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Train on tap to travel between L.A. and Vegas

May 12, 2010 | 11:49 am

"Party train" to Vegas: A train could start traveling between L.A. and Las Vegas as early as next year, reports Curbed L.A. With $99 round-trip tickets (almost as cheap as driving), an on-board bar and gambling, it's bound for popularity:

The publicly-traded, Delaware-based Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc. already has executives, financial advisers, a purchased passenger railcar, and a website that plays Gap Band's "Party Train." This may be the best train in the world.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/bottleneck/images/2008/08/27/universalrendering.jpgUniversal Studios renovation: The Daily News reports on another step forward in the $3-billion renovation plan:

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve an agreement with the city of Los Angeles that clarifies details about upcoming public hearings regarding the $3 billion makeover of Universal Studios.

Save the walking trail: The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy meets with city officials to try to save an unofficial walking trail between Griffith Park and Elysian Park, The Eastsider LA reports:

The trail is not marked and now crosses through private property dominated by giant retaining walls that rise across the hillside above Riverside and Fletcher Drives. The owner of that property wants to give the strip of land eyed by the environmentalists to adjacent property owners, the conservancy said in a press release.

-- Anthony Pesce

Photo: Image of proposed Universal City expansion.

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