Can you imagine a train that can take you from Anaheim to Las Vegas in under 90 minutes? Believe it or not, there’s a plan to make it happen. In fact, Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons (R) will soon come to Sacramento to discuss with Arnold the Governator on how to make it happen. Both Governors now support the project.
This proposed high speed rail line would cost $12-13 billion, create thousands of construction jobs in both California & Nevada, and closely follow the route of the 15 Freeway. And of course, Nevada politicians & casinos are excited by the prospect of tourists speeding their way on a high speed train to spend money in Las Vegas.
But is it a good idea? Or is it a boondoggle in the making? Should the federal government provide funding for this high-speed rail project in what will likely be President Obama’s economic stimulus bill? And if approved, should the train be maglev (magnetic levitation) or should another type of technology be used to build it?
The first leg of the high-speed rail project will likely be from Las Vegas to Primm, NV, (the state line) if approved. Are you looking forward to seeing it being built all the way down to OC? Or should Nevada transportation planners keep their crazy ideas in their own state? Go ahead & chat away.