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Weekly Newsletter: Passenger Rail in Las Vegas

September 23, 2015

The proposed high speed line in Las Vegas has gained momentum.

This past week, XpressWest, a private company that has been working on this route since 2007, formed a partnership with China Railway International U.S.A. This is China’s first high-speed railway project in the U.S., a market they have continued to have expressed interest.

The 230-mile high-speed line would have stations in Las Vegas, Victorville, Palmdale, where it would connect to California high-speed rail.

The Palmdale connection means XpressWest will feed a large number of passengers to LA and San Francisco. This project should be seen as not only a boon to the Las Vegas area but a vital component of the California High Speed Rail project. 

Officials are hopeful that construction could start as soon as next September. We are excited by the news and will be waiting eagerly to share any updates with you.


Dylan Hayward

Manager of Communications

Last Week at MHSRA:
We continued to meet with representatives to promote CrossRail Chicago. We also met with the Michigan Association for Railroad Passengers to discuss how we can help gather more public support for improving Michigan's passenger trains.

Articles We Enjoyed:
Important Service Update for the Chicagoland Area
“The Metra Board passed a resolution announcing that, absent an extension to the PTC deadline, they will cease service on January 1, 2016.”

Metra Will Have to Shut Down
"The Metra Board of Directors formally called on Congress to extend the Dec. 31, 2015 deadline to install positive train control (PTC), agreeing with a staff analysis that in the current regulatory environment Metra will not be able to legally operate beyond that date."

NCDOT Rail Plan builds on freight and passenger train momentum
North Carolina "is making use of $545 million in stimulus grants from the Obama administration for construction projects to straighten curves, add double tracks and passing sidings, upgrade passenger depots and increase train speeds between Raleigh and Charlotte.

PennDOT asks Amtrak about adding second daily round trip between Pittsburgh, Harrisburg
"Plans are far from finalized, but PennDOT has asked Amtrak about possibly adding a second train on a line that once was in jeopardy of being eliminated."

Cuomo, Christie want feds to pay for half of cross-Hudson tunnel but give them full control "In a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday, Messrs. Cuomo and Christie offered to cover $10 billion of the estimated $20 billion infrastructure project, as long as the federal government pays for the rest."

Ohio should get on board with modern train travel: Ken Prendergast, All Aboard Ohio 
Interesting Op-Ed on the state of passenger rail in Ohio

Upcoming Events:

Join us for lunch with keynote speaker and transportation leader Kathy Haley at Maggianos in Chicago, IL on November 13th. Click here to learn more and sign-up.

This Fall MHSRA staff will be attending NARP's Fall Conference in lieu of our Annual Fall Meeting. We encourage our members to attend this meeting to learn more about passenger rail. On Saturday night MHSRA staff will be be having dinner after the meeting adjourns and would welcome MHSRA members to join us, we are making arrangements and are expecting a fee but do not know what it will be yet. Please RSVP here if you would like to join us for dinner.

Meeting Details:
NARP Fall 2015 Council Membership Meeting in Indianapolis, IN October 17-18.
Optional Tour of Amtrak's Beach Grove facility October 16
Learn more here.

Dylan Hayward
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
4765 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625