Friday, January 22, 2010

Maglev backers woo Vegas contractors

Heres a great article from the Las Vegas Sun. The CNIMP presented the MAGLEV project to the Associated General Contractors in Vegas...(Heres some excerpts..)

"The American Magline Group didn’t have a difficult time Thursday convincing general contractors to support its plan to build a magnetic levitation train from Las Vegas to Anaheim.
It just took one promise — 90,000 jobs.
Neil Cummings, president of the group, and Thomas Bordeaux, deputy project manager from Parsons Transportation, spoke to more than 250 people at the quarterly Associated General Contractors luncheon at the Orleans.
The plan may need their support before it can deliver on the promise to employee all those construction workers.
“There’s a lot of aspects of this project that’s going to rely on general contractors here in Southern Nevada, and it cannot be built without them. Our business plan is dependant on that,” Bordeaux said.
Cummings told the contractors that their help was going to be key in getting the federal government to support the project instead of others around the country.
“It can happen here. It will happen here with your help, because you’re the ones that are going to build it,” Cummings said. “I’m just a lawyer and I can talk, but you guys can build it, so we’re counting on you help us.”"
"Cummings asked the contractors to contact Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and their congressional representatives, even providing form letters for them to use.
The contractors seemed eager to reject the DesertXpress project in favor of the maglev train.
One audience member asked if the “ludicrous idea of the competition building a train to Victorville” was dead.
It’s not, but many of the contractors said they felt the maglev train would be better for Southern Nevada and they have hope for how the project could benefit their companies.
“It will bring jobs to the market,” said David Dieleman from Dielco Crane. “It would be a good boost for a lot of local contractors, maybe not us as much as other companies, but it could be a boost for us, too.”
Plus, the train would bring more tourists to Las Vegas, which could spur more construction, Dieleman said."
"Cummings said the project would be beneficial to Las Vegas and everywhere along the route where stations are built.
“This project is something that could really revitalize the entire valley,” he said.
The train, which would provide an 81-minute trip to Anaheim once completed, will cost $12.1 billion to build, Cummings said. It will be built in segments, each of which should be profitable, he said."