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Joe Raedle - Construction to begin on bullet train connecting SoCal to Las Vegas - - Usa - Los Angeles - state California - state Florida - county Palm Beach - city Los Angeles - county Miami
Construction to begin on bullet train connecting SoCal to Las Vegas
LOS ANGELES - A high-speed bullet train connecting Southern California to Las Vegas is one step closer to reality after a landmark deal was inked with several craft rail unions that will enable construction for the historic project to begin this year. Brightline, which is reportedly the only private rail company in the U.S., is on track to connect Las Vegas to Los Angeles with a new 218-mile rail system linking stations at the Las Vegas Strip, Apple Valley, Hesperia, and Rancho Cucamonga within the I-15 right-of-way with trains capable of speeds of 200 mph.The company recently announced the memorandum with the High Speed Rail Labor Coalition, which includes 13 rail unions representing more than 160,000 freight, regional, commuter and passenger railroad workers.Construction on a highly anticipated bullet train from LA to Las Vegas is slated to begin later this yearPREVIOUS COVERAGE: US infrastructure plan spurs talk of Vegas-LA rail service"The MOU demonstrates the support of union labor in the development of the Brightline West system and Brightline West’s commitment to providing the safest possible rail operations and high-quality working conditions for its employees," the company said in a statement.The Brightline train is seen at the new MiamiCentral terminal during the inaugural trip from Miami to West Palm Beach on May 11, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) According to Brightline, the expected travel time between Las Vegas and Los Angeles is approximately 2.5 hours.
Joe Raedle - SpaceX clears FAA environmental hurdle, moves closer to routine launches of Starship rocket from Texas - - state Texas - Mexico - county Gulf
SpaceX clears FAA environmental hurdle, moves closer to routine launches of Starship rocket from Texas
private space company headed by Elon Musk would have to take more than 75 actions to mitigate environmental impacts from the proposed plan to launch the Starship/Super Heavy vehicle from Boca Chica, Texas. Those measures would include actions to address impacts to fish, wildlife and plants in and around the site near the Gulf of Mexico. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits on launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center as it is prepared for life-off (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) The environmental review is only one step in the FAA's approval process, the agency said. ELON MUSK SAYS HE DOESN'T USE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS; SPACEX PRESIDENT DEFENDS HIM OVER SEXUAL ASSAULT CLAIM"SpaceX also must meet FAA safety, risk, and financial responsibility requirements before a license is issued for any launch activities," it said in a press release. Some of the measures SpaceX would have to take include adjusting lighting at the launch site, removing debris from sensitive habitats, notifying nearby communities in advance about potential engine noise and sonic booms resulting from launches and monitoring by a qualified biologist.SpaceX has previously said it would use the Starship for its most ambitious missions, including a potential trip to Mars. In February, Musk said the rocket could reach orbits for less than $10 million per flight within two or three years, a fraction of the traditional cost to launch rockets into space.CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSFox News has reached out to the company. Find more updates on this story on