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Vegas-based high-speed rail service renamed 'XpressWest'

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

No rails have been laid yet for the high-speed service connecting Las Vegas to the outskirts of Los Angeles, but that hasn't stopped its administrators to create a new identity for it.

The high-speed service will be known as "XpressWest," it was announced Monday.

DesertXpress Enterprises, the company charged with developing the high-speed service, said the name change from "DesertXpress" to "XpressWest" is an accurate reflection of the first leg of a larger western high speed passenger rail network.

Plans call for the rail service to route from Las Vegas to Victorville with an interconnected rail network to extend to Los Angeles, Anaheim and other cities connected by southern California-based Metrolink.

"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."

Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV, said last year the $6 billion project will create more than 32,000 jobs in southern Nevada.

No time table has been set for construction.

For more information on the project, you can visit www.xpresswest.com.

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