Proposed high-speed train renamed XpressWest

The proposed high-speed train from Las Vegas to Victorville, Calif., has been rechristened XpressWest.

The nearly $7 billion project, which backers hope to largely finance through federal grants, has been called DesertXpress. But executives of the private company have recently refocused their public portrayal of the train as the initial segment of a high-speed network spanning several Western states rather than a way for Southern Californians to reach Las Vegas.

"We think this could be the catalyst for a rail network throughout the Southwest," said DesertXpress Enterprises CEO Tom Mack.

The corporate name is unchanged.

Last week, the company and Los Angeles County officials exchanged letters about working together to eventually line the bullet train with that area's commuter rail lines.

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