California: Brightline to Build High-Speed Rail Station at Cucamonga

Rancho Cucamonga City Council and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) have approved the sale of a five-acre portion of jointly-owned property at Cucamonga Station to Brightline West.

This sale will allow Brightline West to develop the property and build the first high-speed rail station in the Inland Empire, California, connecting Rancho Cucamonga, the High Desert and Las Vegas.

Brightline Cucamonga
A rendering of the Brightline West Cucamonga Station

Brightline currently operates between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in Florida and is set to complete construction to Orlando International Airport by the end of 2022.

City of Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Dennis Michael said:

“The public-private partnership between Rancho Cucamonga, SBCTA, and Brightline West will help transform the region through an exciting multi-modal transportation hub in the heart of the Inland Empire. Cucamonga Station aligns with our City’s quest to anticipate and embrace the future, relentlessly pursue improvement, and promote a safe and healthy community for all.”

Once transformed, Cucamonga Station will serve high-speed rail, the Metrolink San Bernardino Line and Omnitrans Bus Rapid Transit, while also accommodating carpool commuters.

Construction is estimated to take between three and four years, with ongoing operations beginning in 2026.

John Gillison, City Manager for the City of Rancho Cucamonga said:

“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. Cucamonga Station will serve as a global connectivity anchor within the newly branded HART District.”

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