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Anderson

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They've got about a hundred acres of land to develop. The one-armed bandits will have somewhere to go ;-)
 

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Very likely something similar. The biggest issue I see is that while development options are obvious with Las Vegas, Victorville and other possible station locations are probably a bit more limited for the time being. Now, if they can turn around and offer a quick enough trip into LA, they could probably make a fortune off of that.

(Edit: And of course, in a related thought, up in the Bay Area I suspect there's an absolute killing to be made if somebody can plug a reasonably fast line into either Oakland or San Jose from the other side of the mountains and then milk the development rights on the other side...)
 

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Possibility they might run trains through on the San Bernardino line? Of course, they would have to use the Cajon Pass, therefore meaning they'd have to negotiate with BNSF, but the plus side is a one-seat ride to Los Angeles and not having to use a car to drive up to Victorville.
 

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Possibility they might run trains through on the San Bernardino line? Of course, they would have to use the Cajon Pass, therefore meaning they'd have to negotiate with BNSF, but the plus side is a one-seat ride to Los Angeles and not having to use a car to drive up to Victorville.
That is not their plan. When they get to LA they will do so via Palmdalevia Metrolink trackage (and their own to Palmdale), not San Bernardino.
 

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Plans have a way if changing. Believe what will happen when construction starts, Since its BEE line construction is in full operation that helps the MIA <> Orlando appear well on the way. Once all the Bee line bridges are complete then that is another milestone.
 

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Plans have a way if changing. Believe what will happen when construction starts, Since its BEE line construction is in full operation that helps the MIA <> Orlando appear well on the way. Once all the Bee line bridges are complete then that is another milestone.
Well Cajon Pass issue has nothing to do with construction plans. There is no capacity to be had for any reasonable price through Cajon Pass. We are not talking of one train a day. We are talking hourly service over many hours of the day. Just won't happen.

BTW, the name of the highway in question in Florida is Beachline or State Rt. 528. They always said the route will be along 528 since day one. That is what the EIS said and that is where it is. These things just don't randomly move around.
 

mainemanman

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That is not their plan. When they get to LA they will do so via Palmdalevia Metrolink trackage (and their own to Palmdale), not San Bernardino.
Ok, I see. Wasn't aware they were still planning to go beyond Victorville. That makes a lot more sense.
 
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NeueAmtrakCalifornia

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Well Cajon Pass issue has nothing to do with construction plans. There is no capacity to be had for any reasonable price through Cajon Pass. We are not talking of one train a day. We are talking hourly service over many hours of the day. Just won't happen..
Is Cajon Pass that expensive? What's keeping a new Cajon Pass rail line from being made. Certainly a Tejon Pass rail can be done (at least theoretically).
 
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