Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., showed support of the project and said the maglev train "will safely and efficiently move people between southern California and Las Vegas."
As more nations begin to roll out maglev train systems, critics in the U.S. grow increasingly frustrated over the lack of support of organized high speed trains in the United States.
With speeds up to 300 MPH, the maglev train will be able to transport passengers between the two locations, about 250 miles apart, in less than two hours. Most drivers who go from the Los Angeles or Anaheim area to Las Vegas are forced to take Interstate 15, but the highway routinely is clogged with gridlock during rush hour.
Congress must now choose the maglev system over other train projects under consideration by the government, including a diesel-electric train that was proposed after a 2005 funding mishap that delayed the Disneyland-Las Vegas line. Japan was the first nation to launch a diesel-hybrid train system, but the train was twice as expensive to build as a regular train.
The United States Maglev Coalition (USMC) is an organization wanting to develop maglev technology in the U.S. The group helped the federal government fix a September 2005 report that "unfairly and erroneously criticized maglev's costs while ignoring its benefits."
Maglev trains are extremely expensive to create, so $45M could easily lead to a multi-billion dollar investment. The Shanghai maglev train network cost almost $30M per mile to create, and a proposed route in Japan is estimated to cost up to $82B to complete.
Germany, Canada, England, China and Japan are included in the small selection of countries that either have working maglev systems or are testing maglev technology.
quote: why do they need to do another environmental study?
quote: After all, if it even remotely made some sense, it wouldn't be hard to find investors willing to put up the money, and the thing would have been built years ago.
quote: Exactly. You're basically making everyone pay for a system that only a small fraction of people will use.
quote: If I want lunch, should I be allowed to go take a dollar out of the people around me's wallets?
quote: Nope, that'd be stealing. Is this really the same?
quote: It never fails to amaze me the degree to which people will evade the nature of an act and mindlessly sanctify any and all forms of government appropriation under the rubric of "democracy" or whatever they think justifies it.
quote: Yes, I would favor a PRIVATELY FUNDED maglev. No, I will not accept that taking people's hard-earned money by force to pay for a government funded maglev, is ok.
quote: The only *moral* act of a government is one that protects its citizens' rights to their lives and property. Anything else is just the mob justifying its immoral use of force under the cowardly rubric of "democracy".
quote: You're basically making everyone pay for a system that only a small fraction of people will use.
quote: That "environmental study" takes all of 30 seconds to perform. The $45M being spent here
quote: 1) it'd be very seasonal... there won't be any commutors whatsoever taking advantage of this, so the cost basis would need to be justified averaging the ridership throughout the year, yet the project would still need to meet peak-season capacity