For John, BLUF: Embarrassing. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The LA Times we have "A high-speed rail from L.A. to Las Vegas? China says it's partnering with U.S. to build" Lede plus three:
For decades private developers and entrepreneurs have periodically announced bold plans to run high-speed trains between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.With the Chinese involved it might really be high speed rail and not that faux Acela stuff. I just hope there is good engineering and construction.
None have gotten anywhere because they lacked money or suffered other setbacks.
On Thursday, however, one long-discussed proposal appeared to gain some intriguing support.
Officials for XpressWest, which has been unable to secure adequate private investors in the United States or a $5.5-billion federal loan, announced that it had formed a partnership with China Railway International USA, a consortium led by China Railway, the national railroad of the People’s Republic of China.
But, one does wonder about what has happened in the Good Old USA that we can't do these things on our own? LA to Lost Wages would seem like the perfect proving ground for real high speed rail.
Regards — Cliff