The Bullet Train from Nowhere to Sin City

Russ Steele

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.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One Response to The Bullet Train from Nowhere to Sin City

  1. Anonymous says:

    “When somebody comes and tells me I will build a system that pays for itself, I’m suspicious,” said Hasan Ikhrata, executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments, which questioned ridership potential in a report last year. “There is no high-speed rail system in the world that operates without subsidies.”

    He is correct – not one, including any in Europe – its a another Gov swindle no doubt

    unlike ours, which anybody in Orlando wants to come to Tampa = not – at least people from LA want to get to LV but as pointed out its still easier to just keep driving.

    Russ Comments: Thanks for the input, however please use your name and provide an accurate e-mail address on all future posts.

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