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Old July 4th, 2010, 07:38 AM   #1
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"Desert Lightning" High-Speed Rail Service to Phoenix and Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - There's a new competitor in the race to create a high-speed rail line connecting Las Vegas and Southern California.

Genesis High Speed Rail America LLC is proposing the "Desert Lightning" - a high-speed route between Las Vegas and Southern California. Unlike other routes, Genesis' plan also calls for an intersecting line from Phoenix, linking the three major southwest metropolitan areas with one high-speed rail line.

The proposal calls for a T-shaped route. It would run south from Las Vegas parallel to the Colorado River and U.S. 95, just east of Mojave National Preserve. It would then intersect with an east-west line near Interstate 10, the freeway between Los Angeles and Phoenix.

The group is seeking federal funding to help study whether proven European technology or proven Japanese technology would be a better fit.

"I've ridden on both of the trains," Genesis chairman Duane Wilder said. "I can't say which one is better than the other and part of it could depend on the terrain, so the exact route also would be studied."

Wilder said about $35 million would cover the study's cost. If Desert Lightning succeeds in getting the study money, it would still take years to get the environmental permits and engineering completed.

Wilder said once a study is completed, investors would help fund what could be a $35 billion to $40 billion project.

At least two other groups are trying to get their own high-speed proposals beyond the planning stages. And two new companies have been recently touting party trains that would use existing low-speed lines to shuttle people from downtown Los Angeles to Las Vegas on trains loaded with entertainment options.

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Old July 4th, 2010, 06:11 PM   #2
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Is that the smell of fat government money in the air? Let's get a proposal in and get our share. After all, it's free money and somebody has to get it.
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its not free money its OUR money. I hope there is a ton of transparency in the requests of money, such as a marketing plan, what is the point list breakdown of the expected gains of the study, what options there are. You cant just ask for 35 million in taxpayer dollars to **** around with.
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Old September 13th, 2010, 05:51 PM   #4
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This project has been getting more publicity lately, and I find arguments for the route compelling. The Brookings Institution projects that the L.A.-to-Phoenix corridor will be the most successful in the United States, so creating a "Y"-shaped intersection in the middle of the desert would be the most efficient way to connect all three city pairs (L.A.-to-Phoenix; L.A.-to-Las Vegas; and, Phoenix-to-Las Vegas). That prospect has to be more interesting to private investors than the Las Vegas-to-Victorville route or the Las Vegas-to-Anaheim mag. lev.
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Old September 15th, 2010, 06:10 AM   #5
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It's going to be interesting in the near future to see all of this public divestment away from our infrastructure that will have to be financed by foreign countries and corporations. Bring on the Target Red Line, Staples Blue Line and Toyota Yellow Line.
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Old September 17th, 2010, 05:34 PM   #6
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an article from Sept 11:

High speed, high stakes dominate Vegas rail race

I miss the weather here in MD. At this time though we are experiencing Santa Monica like weather. But not for long (:
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