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Forum to address DesertXpress train proposal

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Backers of the DesertXpress train proposal will discuss it at a UNLV Transportation Research Center forum that organizers hope will be the first of several sessions on developing high-speed rail between Las Vegas and Southern California.

The forum, sponsored in association with the Ward 5 Chamber of Commerce, will feature a presentation by DesertXpress President Tom Stone and begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Science and Engineering Building at UNLV.

The event is free, but because of limited seating, e-mail lasvegasward5@gmail.com to reserve a seat.

“What we’re planning to do is have other forums with some of the other development proposals in the weeks ahead,” said Ken Peck, director of the UNLV Transportation Research Center.

Peck said he expects forums would be scheduled for the American Magline Group to present its vision of a maglev system and for Frank Randak’s SolaTrek transportation proposal.

Stone has said the DesertXpress, a $4 billion traditional steel-wheels-on-rails high-speed train, would be ready for construction early next year. But the plan has received lukewarm reception in Las Vegas because the line would begin at Victorville, Calif.

The maglev proposal, which would cost $12 billion, hasn’t completed environmental studies, but would run between Las Vegas and Anaheim, Calif., when completed. The SolaTrek is a concept for a freeway-decluttering car-shuttle system that would use maglev technology.

Peck said forums addressing other aspects of high-speed transportation also would be scheduled.

The Ward 5 Chamber of Commerce is assisting with the forums in a bid to attract jobs to Southern Nevada for the construction and operation of any transportation system.

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