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The Future of Desert Express
The Future of Desert Express

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AIR DATE: June 22, 2011

Developers of the Desert Express high speed train between Las Vegas and Victorville, California are fighting to get the project built despite numerous roadblocks. The developers have had a tough time convincing Las Vegans that Victorville is a good place to connect with Southern California. In the meantime, California rail officials recently resurrected plan that could leave out a stop in Palmdale as part of that state's rail plan. That stop was seen as a logical place to connect Desert Express to Los Angeles by way of a connector from Victorville to Palmdale. So is the Desert Express actually going to be built? Vegas Inc and Las Vegas Sun Reporter, Rick Velotta joins us to talk about the future of Desert Express.
 
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Rick Velotta, reporter, LV Sun and Las Vegas Inc.
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    The Los Angeles to Victorville AMTRAK route will need a special train to make connections with the Desert Express.
    clintMay 11, 2012 03:35:40 AM
    I can't imagine proposing the Desert Express, an ANTIQUATED system from Las Vegas to NOWHERE....VICTORVILLE, CA! Have these proposers NOT seen/been or checked out the MAGLEV in Shanghai? They've made us look like fools with their ultra-modern transportation system. The MAGLEV would get travelers from Las Vegas to Orange County in 81 minutes and probably cost less than the DX. What are these PROPOSERS thinking? It's like our MONORAIL that does not go to our airport. INSANE!
    Richard UnderwoodJul 14, 2011 14:12:29 PM
    I'd like very much to make good use of my time traveling on fast enough rail between LA & LV rather than waste my time confined in a car. It is a shame that the system won't be a high speed version of conventional rail. The AMTRAK route between LA and Victorville (and on to Barstow) would benefit. Las Vegas will have to connect its city transportation to the Desert Express. I do agree that not having city transport connected to the airport is insane.
    ClintMay 11, 2012 03:45:58 AM
    Heard the The Future of Desert Express broadcast today. Two of Mr. Skanke's comments on the maglev project were blatantly incorrect. First, it is not to be a taxpayer funded project, but a public private partnership. The initial and approved Fed contribution for the EIS was held up by the FRA due to political pressure. Second, neither Skanke or the U.S. DOT know maglev well enough to speak of costs - it is not a U.S. technology. Maglev infrastructure now costs less per mile than what DX is proposing, but that inconvenient truth doesn't help them make their case, does it?
    Kevin CoatesJun 20, 2011 21:36:06 PM
    I can't imagine proposing the Desert Express, an ANTIQUATED system from Las Vegas to NOWHERE....VICTORVILLE, CA! Have these proposers NOT seen/been or checked out the MAGLEV in Shanghai? They've make us look like fools with their ultra-modern transportation system. The MAGLEV would get travelers from Las Vegas to Orange County in 81 minutes and probably cost less than the DX. What are these PROPOSERS thinking? It's like our MONORAIL that does not go to our airport. INSANE!!
    Richard UnderwoodJul 14, 2011 14:07:20 PM
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