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5/21/2004



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

FRA to begin environmental study for California-to-Nevada Maglev project




More than 15 years after the California-Nevada Super Speed Train Commission (CNSSTC) and private-sector partner American Magline Group (AMG) began pushing for a southern California-to-Nevada high-speed magnetic levitation (Maglev) route, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is taking the first official step toward making the project a reality.

FRA recently filed a notice of intent to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) for the California-Nevada Interstate Maglev Project in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Transportation. FRA also will hold public meetings next month in five cities along the 269-mile Las Vegas-to-Anaheim route. During meetings in Las Vegas, and Onatrio, Victorville, Barstow and Anaheim, Calif., the public will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed route and stations.

CNSSTC received a $1.5 million federal grant to prepare the PEIS and advance pre-construction design, engineering and public support for the project. The commission also obtained $650,000 from cities along the route, as well as the Orange County Transportation Authority, San Bernardino Association of Governments and Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

CNSSTC and AMG will seek $1 billion in pre-construction and construction funds for the Las Vegas-to-Primm, Nev., segment after the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century is reauthorized.



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