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So. Cal. to Las Vegas high-speed project DesertXpress is renamed "XpressWest"

(Source: DesertXpress press release, June 11, 2012)

LAS VEGAS — DesertXpress Enterprises has renamed its Las Vegas to Southern California high-speed rail service "XpressWest" to more accurately reflect its role as the first leg of a larger western high-speed passenger rail network.

Recently, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) and DesertXpress signed letters committing to work together to define what would be necessary to deliver high-speed rail service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas through the High Desert Corridor between Victorville and Palmdale to connect with existing rail service.

"As potential for high speed passenger rail in the Southwest has evolved, service between Las Vegas and Victorville has become a critical segment of an interconnected Southwest rail network extending to Los Angeles, Anaheim and all the cities currently served by Metrolink," said Andrew Mack, chief operating officer of XpressWest.

"XpressWest will be the first and primary high-speed rail line into California, opening up the rest of the west for high-speed rail service," said Tom Skancke, executive director of the Western High Speed Rail Alliance. "The new name captures the vision of connectivity and mobility throughout the West."

About XpressWest High-Speed Rail Service

XpressWest is an exclusive, dual-track high-speed train which will be the most advanced and fastest in the United States. With a top operating speed of 150 mph, the service will reduce travel between Las Vegas and Southern California to 80 minutes at an average cost of $89 for a roundtrip ticket. XpressWest is the only construction-ready dedicated high-speed rail project in the United States as it has completed all of its permitting requirements and has applied for a Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing loan established through Federal Rail Administration in 1998. Once the loan is approved and secured, XpressWest will be the first high-speed rail project developed in the United States. To learn more about XpressWest, please visit www.xpresswest.com or follow on Twitter @xpresswest.

About DesertXpress Enterprises

DesertXpress Enterprises (DXE) is the development company of XpressWest (formerly DesertXpress), the only construction-ready high-speed rail project in the United States, DesertXpress, connecting Las Vegas and Southern California. The initial service leg is between Las Vegas and Victorville, California. Study and development of an extension from Victorville to Palmdale, California is currently being conducted. To learn more about DesertXpress Enterprises, please visit www.xpresswest.com .

Monday, June 11, 2012

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