support the construction and maintenance of the rail system for approximately 35 miles adjacent to the Interstate 15 corridor on the Nevada-California border, along with necessary infrastructure improvements in Southern Nevada.

The project is being undertaken by DesertXpress Enterprises and construction is scheduled to begin later this year.

The project will result in 10,000 construction jobs and 350 permanent jobs in Nevada, the state said. The total economic impact for Nevada will be roughly $2 billion with $325 million in new tax revenue, the release said.

According to the release, upon completion in 2023, it's estimated that the rail system will remove 3,000,000 passenger vehicles from roadways annually, reducing carbon emissions by 100,000 tons per year.

Officials with the high-speed rail have said that electric and zero emission trains will reach top speeds of 200 miles per hour, transporting passengers between destinations in 85 minutes.

"This project is a long time coming to Nevada and I'm pleased to take this step forward to bring this vision to reality and bring additional jobs to our State," said Gov. Steve Sisolak. "This plan creates jobs without using taxpayer dollars and without impacting our State's ability to finance future projects, and will allow a new, convenient mode of transportation between Nevada and California.”

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(6) comments

ocean

Why waste the money? Las Vegas is being destroyed before our very eyes. Mass bankruptcies are coming of all the casinos and small busienss in the next few months. Its over due to election year politics with the Democrats fake pandemic

qwerty123

This project is a good idea, for the last 80 years we have drastically underinvested in a railways and this is the perfect time to begin one of these projects. In times of economic hardship investing in large public works decreases the unemployment rate and stimulates economic growth. New Deal programs built the infrastructure of our state and helped lead to decades of rapid economic growth.

Fedup444

It's no wonder we can't pay out unemployment when they are wasting money at a time like this. This definitely Should be on the back burner until we can get back to normal. Everyone who approved this right now should be removed from office. Ridiculous and stupid.

Nevermore

Well heck! Don't we all want to get to Victorville faster! Another steal the taxpayers money scheme.

Starmc26

You don't read very well, do you?.... "No tax payer money will be used".

Mediumjeep

Another loser project! Waste of money!

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