XpressWest (former DesertXpress), Vegas - Victorville

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Re: XpressWest (former DesertXpress), Vegas - Victorville

Postby dowlingm » Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:06 am

Joint venture announced with Chinese companies. Let's see where this goes.
http://qz.com/504194/chinas-first-high- ... las-vegas/

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China has signed its first high-speed railway contract in the US, days ahead of President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Washington D.C. A consortium led by state-owned China Railway Group and US company XpressWest will set up a joint venture to build a 370-kilometer (230-mile) high-speed line linking Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

China’s leading group on financial and economic affairs announced the deal at a press conference on Thursday (Sept. 17), and said construction will begin next September. The project comes after four years of negotiation and will be supported by $100 million in initial capital, though the source of that capital was not specified, nor was the project’s expected cost and competition date. But 21st Century Business Herald and other Chinese papers reported the project will cost $12.7 billion and take three years.
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Re: XpressWest (former DesertXpress), Vegas - Victorville

Postby bostontrainguy » Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:19 am

These guys are building a huge plant here in Massachusetts and are aggressively looking for opportunities in high-speed rail in the US. Looks like this may be the first one. California high-speed rail and Amtrak are probably other dominoes to fall their way in the near future.

No matter what you may think of China, at least they are getting things done. Our record is pretty dismal.
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Re: XpressWest (former DesertXpress), Vegas - Victorville

Postby jstolberg » Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:03 pm

135 miles from Victorville to Las Vegas, about the same distance as New Haven to Boston.
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Re: XpressWest (former DesertXpress), Vegas - Victorville

Postby jstolberg » Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:23 pm

High speed bridge building, Chinese style.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6X82g2UZOs
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Re: XpressWest (former DesertXpress), Vegas - Victorville

Postby Arlington » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:34 am

Apparently XpressWest continues to be nursed along--I guess hoping for a change in political climate:
http://www.reviewjournal.com/traffic/hi ... adium-site
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Re: XpressWest (former DesertXpress), Vegas - Victorville

Postby John_Perkowski » Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:42 pm

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