Exciting news! Brightline West’s high-speed rail project — which will have stations in Apple Valley (above) and Hesperia — will receive another $2.5 billion in private activity bonds.

The announcement was authorized by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on Tuesday, providing more momentum for the project, which is expected to break ground this year. The remaining funding will be paid by debt and private capital.

“Connecting Las Vegas and Southern California will provide widespread public benefits to both states, jump-starting a new level of economic competitiveness for the region,” said Wes Edens, Brightline Founder and Chairman. “We appreciate the confidence placed in us by DOT and are ready to get to work.”

Brightline West plans to partner with educational institutions on pre-apprenticeship programs, and 35,000 jobs will be created during construction. The opening date is targeted for July 2028, when Brightline expects to fill 1,000 permanent positions.

Our County is excited to see this project come to fruition. Not only will it create thousands of jobs and increase real estate values in the First District, but it will also alleviate heavy traffic along the I-15 corridor.  To learn more about the project’s progress, visit BrightlineWest.com