New Details Emerge About Massive Rail Project Between Los Angeles and Las Vegas

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Robison Wells
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A new website has launched for a new public high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, with details emerging about the line's construction, known as Brightline West.

The new website indicates that the construction breaks down into six segments, three in California and three in Nevada. The first of these segments, a 39 mile stretch originating in Southern California, will begin construction in Winter 2020. This will be the most challenging part of the route as it deals with the city and has right-of-way issues. The middle and north segments, 45 miles and 51 miles each will begin construction during the spring of 2021.

The Nevada segments are significantly shorter, with the first being 21 miles, followed by the second at  6 miles and the third at 7 miles. These are all expected to be underway in the spring of 2021.

It is estimated that the project will create 40,000 temporary jobs and later 1000 permanent jobs and will generate an income nearing $9 billion. The bonds' size remains the final puzzle piece: it was asked that the project receive $3.2 billion, but that number has been cut to $2.4 billion.

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