Read on for a roundup of the important rail news and commentary in and around Nevada, along with some of our thoughts on it.
A rail line from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City?
Joanne Leovy on July 2nd, 2023 in the Las Vegas Review-Journal
Putting the fun back in travel.
Op-ed in favor of the Nevada Department of Transportation supporting Utah’s grant proposal to study reinstating rail service from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City. Read our article on the study here.
Las Vegas is going big on Bus Rapid Transit. So, what is it?
Geoff Carter on July 13th, 2023 in Las Vegas Weekly
BRT, at its best, should feel something like light rail without the rails.
“Light rail was seriously considered, but the funding wasn’t there to support it, so RTCSNV pivoted towards Bus Rapid Transit.” While we’d also prefer light rail with the rails, RTCSNV shares some interesting ideas for improving Las Vegas’s bus infrastructure here.
South Las Vegas could transform with high-speed rail, resort, arena planned
Patrick Blennerhassett on July 16th, 2023 in the Las Vegas Review-Journal
One California developer has taken the leap and is constructing a giant apartment complex in the corridor south of the Strip. Now, with other significant projects planned, the area could change forever.
With Brightline West moving towards a groundbreak later this year, developers and investors are thinking up ways to reshape the south Las Vegas corridor.
Federal regulators seek feedback on plan to collect train length data
Joanna Marsh on July 24th, 2023 in FreightWaves
The Federal Railroad Administration wants more data on train lengths so that the agency can better assess what impact, if any, longer trains might have on operations.
The Nevada Legislature passed a bill this legislative session that would restrict freight train lengths but the Governor vetoed it.
FRA’s Long-Distance Study Produces Map of Expanded Amtrak Services
Justin Franz on July 31st, 2023 in Railfan
A map that was recently shared at town hall meetings shows a dramatically expanded long-distance network.
New United States rail system map just dropped. Check out that green line from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas (to Barstow).