WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation has suspended consideration of a $5.5 billion loan request for a high-speed rail project from Las Vegas to Southern California.

The XpressWest train would travel from Las Vegas to Victorville, Calif., in about 80 minutes. In a later phase of the project, the line could also be extended to Palmdale, Calif. to be connected to the Metrolink commuter rail system and the planned California high-speed rail system.

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