Viva Las Vegas: High-speed Train Project, SoCal-Vegas, Could Start Next Year If Bonds Approved

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Exeter HST 2002_0607 - Photographer Elsie esq.

A proposed plan for the construction of a high-speed train between Las Vegas and Southern California could begin late next year if the bonds to fund it are approved by February.

Virgin Trains USA executive Tina Quigley told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that work will begin first in California, where state lawmakers recently approved a $3.25 billion bond request.

Virgin is seeking approval in Nevada for $950 million in bonds that state Department of Business chief Terry Reynolds said could get approval next month or in February.

The route would place the track along Interstate 15 transferring passengers about 185 miles between Las Vegas and Victorville, California, in about 90 minutes.

Construction is expected to take three years and cost $4.8 billion.

Reynolds said final approval is needed from the Federal Railroad Administration.

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