Sunday, September 26, 2010

Desert Xpress delayed by FRA

All,  An article from the Las Vegas Sun on Sept. 24 is reporting that the FRA (Federal Railroad Admin) has released a supplemental draft on the EIS for DX. How does this effect you and me?  It effects us in that there were concerns brought by the public over certain parts of the route that there needed to be a so-called "re-write" in the route DX will take. From the Las Vegas Sun....Richard N. Velotta [..]
"Two more public hearings are scheduled as well. In Las Vegas, a meeting is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Southwest Event Center B at the Hampton Inn Tropicana at 4975 Dean Martin Drive. A second public hearing is scheduled in Barstow, Calif., the next day.
The two biggest deviations from the original document involve changes on the southern end of the route. They include a new site plan for a passenger station in Victorville and a modified alignment through Barstow, where residents are angling for a station and stop instead of a bypass of the city.
**see our story on the new E-220 route and the expansion of the City of Victorville to include the new station.
There’s also a proposal to change the rail alignment through the Clark Mountains near the Mojave National Preserve, an area overseen by the National Park Service. The preferred route would veer into the preserve; the modified route would cost more to build because it would involve tunneling, but it would avoid Park Service land.
In Southern Nevada, the new document considers new sites for maintenance and operation facilities in unincorporated Clark County at Sloan Road, Wigwam Avenue and Robindale Avenue along the existing right-of-way near Interstate 15.
Finally, the new document suggests moving the rail alignment in metropolitan Las Vegas from the I-15 corridor to a route closer to Industrial Road and Dean Martin Drive.
Four Las Vegas train station sites remain in the plan, but the Industrial-Dean Martin deviation makes it clear that developers have their eyes on a site known as Central Station B, just south of Flamingo Road and west of I-15."
(possible maintenance/operations site for DX)
(possible Central Station "B" area for DX)
*All designs, locations, stations, surrounding elements and areas are subject to change, remodel, removal, and retooling.  Interested parties should contact the respected companies for exact placement/alignment(s).*
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