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September 20, 2015 Comments (0) Views: 865 Economy

China Firm To Help Build Bullet Train From LA To Las Vegas

China Railway International USA and XpressWest have agreed to build a high-speed train line connecting Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Scheduled to begin construction as early as September 2016, the $100 million initial investment is one of the first planned high-speed trains in the southwest U.S.

“With the environmental review process complete, all required federal right-of-way approvals in place, and having received the necessary licensing and approvals to construct and operate, XpressWest will provide a foundation for high speed rail infrastructure in the Southwest Corridor,” XpressWest stated on its website.

Traveling at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour, the journey between the two destination cities will take a mere 80 minutes. Along the way, it will make stops in Victorville, Nevada and Palmdale, California with service throughout the Los Angeles area.

During the 230-mile journey, XpressWest will “expand the Las Vegas experience,” offering hotel check-in and restaurant reservation services. For passengers wanting a bit more Vegas in the course of the ride, the train will also feature entertainment club cars complete with food, drinks and Wi-Fi.

China Railway International USA is a recently-formed subsidiary of a Chinese high-speed rail consortium and XpressWest is led by the Marnell Companies, which is dedicated to building a high-speed rail line in the Southwest Rail Network.


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