The New Las Vegas Railroad Stalled
There has been talk and plans for years about a high speed Las Vegas railroad. The long anticipated railroad would run between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. At this point in time it appears that the Las Vegas railroad has stalled. It will likely become a reality some day, but not as quickly as planned due to a new glitch in the plan. Unfortunately, this particular glitch will not be remedied in a short period of time.
It was decided nine months ago to order the high speed rail system from China. But, now the United States company, Xpress West, has cancelled the order. There is a big obstacle that must be overcome before a new plan is put into place. The obstacle has been established, as is many times the case, by the federal government. The government has required that any trains used for this project must be manufactured by a US company.
So, what’s the problem with this? Well, there are no US companies that make high speed rail systems. According to a report in the June 8th LA Times.com article Xpress West said this:
“As everyone knows, there are no high-speed trains manufactured in the United States,” the company said in a statement. “This inflexible requirement has been a fundamental barrier to financing high-speed rail in our country. For the past 10 years, we have patiently waited for policymakers to recognize high-speed rail in the United States is a new enterprise and that allowing trains from countries with decades of safe high-speed rail experience is needed to connect the Southwest region and start this new industry.”
Currently, while hoping for a more flexible government ruling on the railroad, there is both an environmental study and potential passenger study being conducted. Don’t lose hope, a future railroad is still a good possiblity.
If you would like to know more of the details you can read the entire LA Times article here.