The delayed plans for a SoCal high-speed train appear to be getting back on track.
Brightline, the company behind the 170-mile Las Vegas-to-Los Angeles route, could begin construction of its high-speed train early 2023. Forbes reports that U.S. regulators are set to start reviewing an extension that would connect the train to a Los Angeles suburb.
Originally anticipated to start construction in 2020, COVID delays and regulatory approvals continued to push the start date back.
The new review focuses on a 49-mile section of track planned in California’s Cajon Pass. This section would then connect to the previously approved 216-mile portion from Victor Valley to Las Vegas, thus making it a full L.A.-to-Las Vegas experience.
Forbes reports that the assessment could be completed by November, allowing Brightline to begin construction in early 2023.
The new timeline calls for the rails to be in service in 2026.