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DesertXpress May Begin Construction in Months

LAS VEGAS -- The DesertXpress high speed train could just be months away from starting construction.

Chief Operating Officer Andrew Mack said they are awaiting their final environmental impact report, which is the last hurdle in the process. They expect that report to be completed by the end of the summer, which means construction could start early next year, putting some 50,000 people back to work.

The DesertXpress would connect Las Vegas to Victorville, and eventually connect with Palmdale. Palmdale will be part of California's massive rail project that will reach from San Diego to San Francisco.

"I think the economic impact of this train will be significant for both states," said Mack. "Especially initially with job creation -- the economic impact from Nevada to California. This train will create 50,000 jobs over a four year construction period, just at the time when both states need them the most. I think it is going to be its most immediate positive impact."

They are hoping to have the DesertXpress up and running by 2014. Once the connecting lines are all up and running, it would take only two hours to get from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.

The cost for a ticket will run about $100 round trip.