Sen. Reid, Ray LaHood: One stop left for DesertXpress

LaHood agreed.

“This is an important day for high-speed rail in Nevada,” LaHood said in a statement. “High-speed rail will create jobs, reinvigorate our manufacturing sector and spur economic development for years to come in Nevada and around the country.”

The 200-mile railway is planned to run through a national park and other federally owned lands. It would run between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area.

The route is intended to relieve traffic on Interstate 15, which connects the two sprawling cities. As planned, the railway would come within 40 miles of a proposed California high-speed rail connecting L.A. and the San Francisco Bay area.