LAS VEGAS, NV – This week, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation urging them to stand ready to receive and review the Nevada Department of Transportation’s application for the Federal Railroad Administration’s Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Grant Program to construct a high-speed rail system between Las Vegas and Southern California. Brightline West projects that its proposed high-speed rail project will remove 3 million cars from Interstate-15 annually, reducing more than 400,000 tons of carbon emissions each year, and creating 35,000 good-paying jobs.
Reporter: “In a letter to the Department of Transportation, Senator Rosen says to stand by for a review of an application to build that line. It’s well-known as the Brightline West Project, there’s been some others over the years. But Rosen says this project will not only connect Las Vegas to California, but it will also bring a lot of jobs.”
Rosen: “We are ready to do this. This project needs to happen. It’s critical infrastructure. It’ll be one of the first few high-speed rail in in the country. And it will really have a huge, billions of dollars of economic impact, bringing tens of thousands of jobs to Southern Nevada – union jobs, and really just increasing year after year the tourist experience and the tourist dollars that we have in Nevada.”
Reporter: “Rosen has been a supporter of the Brightline proposal emphasizing its potential to bring tourism and jobs to the Las Vegas area.”
Rosen: “This is going to have such an economic impact. It’s going to bring tens of thousands of jobs to the Las Vegas valley. It’s going to have billions of dollars of economic input over the years.”
Reportera: “La Senadora Jacky Rosen apoya la solicitud del Departamento de Transportes para ayudar a construir el tren bala de Brightline West entre el sur de California y Las Vegas. Rosen envió una carta al Secretario de Transporte, Pete Buttigieg, pidiendo al Departamento de Transporte la recepción de una solicitud de subvención para que pueda continuar la construcción de este proyecto.”
Reporter: “This week Senator Jacky Rosen sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation asking them to be ready for an application asking for money to support this project. NDoT is not directly involved in the project but it did give the right of way for this potential project. From your perspective and from NDoT’s perspective what could be the impact of that line from southern California to Las Vegas”
Jeff Lerud, Deputy Director of Operations and Maintenance at Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT): “The impact of a high-speed rail or low-speed rail coming through there would just help tremendously.”