By Richard N. Velotta, September 23, 2013
An artist’s rendering of a train on the XpressWest high-speed rail line.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hasn’t given up on the proposed
XpressWest high-speed rail project between Las Vegas and Southern
In an interview last week on “Nevada Newsmakers,” a political
television program produced in Reno, Reid said he has spoken recently
with White House officials about getting the project back on track.
“I’ve had conversations within the last week with the White House and
with (XpressWest Chairman) Tony Marnell, who is the person who is
putting up all the money on that,” Reid said. “(California Gov.) Jerry
Brown loves it. I like it. It’s a pretty good start.”
XpressWest, a $7 billion proposal to build a high-speed rail line
between Las Vegas and Victorville, Calif., with plans to extend the
route to downtown Los Angeles, hit a road block in July when a review
for a $5.5 billion federal loan disclosed that the project did not
conform to Buy America standards of acquiring equipment from U.S.
Most of XpressWest’s suppliers and consultants are with
Montreal-based Bombardier, a multinational aerospace and transportation
Reid did not elaborate on how or when XpressWest could address the Buy America provision.
Republican budget leaders also have attempted to block XpressWest’s
loan request, questioning whether the company would be able to repay the