High Speed Rail Jobs: Many Temporary, Few Permanent

The planned high speed rail connection between Victorville, California and Las Vegas is expected to create 50,000 temporary jobs. Only 700 will become permanent.

Most of the jobs will stay at the Victorville end of the line.

"Tom Stone, president of DesertXpress Enterprises LLC, told representatives of the Associated General Contractors at a lunch Thursday that building the privately funded, $4 billion traditional high-speed rail system would create 50,000 person-year construction jobs over the four-year design and construction period expected to begin late this year.

Translated, 50,000 person-year jobs is the equivalent of 50,000 people working for a full year. The statistic illustrates the vast number and diverse types of jobs - planners, architects, draftsmen, engineers, construction workers, electricians and other specialists - that will be created over the course of the project."

Full Story: High-speed train would create equivalent of 50,000 one-year construction jobs

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