We wrote of the X-Train a few weeks ago. Here’s a link to an update from Richard Velotta at VegasInc today: X Train aims to make a party of the Southern California-Las Vegas trip.
This private venture is important for a number of reasons. First, it’s a bold, $100 million entrepreneurial gamble which may prove, or not, that train travel is still viable — but just as interesting, it’s not being done by a government which increasingly knows what’s best for our needs. X-Train will compete with faster and more frequent air travel — cheaper flights to Las Vegas are available from all five area airports, and San Diego. And X-Train’s 5-1/2 hour trip may be an indicator that tells us if train commuters would ever use the California High-Speed Rail which will take hours (not the 160 minutes we were originally promised) longer to transit between southern California and the Bay Area than air travel from all those same airports for as much or perhaps even more money. Otoh, maybe we’ll only find out that one needs to get hammered on the party train to pass the time and moon drivers along the I-15.