“This Memorandum of Understanding marks a critical milestone in our goal to connect the Los Angeles metropolitan area with the iconic entertainment destination of Las Vegas,” said Mike Reininger, CEO of Brightline Holdings. “This system will provide an optimal travel solution between Southern California and Las Vegas, and opens up the reality of emission-free, hospitality-focused high-speed rail service to millions of people traveling between these destinations every year.”
Press Release – October 20, 2021 —The California’s Intercity Rail Corridors Linking Everyone (CIRCLE) coalition will seek to educate federal lawmakers and intercity rail stakeholders on California’s growing intercity passenger system
Washington, DC – Today, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency, and the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA) announced the formation of California’s Intercity Rail Corridors Linking Everyone (CIRCLE), an advocacy coalition. The coalition will seek to educate federal policymakers on the unique nature of Amtrak state-supported services, raise awareness of California’s growing passenger rail system and proposed capital investments, and build stronger relationships with national intercity rail stakeholders.
Trains.com, October 14, 2021
Funds will restore 16 miles of track to reach the town of McGill and add a turntable there.
Forbes, Sept 29, 2021
Brightline, the only private passenger rail operator in the U.S., expects to break ground on its high-speed electric train connecting Los Angeles to Las Vegas in early 2022, after the project was stalled last year by the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to connect it to an existing L.A.-region commuter line.
Kevin Smith, Railway Age, Sept 14, 2021
50 years since Amtrak was founded, the United States’ federally owned passenger operator is arguably at the most exciting juncture in its history. William Flynn, Amtrak President and CEO, presented the company’s ambitious plans for growth and development to International Railway Journal Editor-in-Chief Kevin Smith.
AJOT, Sept 9, 2021
Martin Oberman, chair of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), charged U.S. railroads with reducing service, raising freight rates, shifting more truckloads onto highways, contributing to global warming while deriving $191 billion in dividends and stock buybacks since 2010. According to STB data, Oberman explained “Since 2010, the seven Class 1 railroads have spent $138 billion on capital. Most of this is spent on the regular upkeep of the railroads which is essential. Relatively little has been spent on infrastructure needed to expand service and improve service.
Matt Parker, Railway Age, July 26, 2021
Union Pacific’s rail corridor across Northern Nevada is presently in a state of shambles not experienced in recent memory, if ever. Trains are being parked out on line for extended periods. Local and yard assignments are being delayed or annulled. The primary reason? Lack of manpower.