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High-speed train to Vegas back on track

September 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The planned, high-speed train from Anaheim to Las Vegas is now one step closer to becoming a reality.Governor Jim Gibbons of Nevada announced Wednesday that the federal government is giving $45 million to the 269-mile project. The money was approved by Congress several years ago but is only now being distributed.

According to a news release, the Federal Railroad Administration is issuing a contract that will enable the final design, engineering and environmental approvals necessary for the first phase of the project.

"Last year, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and I discussed the need for this important project and I plan to work closely with him and make this high-speed maglev train between Southern California and Las Vegas a reality," Gibbons said in the news release.

The current proposal estimates the trip from Anaheim to Las Vegas would take about 81-minutes because the train will be able to travel at speeds of up to 310 miles per hour.

The trains on track for the project use powerful magnets to suspend the cars above a guideway, allowing the train to travel at rates of much higher speeds than conventional trains.

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