DesertXpress High-Speed Rail Project – Apple Valley to California/Nevada Border Segment


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Transportation, District 8 (DOT)
Document Title
DesertXpress High-Speed Rail Project – Apple Valley to California/Nevada Border Segment
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) has delegated to the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) authority granted under Public Utility Code Section 7551.1 to execute a leasehold agreement with XpressWest, concerning State right-of-way which is not otherwise disposed of or in use, for its proposed privately funded high-speed passenger rail line between Apple Valley, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada, within the existing Interstate 15 alignment to the State line.

Contact Information
Andrew M. Walters
California Department of Transportation
Lead/Public Agency
464 W 4th St
San Bernardino, CA 92401

Phone : (909) 383-2647

California Department of Transportation
Project Applicant


Apple Valley Barstow
San Bernardino
Other Location Info
Between Apple Valley, California and the California-Nevada State Line Within the existing Interstate 15 (I-15) alignment (Post Mile 44.4/186.24).

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
Caltrans’’s action is limited to the execution of a Right of Way Use Agreement with XpressWest. This action to enter into a Right of Way Use Agreement concerning a portion of Interstate 15 rights-of-way for the construction, operation, and maintenance of passenger high-speed rail qualifies as a Statutory Exemption under Public Resources Code section 21080, subdivision (b)(10) as a project for the institution or increase of passenger or commuter services on rail or highway rights-of-way already in use, including modernization of existing stations and parking facilities.


Notice of Exemption
2020060540_Caltrans -XpressWest ROW Lease Agreement   PDF 219 K Caltrans _XpressWest CEQA CE ROW Use Agreement   PDF 220 K

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