Construction on high-speed train to Las Vegas set to begin next year

Las Vegas

It seems like they have been floating the idea of a high-speed train that would link Southern California to Las Vegas for what seems like forever – but now, it appears it is very close to becoming a reality, with developers planning to start construction in 2020.

Virgin Trains USA says it is moving forward on the project following the success of their high-speed routes in Florida, according to KTNV.

The trip, which would take riders for Victorville to Las Vegas, would take only 75 minutes on the rail – which would take riders at speeds of up to 150 mph along the I 15 on a 185 mile route.

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“If you drive to Southern California on a Friday afternoon or a Sunday afternoon, you’ll want an alternative. We think we can be an alternative,” Bob O’Malley the vice president for Virgin Trains USA, said this week in a conference.

The high-speed rail would stop near the Las Vegas Strip, enabling people to easily get to hotel rooms and access the new Allegiant Stadium, where they can watch the Raiders lose.

Construction of the project is expected to take three years.