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About that High Speed Train to Las Vegas

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With all the talk of Prop 1a passing--partially funding the High Speed Rail between Southern and Northern California--there is little talk about the high speed train being planned by a collection of smaller outlying cities in Los Angeles County that they say will serve "shorter-distance intra-regional commuter [between Palmdale and Irvine], airport access and other non-work trips within Los Angeles and Orange Counties."

With 5-10 minute headways between 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., the privately built and operated magnetic levitation train (MagLev) will glide passengers through the region at an average 90 mph with planners hoping that someday the line will be built to Las Vegas' CityCenter project.

They're building a new website and last week the board voted in the Cerritos Mayor Pro-tem as Chairman of the Joint Power Authority that they are calling the Orangeline Development Authority (not to be confused with Metro's Orange Line). As far as this becoming a reality, a "project development plan" on their website (.pdf) predicts construction beginning in 2012 with the train operating in 2015. That doesn't feel likely, but hey, it's nice to dream.