Rosen, Cortez Masto Applaud Additional $2.5 Billion in Federal Support For Las Vegas High-Speed Rail

In December, Senators Announced They Secured $3 Billion For Brightline

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation announcement of $2.5 billion in private activity bonds for Brightline West’s high-speed rail system in Las Vegas. In December, Senators Rosen and Cortez Masto announced $3 billion in grant funding they secured for this project, which will bolster tourism, create 35,000 good-paying jobs, ease traffic on the I-15, and is projected to cut more than 400,000 tons of carbon pollution each year.

“Brightline West will boost Nevada’s tourism economy and create thousands of good-paying jobs, all while reducing traffic and emissions,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m proud to announce additional sources of funding for the project today, and will keep pushing to ensure it has the federal support it needs to make high-speed rail in Las Vegas a reality.”

“We’ve been talking about bringing high speed rail to connect Las Vegas and Southern California for decades, and now we’re getting it done,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “This funding opportunity will help launch the next phase of the Brightline West project by supporting construction and creating thousands of good-paying jobs. I’ve been a champion of fast, sustainable transportation for years, and I’ll continue working to make sure local workers and tourists alike can benefit from these investments.”

Senators Rosen and Cortez Masto have been fighting to deliver funding for this project. Last year, Senator Rosen sent a letter urging DOT to stand ready to receive the Nevada Department of Transportation’s application for funding to build Brightline West. After this application was submitted, Senators Rosen and Cortez Masto led a bipartisan group of colleagues in voicing their strong support of the project.