High Speed Passenger Train (DesertXpress) Extending from Victorville, California to Las Vegas, Nevada

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 6 (Lahontan)
Document Title
High Speed Passenger Train (DesertXpress) Extending from Victorville, California to Las Vegas, Nevada
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Document Description
DesertXpress Enterprises, LLC (the project Applicant) proposes to construct and operate a privately financed interstate high-speed passenger train, with a proposed station in Victorville, California and a station in Las Vegas, Nevada, along a 200-mile corridor, within or adjacent to the I-15 freeway for about 170 miles and adjacent to existing railroad lines for about 30 miles. The need for the project is directly related to the rapid increase in travel demand between Southern California and Las Vegas, coupled with the growth in population in the areas surrounding Victorville, Barstow, Primm and Las Vegas, which has resulted in substantial congestion along the I-15 freeway between Victorville and Las Vegas. Ridership is estimated to be 4.1 million round trips in the first full year of service. To accommodate this level of ridership, trains would operate from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm daily, 365 days per year at 20 to 30 minute intervals during peak periods. The project would involve construction of a fully grade-separated dedicated double track passenger-only railroad along an approximately 200-mile corridor, from Victorville, California to Las Vegas, Nevada. Where the railroad alignment would be in within the I-15 corridor, continuous concrete truck barriers, as well as American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association crash barriers at all supporting columns of bridges at freeway interchanges and overpasses would be provided. The project would include the construction of a passenger station in Las Vegas. The proposed Victorville Station would be located along the west side of I-15 between the two existing Stoddard Wells interchanges. The facilities directly associated with the Victorville station would occupy about 60 acres of land, and would have a parking capacity for up to 10,000 automobiles. Access to the Victorville station would be via the two existing Stoddard Wells Road Interchanges. The Maintenance, Storage and Operations facility is proposed to be located in the City of Victorville on a site that lies within the Victorville Valley Economic Development Area. The facility would require approximately 50 acres, and would include a fueling station, train washing facility, repair shop, parts storage and operations center. It is estimated that approximately 400 employees would be based at this facility. The Las Vegas passenger station would be located at one of three possible locations: 1) near the south end of the Las Vegas Strip; 2) in the center section of the Strip; or 3) in downtown Las Vegas. A light maintenance, cleaning, and inspection facility would also be built near the Las Vegas station.

Contact Information

Scott Steinwert
Agency Name
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Bernardino
Cross Streets
Stoddard Wells Road interchange and I-15
Total Acres
State Highways

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board, Transportation Projects, Cal Fire, California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 8 (DOT), California Energy Commission, California Highway Patrol, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Water Resources, Office of Emergency Services, California, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Victorville Region 6 (RWQCB)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Victorville Region 6 (RWQCB)
Development Types
Transportation:Rail (Approximately 200 mi. corridor)
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Population/Housing, Public Services, Transportation, Utilities, Energy

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