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Maglev Train from Anaheim to Vegas Gets Federal Funding

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After three decades of dreaming and planning, it looks like the federal government is finally paying attention to an expensive MagLev train line that would carry passengers between Las Vegas and Anaheim at speeds up to 300 miles per hour along the 270-mile route. The Federal Railroad Administration will give $45 million in congressional earmarked dollars to the first phase of the route, which will go from Las Vegas to the state border in Primm, NV, according to the LA Times.

The technology, which is different from the high speed rail planned between L.A. and San Francisco, uses "electricity and magnetic force to lift trains and propel them down a guideway."

In their response to President Obama's State of the Union this year, Republicans brought up the train route, calling it wasteful spending.