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High-speed rail project between Las Vegas and California derailed for now

Posted at 6:42 AM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 09:45:24-05

The high-speed rail project has come to a halt for now.

The train would connect Victorville to Las Vegas. Officials say they still need approval from the Federal Railroad Administration to more forward.

Virgin Trains USA says it will take about 3 years to be fully operational once the project begins.

"I believe that they will get the sign-off, final report from the federal government," said California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, "but it's just not here today, so we're hoping that it will be here by the next board meeting on Feb. 12."

The Virgin Train USA high-speed rail line transports thousands of people from Miami to West Palm Beach on a daily basis.


There has been talk of a high-speed train between Las Vegas and California for many years and several different companies have said that they would make it a reality.

However, most people were extremely doubtful until Virgin Trains said they would do it.

The two main issues at this time appear to be lack of money and the land needed for the rail in California.