Harry Reid Rejects Mag-Lev Rail from Anaheim to Vegas

After years of expressing support for a high-speed rail project originating from Anaheim to Las Vegas, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid now favors a line that begins in Victorville.

That is bad news for Anaheim, who has been anticipating the high speed rail system in the plans of their newly approved design of the transportation hub, dubbed ARTIK, that has been in the works for years.  I know that the city of  Anaheim has lobbied aggressively for the maglev.

What gives, Mr. Reid?  I can tell that he doesn’t live here.

Because whilst I have no grudge against the expanse of sand that is Victorville, I would like to point out that often the longest and hardest part of the commute to Vegas is from Los Angeles/Orange County to Victorville.  Once you are up the Cajon, it usually gets much easier from there, depending on construction projects on the 15.  Yeah, it may be cheaper to build from Victorville, but once you’re already made it to the high desert, it seems to me you might as well keep on going. 

This is the problem with so many mass transportation projects in SoCal.  Just do the damn thing right the first time!

4 Comments so far

  1. Reid & Roglich Railroad the Maglev | Beat Harry Reid In Nevada In 2010 (pingback) on June 11th, 2009 @ 8:23 pm
  2. kathyflynn on June 12th, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

    Thanks for this article. I wrote about the maglev train on another blog as well (http://www.beatreid.com/2009/06/reid-roglich-railroad-the-maglev/). Its ridiculous how Harry Reid just suddenly changed his mind on supporting a high-speed train just to get in good with Sig Roglich. We gotta vote this guy out in 2010!


  3. Jon (oc_jon) on June 14th, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    This irritates me on so many levels. I mean for God’s sake. Why can’t we just build the damn thing? Why does mass transit in this country exist in some sort of red-tape bureaucratic nightmare? the state of transportation in OC is a disgrace.

  4. topburntchef on July 8th, 2009 @ 9:53 am

    Why build it from Victorville? The whole point of public transportation is to ease congestion. Wouldn’t it be more practical to put the public transportation where the majority of the population lives rather than the outskirts of the state?

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