The Bullet Train from Nowhere to Sin City
03/27/2012 1 Comment
Remember California City? It was to be the air transportation capital of southern California, until Congress killed the SST. The plan was to build the Super Sonic Transport Airport in the Mojave Desert and then build a super highway from down town LA to the new SST Airport. The California City planners and investors visioned a city would blossom next to this new SST Airport. When the dream of commercial super sonic flight died, so did the dreams of California City’s investors. We drove by the sad case of California City, going to and from Arizona, and saw nothing more than some visible scars in the sand.
Now planners and investors are looking to rebuild another Mojave Desert City, Victorville with a high speed train from the city to Las Vegas with another government loan. A bullet train from nowhere to sin city. The plan is for LA Basin citizens looking for some Las Vegas action to drive to Victorville, and then hop a train to Las Vegas. It is 4 hour motor trip, 3 from Victorville to Las Vegas. Why not drive the whole distance, or just take a bus?
Social studies have found that once people are in their cars it is hard to get them to change transportation modes. It is not clear to me what the motivation is for people to drive to Victorville and then take the train to save only two hours, at what cost? At the other end, they may have to rent a car to take advantage to all the activities that the Las Vegas/Henderson/Boulder City region has to offer.
The San Francisco Chronicle has the story about the Vegas Train HERE. Would you take the bullet train from Victorville to Lost Wages? Looks like another opportunity to put taxpayers on the hook for never ending subsidies.
H/T to Dave, a regular reader for this train story.