Restore Amtrak Las Vegas Train Service

Restore Amtrak Las Vegas Train Service

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Alex Antov started this petition to Amtrak CEO William J. Flynn

Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. It is also one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States without passenger rail service. Amtrak's Desert Wind ran from Los Angeles to Chicago and back from 1979 to 1997, with stops in Las Vegas, Salt Lake, Denver and Omaha. Their excursion trains, including the short-lived Las Vegas Limited, ran between Los Angeles and Vegas from 1972-1976. In 1999 Amtrak purchased a "higher-speed" Talgo train. After much hype, it was supposed to enter service between LA and Vegas the following year. The plan was eventually shelved due to lack of funding and the new equipment was sent to serve Amtrak's successful Cascades route in the Pacific Northwest instead. Any future train connections were shut down by then Governor Schwarzenegger and California's powerful Indian Gaming lobby.

During the years since, privately held projects to restore passenger rail service to Vegas, with even a proposed bullet train, have been slow going and hit roadblocks. With more vehicles on the road there is more traffic to get to and from the city. Rail travel to Sin City would be less stressful, more comfortable, safer, reliable and environmentally friendly. With rising fuel costs, a ticket to Vegas is also economically competitive and cheaper than flying. Amtrak service also includes bathrooms, and a lounge with food and beverage options, such as alcohol; eliminating the need to make rest stops.

I believe restoring passenger train service to Las Vegas would be in high demand, therefore a money maker for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), which reports financial losses year after year. Please join me in signing this petition and sending it to Amtrak in Washington, DC.

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