China will not build L.A.-to-Vegas rail line — U.S. company calls the deal off

June 9, 2016

By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times, Reporting from Beijing

Nine months after announcing that China would help build a high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the private U.S. company behind the plan said late Wednesday that the deal was off.Website Insert Passenger Trains Very Well copy

XpressWest said the decision to terminate the relationship with China Railway International was based “primarily upon difficulties associated with timely performance and CRI’s challenges in obtaining required authority to proceed with required development activities.”

XpressWest indicated that its “biggest challenge” was a federal government requirement that high-speed trains must be manufactured in the United States to secure regulatory approvals.

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