Sunday, 16 May 2010
This is a guest post from Just A Guy Thing.
In a move that arguably makes the most sense of any idea, ever, a consortium out of Delaware has announced that an LA-to-Vegas train could be operational as soon as next year.
The train is slated to feature a bar car, gambling (once it crosses into Nevada), and a sports lounge. The trip is expected to take 5.5 hours to Vegas, and a fucking eternity on the ride home, similar to every other method of conveyance to and from Vegas (the car ride with no traffic is actually about 4 hours, but that is theoretical, as there has never not been traffic on US 15 to Vegas).
Tickets will set you back $99 round-trip, which is a little more than the gas for the drive and about half as much as airfare on a weekend.
The train-to-Vegas idea has been tackled before, as recently as 1997, when Amtrak’s infinite wisdom and reverse-Midas-touch arranged to have the train yield to freight trains, the travel time would sometimes reach 7 hours, on trains far inferior to the ones proposed today.
If anyone needs me, I’ll be at Union Station, picking up drunk girls once they arrive back in LA. Seriously, there is nothing about this news that is objectionable. The countdown begins now.
Go to the official site to get the news straight from the developer’s mouth.