Brightline CEO confirms Las Vegas construction in 2021, but Amtrak enters the scene as a competitor

 

News article: Brightline CEO confirms Las Vegas construction in 2021, but Amtrak enters the scene as a competitor

Brightline West CEO Mike Reininger said he is certain construction of a Las Vegas-to-Los Angeles route will begin in a matter of weeks.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Pleased to see the high speed project getting underway between California and Las Vegas.  I note Amtrak will return to the route.

Anyone know why Amtrak stopped passenger services to Las Vegas?

Brightline CEO confirms Las Vegas construction in 2021, but Amtrak enters the scene as a competitor

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  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Something doesn't add up here.

Brightline has been shut down in Florida for 56 weeks now (despite Tri-Rail happily operating on the parallel former CSX route) and were struggling to get investment for the Las Vegas project, but now they are suddenly announcing they are ready to start construction on the Las Vegas project.

I wonder what the bookies are offering on the Las Vegas project actually getting completed and a high speed train (actual high speed with 250+ km/h cruising speed, not just 79mph US so-called high speed) actually running on it.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Something doesn't add up here.

Brightline has been shut down in Florida for 56 weeks now (despite Tri-Rail happily operating on the parallel former CSX route) and were struggling to get investment for the Las Vegas project, but now they are suddenly announcing they are ready to start construction on the Las Vegas project.
justapassenger

Former CXS route?
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Tri-Rail operates on tracks formerly owned by CSX while most of Brightline's route is on Florida East Coast tracks.

For much of the route they are only a few blocks apart.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Tri-Rail operates on tracks formerly owned by CSX while most of Brightline's route is on Florida East Coast tracks.

For much of the route they are only a few blocks apart.
justapassenger

Sure but what CSX former line was it?
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line

Anyone know why Amtrak stopped passenger services to Las Vegas?

Brightline CEO confirms Las Vegas construction in 2021, but Amtrak enters the scene as a competitor
bevans

Funding cuts, along with The Pioneer.

When I travelled on The Desert Wind back in the 90's; it has a reasonable load and picked up extra pax at Vegas. I well remember the train manager making announcements as we arrived from Salt Lake City to the passengers not to alight or attempt to gamble as they would be left behind as Vegas was only a smoke stop. The next train was in two days, due to being a thrice weekly service.

Mike.

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