Proposed Hesperia Passenger Station for Cajon Pass High Speed Rail System Connecting Hesperia to Rancho Cucamonga – VVNG.com
VICTOR VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) – A proposed 49-mile rail system is expected to connect Hesperia to Rancho Cucamonga at speeds of 140 mph via Cajon Pass, according to the environmental assessment document released by the Federal Railroad Administration this week.
DesertXpress Enterprises, LLC (dba “Brightline West”) is proposing to construct and operate the Cajon Pass high-speed rail project, with the previously announced Victor Valley station to be constructed as a separate project that has been evaluated in DesertXpress Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS final; FRA 2011).
Upon completion, Brightline West will connect the 260 miles between Nevada and Southern California, using high-speed electric trains powered by an overhead catenary wire system.
The future passenger station in Hesperia will be built at the I-15/Joshua Street interchange and will provide limited service for select weekday train coaches southbound AM and northbound PM.
To accommodate the rail alignment, the existing US-395 North Connector and existing Joshua Street Bridge will be replaced within the existing right-of-way. The Joshua Street Bridge will be rebuilt at a higher elevation, which will require raising the I-15 and Mariposa Road ramps.
As part of the project design, the northbound on-ramp to Joshua Street will be realigned closer to the freeway, and a station parking area will be added to the north side of Joshua Street with accessible parking at the location of existing northbound ramp intersection, closest to Pilot gas station, accommodating 360 vehicles, including bus drop-off areas.
The proposed rail alignment will connect to the proposed DesertXpress alignment approximately one mile south of Victor Valley Station in Apple Valley. From this point, the alignment will continue south into the I-15 median, requiring several modifications to accommodate the project.
Trains are expected to run daily on 45-minute trips between Victor Valley and Rancho Cucamonga. The drive between Victor Valley and Rancho Cucamonga would be approximately 35 minutes.
The proposed Rancho Cucamonga station will have a Metrolink connection to Los Angeles, meeting the projected demand for the estimated 49.1 million one-way trips between Las Vegas and Southern California in 2025.
Brightline was first conceived in 2014 with its first high-speed train in service in 2018, initially connecting Miami to West Palm Beach, and has only expanded operations to other connecting areas.
“The elevated train experience that residents and tourists have come to expect (and love) in South Florida will also be offered along this route, including but not limited to: Free onboard Wi-Fi, full ADA accessibility from the station to the train, a wide selection of food and beverages, checked baggage, and hotel check-in services,” according to Brightline.
Connections to Metrolink and the planned future connection to California High Speed Rail in Palmdale are also listed in the company’s future plans.
With the release of the recent Draft Federal Environmental Document Required Prior to Construction, the company hopes to begin construction on its West Coast projects in 2026, with the goal of using private and public funds to fund the project.