Train From Victorville, Now Leaving On Track 1
I hear a lot of stupid ideas, there is never any dearth of them. But this one is new and really stupid.
A high speed train from Victorville to Las Vegas.
For those of you that don't live in the LA metro area, Victorville is a small, dying town a long way from anywhere. It looks like it is about 140 driving miles from where I grew up in The Valley. The theory is that people from LA will drive to Victorville, park their cars their and then pay to take a 150 mph train to Las Vegas. The train is projected to cost 6.5 billion dollars to build. According to a Los Vegas website, there about 36 million visitors to Vegas each year with about 25%, or 9 million of them coming from Southern California. So this is about $72 for each visitor from Socal for ten years.
I mean, what's the upside for the visitors? I'm already in the car and I've already driven for two or three hours. Why not keep on going? Why go spend money to make my tranport less flexible? It looks like Southwest flys from LA to Vegas for about $75 roundtrip. If I want to go fast, why not go at 580 miles an hour?
This is one of those projects that is a solution in search of a problem. The thinking seems to be that that Europe has trains, so they must be a good idea. I hope this one doesn't get funded, it will burn a lot of money and deliver nothing in return.