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UNLV Gets Grant For Studying High-Speed Rail

UNLV is getting federal funding to investigate high-speed rail development and infrastructure.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the school is getting $1.4 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the project.

Nevada already has one of the so-called University Transportation Centers at UNR.

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The center's establishment comes as railway infrastructure, both light and high-speed, are under consideration in Southern Nevada.

A plan to connect Las Vegas to Southern California via high-speed rail links has been on the table for many years, with the company XpressWest having won a bid to get that project started.

Meanwhile, light rail along Maryland Parkway is being discussed by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada as a way to ease traffic through Las Vegas' downtown corridor.

Casey Morell is the coordinating producer of Nevada Public Radio's flagship broadcast State of Nevada and one of the station's midday newscast announcers. (He's also been interviewed by Jimmy Fallon, whatever that's worth.)