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High-Speed-Rail Update

Remember all those people who said Bobby Jindal was making stuff up when talking about high-speed rail from Las Vegas to Disneyland? Are apologies in order? The Los Angeles Times reports:

Reporting from Los Angeles and Las Vegas — A potential corridor for passenger trains between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area has become part of a federal initiative to modernize the nation’s rail networks and develop high-speed service between cities.

Thursday’s announcement, however, might doom a 30-year-old proposal to build a high-tech magnetic levitation, or “maglev,” train from Anaheim to Las Vegas if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) gets his way.
Reid, who no longer supports the maglev project, said during an event to publicize the rail corridor that he would try to scuttle $45 million in federal funds earmarked for the proposal. The maglev project and a conventional rail line proposed by a private venture are trying to develop separate high speed passenger trains that would parallel oft-congested Interstate 15. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced Thursday that a swath of land along much of I-15 has been declared a federal high-speed rail corridor — one of 11 such zones in the U.S. Projects proposed in those corridors are eligible for federal assistance, grants and loans.
Federal officials say the development of a successful high speed rail system between Southern California and Nevada would dramatically reduce delays and traffic accidents on I-15.
“For transportation, it’s the most important thing that’s happened to Nevada since Interstate 15,” said Reid, who likened the federal high speed rail program to President Eisenhower’s effort in the 1950s to develop the interstate highway system.

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