Rancho Cucamonga and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority have approved the sale of property, owned by both entities, that will be home to the Inland Empire’s first high-speed rail station.
Brightline West, a privately owned intercity rail service in Miami, will develop Cucamonga Station on the five-acre site at the northwest corner of Milliken Avenue and Azusa Court in Rancho Cucamonga, according to a statement released last week.
Cost of the land purchase was not disclosed.
When completed, the project will connect Rancho Cucamonga and the west end of the Inland Empire to the High Desert and Las Vegas.
Construction is expected to start in 2026 or 2027 and take three to four years to complete. The project will create nearly 11,000 construction jobs, and generate more than $5 billion in construction spending in San Bernardino County during construction, according to the statement.
“This agreement is a culmination of several years of working together with our partners and is a key milestone to bring high-speed rail to the Inland Empire,” said John Gillison, City Manager for the City of Rancho Cucamonga in the statement
Brightline operates rail service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach in Florida, and is scheduled to finish construction of a rail project to the Orlando International Airport by the end of 2022, according to the statement.
congratulations on another milestone in a project that will be a “true Game Changer” for the Inland Empire but most importantly the Mojave River Valley”