That 150 mph train from Vegas to LA Victorville is really happening, according to a recent story in the Las Vegas Sun
. Environmental clearances are running a bit late
, but construction is set to begin this year, with trains running between California and Vegas by 2014. Officials are pushing for an extension into Palmdale
, the proposed site of a future [California] high-speed rail station that would connect to Union Station: "Because the California [high-speed rail] system and DesertXpress
would be compatible... it would be possible for riders to board in Los Angeles [or Anaheim] and travel without changing trains all the way to Las Vegas. The trip would take between two and 2 1/2 hours."
But that's a way's off; for now planners are working on the first phase, narrowing down the three station site options for Victorville (see model) and four site options in Vegas. The Victorville station will come equipped with a "5,000-space parking area, some of it surface parking and some of it within a parking garage. It's 1 1/2 times larger than Disneyland's parking lot." And like in Vegas, all the parking is free and riders should be able to check their bags in Victorville
and have them placed in their Vegas hotels at no extra cost. Regular tickets will run a little over $50 for the 84-minute trip, and there's plans for upper class service.