X Train seeks public-private partnership to offer upscale passenger service

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Las Vegas Railway Express, known as the X Train, is seeking to create public-private partnerships with existing passenger rail services to provide a high end service on selected existing routes. This is a departure from the company's previous plan to start up passenger service between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

The concept, set to deploy this coming year, has the X Train providing its own upscale rail cars, which will operate on existing passenger trains. The company plans to pay the incremental cost of hauling the additional cars plus a revenue participation in the X Train revenue stream for participating rail agencies. According to the company, no taxpayer resources are required to commence this service and it bears the capital cost of producing the rail cars.

The company says the first passenger cars will be delivered in Las Vegas on Dec. 9. In January, the company announced it would contract with Rail Enterprises in Orlando, Fla., to refurbish its bilevel commuter cars.

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