A planned high-speed rail system to connect Las Vegas and Southern California got a huge boost on Tuesday, when the Biden administration approved $3 billion in federal funding for the Brightline West high-speed rail system.
The proposed rule would require utility companies to locate and dig up roughly 9,000 lead pipes statewide within 10 years to ensure clean drinking water for Nevadans and to protect children’s health.
Since the signing of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure law, $400 billion has been funneled into over 40,000 specific infrastructure projects over 4,500 communities.
Al DeVita trains hundreds of apprentices a year in construction, a sector where opportunities are growing due to recent federal policies. DeVita also believes President Biden’s pro-union legislation is going to help union membership grow in the Reno area.
In Nevada, $3.2 billion in funding has been announced, with nearly 200 specific infrastructure projects identified for funding. Over $2 billion will go to transit upgrades, and over $200 million for clean water and water infrastructure.
Bus routes that normally take minutes are taking almost an hour through Las Vegas Boulevard, as the city undergoes massive construction projects in preparation for the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix next week.
“Today, here we are inspecting how they are putting the infrastructure that will bring greater speed of connectivity to our neighborhoods, something that is ten times faster than what we currently have,” Las Vegas Councilwoman Olivia Diaz said, as she walked with a hard hat, fluorescent vest and protective glass and gloves.
The Nevada Lithium Batteries and Other EV Material Loop, or the “Loop Tech Hub” will focus on mining, material production, battery manufacturing, and recycling of lithium battery materials and will be led by the University of Nevada, Reno.
The funds will be split between the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program and the Eastern Nevada Middle Mile Fiber Network, which are both part of the High Speed Nevada Initiative, an effort to establish statewide universal access to modern broadband infrastructure.