Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Nevada NDOT's State Rail Plan... Citizens voice strong Southern NV/CA route.

The Las Vegas Sun reported that NDOT is taking its first steps into building a state rail program that will make Nevada eligible for FRA future funds.  However, during the public sessions (that took place in Las Vegas), and then moved to Sparks and Elko.  

The meeting took a switch track when the public started asking questions about the DesertXpress and Maglev projects..

By Richard N. Velotta (contact)
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 | 1:50 a.m
While rail plan project manager Matthew Furedy and representatives of Jacobs Engineering, consultants for the plan, were looking for ideas to improve rail service in the state, it was clear from the tone of questions and comments at the session that the most important priority for the southern end of the state is passenger transportation between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
NDOT and Jacobs officials deflected questions about the privately developed DesertXpress high-speed rail proposal that would link Las Vegas with Victorville, Calif., or about whether the state would continue to back the California-Nevada Superspeed Train Commission’s vision of developing a magnetic levitation system between Las Vegas and Southern California.
Last month, developers of the DesertXpress confirmed that it has applied for $4.9 billion in federal loans to build that system. The American Magline Group, which has contracted with the two-state commission and was backed by former Gov. Jim Gibbons, is awaiting a decision of record from the Federal Railroad Administration and the release of $45 million to begin the necessary environmental studies to build a maglev line between Las Vegas and Primm.
“We’re not here to debate which is the better technology,” Furedy said. “We’re early in the process and we’re just trying to determine if there is a need to go from Point A to Point B.”

You can find the NDOT invitation to the public information sessions here.

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