Why should Nevadans care about a California train line 300 miles away? Because one of those train stations is planned for Palmdale, Calif., a tantalizing 47 miles away from Victorville. And the backers of the DesertXpress — while insisting that the Victorville destination stands on its own — maintain their train will eventually link up with California’s system.
But that fond hope rests on a number of assumptions. First, you have to assume the California system will eventually be built, which is still in doubt because of the cost. (Several other states have rejected rail projects on that basis.) Second, you have to assume the Palmdale line will be constructed and that funding won’t run out. (The geniuses in California want to start with a “spine” running between the Central Valley cities of Bakersfield and Fresno, and branching out from there. If money dries up, critics warn it could be a train to nowhere.)