The proposed high-speed rail project that would link Las Vegas with Southern California is a step closer to reality. The “DesertXpress,” which would link Vegas to Victorville, California, has passed its environmental impact study, meaning it only needs final approval from the Department of Transportation. Senator Harry Reid and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made the announcement Friday at UNLV. Reid said the project would create an estimated 35,000 jobs and boost tourism to Southern Nevada. LaHood called it “an important day for high-speed rail in Nevada.” The 200-mile rail system would transport passengers at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. The route still needs approval by the Federal Railroad Administration.