Published December 8, 2023, by Antelope Valley Press.
The Federal Railroad Administration announced a $500,000 grant award Thursday from the Corridor Identification and Development Program to the High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Agency.
The grant award allocation will support the High Desert Corridor Intercity High-Speed Rail Corridor Project between Palmdale and the Victor Valley for scope development, schedule, and cost estimates for preparing, completing or documenting its service development plan.
The 54-mile project between the two high desert communities will provide access to housing, jobs, entertainment, and cultural opportunities across Southern California while reducing freeway congestion to areas that have been historically underserved. Eventually, the corridor will connect Southern California to Northern California via the California High Speed Rail Project while connecting to the Brightline West project to Las Vegas. The corridor could provide a one seat ride between Los Angeles County and Las Vegas.