Federal Surface Transportation Board Approves Building of High Speed Rail Between Las Vegas and Southern California
If and when built by DesertXpress Enterprises LLC, the passenger trains would to provide a rail alternative to driving and flying. The all-electric trains would run primarily adjacent to Interstate 15, the only freeway between Las Vegas, Nev., and Los Angeles.
Initially, top speeds would be 150 miles per hour.
Construction of any new railroad line in the U.S. requires prior Surface Transportation Board approval.
The approval is conditioned on DesertXpress implementing 146 environmental mitigation measures recommended by an Environmental Impact Statement approved by the Federal Railroad Administration with input and expertise provided by the STB.
Initially, there would be stations at Victorville, in Southern California, and in central Las Vegas. There are no planned at-grade vehicle or pedestrian crossings. The project would reduce air pollution, fuel consumption and congestion along the busy I-15 corridor, supporters say.
The company says it expects to begin final design and construction in 2012 with full service expected to begin by the end of…to read the rest of this story, please click here.