The Anaheim-to-Vegas train that Nevada's senior Senator has been working on for years still isn't getting a lot of traction:
What do you guys think? Something you would use if it was available?
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I don't believe there would be many riders. Americans are wedded to their cars. People going to Las Vegas would still have to get from their homes or offices to wherever the train station will be, and then they would lose the freedom of traveling around Las Vegas once they got there.
What is the round trip mileage between LA and Las Vegas, 600 miles? Assuming a modest 20 mpg, a whole car-load could drive for $90 at $3 per gallon. How much would the train cost?
This plan wouldn't be any more successful, or cost-effective, than the monorail is.
I would love to ride it just to see what it is like. I don't live in socal so other than the novelty, it is not someithing I would use regularly. I doubt that any spending that Sen Reid is pushing will get any traction in a Republican controlled Congress that is already under fire for overspending.
Of course I'd use it, it'd be a very easy way for me to get to Disneyland. :D Depending on the price and the time involved in a round trip, I could probably save quite a bit on hotels and just head home.
But, I think it's not worth building. By what I've heard the plan on the local news was to build a train going out to Primm and then crossing our fingers and hoping California would build one out there from LA. California is broke and won't build the remaining piece.
I think it would be great!
Don't get me wrong I love driving from LA to LV but you never know when the 4 hour drive is going to turn into an 8 or 10 hour drive.
And if you have ever tried flying it is just such a hassle to get in and out of the airport.
If they make it, more convenient than flying and faster than driving I think it would definitely work.
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