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Bullet Train to Vegas?

by Bill Hayes

In Betting Tax Dollars on a Bullet Train to Vegas, Businessweek reports on how a developer is seeking a $4.9 billion federal loan to link Southern California and Las Vegas.

There’s only highway that leads straight from Southern California to Las Vegas, and on any given weekend thousands of gamblers determined to wager can wind up crawling along I-15 for over three hours on their way to The Strip. Tony Marnell,the developer who built the Bellagio, Mirage, and Wynn Las Vegas casinos, has a plan to get gamblers to the blackjack tables in 80 minutes. He wants to build the DesertXpress, a high-speed train that would run 190 miles from Victorville, Calif., a desert community 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles, to Vegas, and cost $75 round-trip. “People don’t want to spend their time traveling to Las Vegas,” says Marnell. “They want to spend time being in Las Vegas.” [more]