There is $45 million in federal money set aside for the maglev that is proposed to connect Los Angeles with Las Vegas. (Why is it “Los” and “Las?”) Anyway, Nevada Senator Harry Reid is ready to scuttle the federal money and direct it to a European-style corridor that would parallell I-15, This is going to get very messy and it will in no way assist the cause of developing high speed rial in North America.
The Los Angeles Times has a report.
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.
UPDATE: Associated Press gives some clarity and additional details on this story.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Thursday that the route is now considered part of the federally designated California high-speed rail corridor.