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High Speed Rail Still On Track

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(photo courtesy: DesertXpress)

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(Las Vegas, NV) – The trip to Los Angeles may become much shorter within the next few years as a Nevada Leader tries to bring Nevada into the 21stcentury.

DesertXpress is a proposal to build a privately funded high-speed rail passenger train from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas and Senator Harry Reid is behind the project. Reid said that he plans to have America catch up with the rest of the world

“What is going to happen is high-speed rail in the western part of the United States.

Currently, there is no passenger train service to Las Vegas. The train would travel at speeds of up to 150 mph and would make the 186 miles trip from Victorville to Las Vegas in about 1 hour 24 minutes, shaving about two hours off the travel time.

Reid also was excited about the jobs the project will bring. “30 thousand jobs will come with this project. It’s the beginning of a Western-American high-speed rail system connecting Salt Lake City, Denver, Phoenix. This is something that is extremely good for Nevada and the whole United States.”

The cost of the project, which runs about 40 miles, is 21 million dollars per mile.

DesertXpress estimates that it will carry around five million round trip passengers in the first full year of operation,with the company charging fares of around $50 for a one-way trip.

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