Virgin Trains USA Building Track That Roll Right to The Las Vegas Strip
A high-speed train between Los Angeles and Las Vegas is not only in the works but will be on the rails in the very near future.
It will initially go from Victorville to the LV Strip and could be start carrying passengers in 2023.
Virgin Trains USA – which is also building tracks from Miami and Tampa to Disney World in Florida – is set to start construction in the new year. It will take approximately three years to build, according to Virgin.
“We’re looking to start construction in 2020,” Bob O’Malley, vice president for Virgin Trains USA, told Las Vegas TV station KTNV at a Nevada Economic Development Conference press conference.
The train will travel at speeds up to 150 miles per hour and take approximately 75 minutes to make the trip. The tracks will run along I-15, will not make any stops and cost about $60 each way.
Southwest Airlines fares are between $50-120 each way, spending on when you book. This makes the train a price-competitive option to flying. With no traffic to slow it down, it also offers a huge advantage over driving in that department.
However, it will likely take a while for post people to warm to it in L.A. That is because Victorville is about an hour east of downtown Los Angeles and beyond the El Cajon pass, a major traffic chokehold. Initially, to take the train, riders will have to drive through this area to get to the train station.
This is only the first phase. While PubClub.com has no confirmation on this, it makes sense the train will eventually depart from Union Station in downtown L.A. When this happens, then ridership from people throughout Southern California could skyrocket.
There is currently a potential alternative in place; take Amtrak from Union Station to the Victorville station. That is currently a 2 1/2-hour trip.
Virgin Trians USA is formerly Brightline. which initially began plans for this high-speed train service between LA and Vegas.