The bullet train to Vegas is a scam. It does nothing for California.
The San Bernardino Sun wrote a story this morning which states, Libertarian think tank opposes government loan for Victorville-to-Las Vegas rail.
XPress West is lobbying very hard for billions of dollars as a loan to build their rail train (with a restrictive speed of 150 mph). Okay, how is this going to help the economy in SoCal when over time it will remove hundreds of millions of dollars out of California’s economy and delivers the gold at the doorsteps of Nevada profiteers.
Bullet trains are needed along the breath of California from SF to SD. But to sink billions into a corporation for a fun-ride trip to Vegas is preposterous.
The Think Tank states it’s a taxpayers risk. They make the good argument that it’s cheaper to commute via automobile than to take this expensive fun-ride to Vegas.
“There’s a reason so many people drive to Las Vegas from the Inland Empire, Riverside, Los Angeles. If you get two or three people in the car, it’s pretty cheap,” said Adrian Moore, the Reason Foundation’s vice president for policy.
XPress West executives declined to comment. They have an extensive homepage, however, EPress West unlike many corporations fail to list their board of directors, CEO or president. They neither list any other infrastructures they’ve build nor do they list any experience in constructing and management of hi-speed trains.
Shouldn’t we be concerned about corporations attempting to usurp loan billions in loans for something that is not going to actually benefit the public? This is not free enterprise; it’s corporate lobbyists attempting to manipulate government.
Rather, as stated, a true asset to California would be a much needed hi-speed bullet train from SF to SD.