The Virgin Train, the country’s first high-speed bullet train of its kind that will connect passengers between Nevada and Victorville, California by 2023, recently submitted documents to Clark Country for the train terminal’s proposed location.
The proposal is requesting almost 160,000 square feet for the train station with a terminal location south of Las Vegas Blvd., near Blue Diamond Road, across from the Las Vegas South Premium Outlets.
The terminal’s south-end location would make it easier to host large groups of transient passengers, as it’s a more open area of the city, but still close enough to get to the Las Vegas Strip. The Las Vegas South Premium Outlets are a little over four miles away from the Mandalay Bay Resort, the Strip’s ending casino.
Train Station Details
In details provided in the proposal, the train station will feature two stories and a basement, with a total height of 60 feet. In conjunction will be a seven-story parking garage, holding up to 2,700 spaces.
The station will include two entrances from Eldorado Lane. A bus drop-off area will also be accounted for and made available, and space for taxis and ride-share vehicles to get passengers to-and-from the station with ease.
Plans to start construction on the new labor-intensive bullet train project is set to begin during the second half of the year and is expected to take nearly three years to complete. However, delays in bonds to help fund the $4.8 billion project could delay the break of the groundwork this year.
About Virgin Trains
With their headquarters in London and Birmingham, Virgin Trains has been a high-speed transportation provider on the West Coast Main Line tracks for over 20 years, first born in 1997. They have a fleet of over 70 Pendolino and Super Voyagers trains in the UK. From their website:
Running up to a vision-blurring 125mph with free onboard entertainment, a proper walk-in shop and comfy seats; we make journeys memorable. We go out of our way to make every second spent with us completely awesome. And, if we can have a good time while doing it, we believe we’ll do a better job. Plus it’s more fun.
They have stations in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Lake District, York, and Sleeper.
Virgin Trains USA
The Brightline rail service partnered with recently introduced Virgin Trains USA to build privately-funded passenger rail systems in locations in the US. Last year, they launched their first service in Florida between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with future plans to expand into Orlando and Tampa.
The Las Vegas – Southern California connecting rail system is the latest exciting project they’ve revealed and plan to start working on within the year.