Brightline taking over Las Vegas-California rail project Mick Akers, Las Vegas Sun · September 18, 2018 at 6:25 pm A long planned high-speed train project to link Southern California and Las Vegas has new ownership. Brightline, a rail service with operations in Florida, announced today that it has acquired XpressWest, a high-speed rail project aimed at connecting Las Vegas and Victorville, Calif. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Construction is planned to begin next year, with Brightline planning to begin service in 2022. “Brightline is changing transportation in our country by connecting heavily trafficked corridors that are too long to drive and too short to fly,” Wes Edens, co-founder and co-chief executive officer of Brightline owner Fortress Investment Group, said in a statement. In Florida, Brightline links Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.