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December 7th, 2018
Florida firm acquires company planning Las Vegas to LA rail line
By Richard N, Velotta, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sept 18, 2018

“XpressWest, the high speed rail proposal to link Las Vegas with Los Angeles via Victorville, California has been acquired by a company that provides rail service in Florida.

Brightline, a privately owned and operated intercity passenger rail system serving Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, on Tuesday announced plans to take over the rights to XpressWest’s 185 mile federally approved rail corridor along Interstate 15. Brightline indicated it would begin building the $7 billion rail line next year with completion of a link between Victorville and Las Vegas by 2022.”

My View

Contrast this news to the one on the California High Speed Rail Line which also appears in News and Views.

I have followed XPressWest for years. The plan was to connect Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The biggest and costliest problem was getting through Cajon Pass. Getting over it was too costly and would slow down the high speed train. Getting through it would be least expensive using the tunnel controlled by Union Pacific, but U.P. apparently looked dimly on having its slow, long freight trains take second place to a fast passenger train -- and the passenger train would, otherwise, be slowed way too much.

Both Xpress West and now Brightline have apparently concluded with the advantage of Las Vegas to Victorville – a nice little town but no Los Angeles. At Victorville the plan is apparently to turn southwest to Palmdale – an even smaller town with little reason to deboard there if one is trying to get to L.A.

So, again we hear of connecting to the “high speed” California Metro (which, by the way, does not exist.) The best news is that, so far, we do not hear from Brightline of tax and/or state bond funds, but we only hear of getting to Palmdale.

Now, something good to think about. Palmdale is only 37 miles to San Fernando and I-5, and San Fernando is only 10 miles to The Hollywood Burbank Airport (now officially named the Bob Hope Airport,) and on to L.A. While not flat, it is MUCH flatter than the very formidable Cajon Pass.

Note to home builders: There is a lot of buildable land between San Fernando and Palmdale and between Palmdale and Victorville.

Note to Brightline: Don’t have the end of the line be either Victorville or Palmdale. Ignore the California High Speed Rail (CHSR) and come to L.A. via Palmdale and San Fernando. Even if CHSR gets its act and its funding together to Fresno and Bakersfield, wouldn’t you prefer to go to L.A. yourself? I sure would.

I am sorry Las Vegas to Los Angeles is 270 miles and not as flat as the 76 miles Miami to Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach, but we like it out west. I was born in California and Migrated to Las Vegas. Join me.

That’s my view. What’s yours? Email me at:
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