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California High-Speed Rail Line will take you to Las Vegas for $400 from Los Angeles, Netizens say the fare is a bit pricey

California High-Speed Rail Line will take you to Las Vegas for $400 from Los Angeles, Netizens say the fare is a bit pricey

According to the developer of the proposed high-speed rail route, a ticket from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, including a round trip, might someday cost as much as $400.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the chairman and creator of Brightline—the firm building the rail line between Los Angeles and Las Vegas—said that he plans to charge $400 for a round trip in the future. The route’s round-trip flights cost anything from $40 (cheapest) to $200 (peak, same-day) for a basic seat as of publishing. The flights take just over an hour.

Traveling from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by car usually takes four or five hours, but taking the Brightline train just takes two. Having said that, the trip from Los Angeles to the Brightline station in Rancho Cucamonga would take around the same amount of time due to the station’s location.

If you would rather not drive to Rancho Cucamonga, you could use a train similar to the one that connects cities across California—Metrolink—even if it only goes 34 miles per hour on average.

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The sole privately-owned and -operated rail line in the US, Brightline’s Florida line, uses variable, demand-based pricing, therefore it’s possible that they will use the same model here.

On that route, which runs from Miami to Orlando (about the same distance as Los Angeles to Las Vegas), one-way tickets for economy class start at $49, while first-class seats with meals, drinks, and alcohol included, as well as access to a lounge and conference room, start at $119.

At least $35 billion is projected to be spent by taxpayers for the initial operating segment of California’s other high-speed rail line, whereas the Brightline project, which is anticipated to be completed by the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics and is receiving $6.5 billion in government support ($3 billion in grants and $3.5 billion in allowed issuance of tax-exempt transportation bonds).

Merced and Bakersfield will be connected via this publicly financed scheme that the California High Speed Rail Authority designed. The Central Valley is characterized by a relatively sparse population.

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In contrast to the original CAHSR segment’s predicted 6.61 million one-way passengers, the 218-mile Brightline project is anticipated to carry 11.1 million people each year. This works out to $5 million per passenger mile in the first year for the Brightline project, or $55 million per mile overall.

In contrast, CAHSR will set you back $205 million per mile, which works out to about $31 million per mile for first-year passengers—662% more than Brightline’s per mile for first-year passengers projected.

Although it will still be more expensive than flying, CAHSR is anticipating selling tickets for $86 each way on the LA to San Francisco route. This could provide customers with better value compared to the LA to Vegas line.

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Driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas might cost less than $20 for gas, considering that a new Prius can average 57 combined miles per gallon and that gas in California costs an average of $4.82 per gallon.

An average overnight parking place in Vegas costs between $15 and $25, according to parking operator place Hero. This means that a two-night journey to Vegas in a new Prius could cost $80 for gas and parking, or $40 for two people.

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