The US govt, being full of corrupt self serving politicians, dropped the ball... and the Chinese govt is now stepping in to fund a high speed rail from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Quite shocking

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Details about the joint venture, the proposed project and its financing were unavailable Thursday, except China Railway International stated that it would provide initial capital of $100 million. Project officials say they are confident construction could begin as early as September 2016.XpressWest, a private company formerly called DesertXpress, has been talking about its high-speed rail project since at least 2007. Plans have called for a 185-mile route that would run adjacent to heavily-traveled Interstate 15 from Las Vegas to Victorville, 85 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. Chinese officials now describe the project as a 230-mile route with an additional stop in Palmdale and eventual service throughout the Los Angeles area using some of the same track that would be used by the publicly backed California high-speed rail project. “As China's first high-speed railway project in the United States, the project will be a landmark in overseas investment for the Chinese railway sector and serve as a model of international cooperation,” Yang Zhongmin, chairman of China Railway International, told the state-run Xinhua News Agency. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-vegas-la-chinese-high-speed-rail-20150917-story.htmlThe trains will have non-stop service every 20 minutes during peak times and up to every 12 minutes as demand requires, XpressWest's description of the project states. The California High-Speed Rail Authority said it has not yet allowed XpressWest to use its right-of-way, but it has ongoing discussions with XpressWest to explore combining both systems.Called the Southwest Rail Network, the project aims to build a stations in Las Vegas; Victoriville, California; and Palmdale, California, with service throughout Los Angeles. The project has a price tag of about $7 billion, the Associated Press reports.http://abcnews.go.com/Business/chinese-built-high-speed-rail-works-los-angeles/story?id=33861481If you want a really good fast look at high speed train news in California, check out http://la.curbed.com/tags/high-speed-rail  which gets into many aspects of the past 2 years news on the topic, the state govt problems, the costs, the LA to San Fran high speed train too, and the constant delays, and objections to the whole idea of using anything by airliners for fast travel. I suspect they have something to do with the USA never pulling it's head out of it's ass and making good on the promise 50 years ago of monorails, upgraded mass transport between cities, and a nice big project to get Americans back to work building big things. How in the world we lost the momentum from the interstate system, the mega dams, and the train system is a mysteryThe cost, benefits, and logistics of setting up speed demon trains in the sprawling US has sparked huge amounts of debate. Proponents of high-speed rail say it’ll create jobs and bring American infrastructure and technology up to speed with Japan, Germany, China and France. Opponents either don’t want construction in their area, or think it’s a waste of money, or think that high-speed rail doesn’t make sense in a big, spread out country like America.http://gizmodo.com/the-us-and-china-just-made-a-deal-to-build-high-speed-r-1731329831Officially, the California High-Speed Rail Authority is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the USA.California high-speed rail will connect the San Francisco to the Los Angeles, in under three hours and will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations.So they say http://www.hsr.ca.gov/ but that is political promises, that are already at least 2 years old, and nothing ever came about it. These morons can't figure out how to get from San Diego to LASeriously? The interstate 15 corridor? Waste of time. Unless a rail line gets connected between San Bernadino and Las Vegas... But nothing less than a straight shot up the coast makes sense. L A to S D is the logical path for all the tourists, convention goers, commercial transportation of goods, mail, and shipping containers full of retail goods and cars.Then San Fran to Seattle, to Vancouver