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DesertXpress Rail Project Gets New Name

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(photo courtesy: DesertXpress)

(photo courtesy: DesertXpress)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Developers planning high-speed rail service between Las Vegas to Southern California are giving the project a new name.

DesertXpress Enterprises announced Monday that it’s rebranding the project XpressWest to reflect its goal of a larger rail network across the western U.S.

The original DesertXpress proposal involved rail service between Las Vegas and Victorville, Calif. Project organizers last week signed an agreement with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to explore extending the line further west to Palmdale.

Developers promise a train that shortens the commute from Las Vegas and Victorville to 80 minutes, at an average of $89 round-trip.

But critics say the project relies on the unlikely premise that Los Angeles residents will drive 100 miles from their homes to board the train and finish their trip.

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