LA to Vegas in 2 hours by train

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Now if it is 3 top things we like about traveling it would be fast trains, Disneyland and Las Vegas. Unfortunately you can’t combine all three in the one trip, but that may change in the future according to this Slashdot story. Apparently the Bush administration has approved 45 million in funding towards a 300mph maglev train to link Disneyland to Las Vegas in under 2 hours. Maglev’s have been touted as the future of train travel as their speed is comparable to an aircraft but by being a train can move more people to and from a central city spot. The biggest problem with maglev’s is building the track that allows the train to levitate magnetically is frightfully expensive. The Shanghai system in China (video above) cost around 1.2 million US to build a 30 klm track and experts predict that this money will never be recouped over the life of the train via its fares. Apparently the 45 million set aside for the US system is to pay for environmental studies on the first leg of the project. With the length of the proposed track being around 250 miles we hate to think how much the train will cost if completed. Perhaps Bush’s plan is to make it so expensive GM will never be able to buy it to close it down! What do you think great idea or white elephant? Hit up our comment form below.

1 Comment on “LA to Vegas in 2 hours by train”

  1. #1 JimLoomis
    on Jun 9th, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Great idea. High-speed rail, whether maglev or electric, IS the future. But, clearly, the Chinese system cost more than $1.2 million. Nevertheless this is what WE should be doing. And do NOT credit Bush for supporting rail. He has consistently opposed adequate funding for Amtrak. This year, for example, he had proposed a 40% cut in Amtrak’s current funding level, which is already inadequate. Unfortunately, McCain is as bad or worse, having said he would oppose ANY funding for Amtrak, which would kill it, and he says his position is “non-negotiable.”

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