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TRANSPORTATION BILL SETS ASIDE $45 MILLION FOR LAS VEGAS TO DISNEYLAND BULLET TRAIN

June 7, 2008

MAGLEV TRAINS ALREADY RUN IN EUROPE AND ASIA

President Bush today signed a new transportation bill into law. Part of that bill authorizes $45 million for a futuristic train that is scheduled to run from Las Vegas to Disneyland.

The train is meant to ease traffic on increasingly clogged Interstate 15 (the main route for the millions of Southern Californians who make the 250-plus-mile drive to Las Vegas each year.) Right now there is no passenger train service of any kind between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Amtrak canceled service to Las Vegas in 1997 because of low ridership.

The train would utilize a technology called MagLev where the vehicle “floats” above the track using electromagnets. Critics have called the plan “futuristic pie in the sky” but MagLev trains already run in England, Germany, Japan and China.

The speed of these trains reach almost 400 MPH. A trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on such a train could take under and hour.

SHANGHAI MAGLEV TRAIN