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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- On a dusty, rock-strewn expanse at the edge of the Mojave Desert, a company linked to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to build a bullet train that would rocket tourists from the middle of nowhere to the gambling palaces of Las Vegas.
Privately held DesertXpress is on the verge of landing a $4.9 billion loan from the Obama administration to build the 150 mph train, which could be a lifeline for a region devastated by the housing crash or a crap shoot for taxpayers weary of Washington spending.
The vast park-and-ride project hinges on the untested idea that car-loving Californians will drive about 100 miles from the Los Angeles area, pull off busy Interstate 15 and board a train for the final leg to the famous Strip.....
According to federal records, the company has spent at least $270,000 since 2006 lobbying at the House, Senate and federal offices.
High speed rail is important.. connecting major cities, like from LA to Seattle, or NY to Chicago. But from podunk desert town to Vegas?
Originally posted by HauntWok
Hey, maybe they will have a stop at the bunny ranch! Just sayin, go where the money is! LOL