- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Gov. Brian Sandoval has appointed five people to explore building a high-speed railroad in Nevada.

Sandoval said Thursday that Nevada needs to explore options to strengthen the state’s connection with its neighbors. The so-called Nevada High-Speed Rail Authority is charged with leading a thorough discussion on the topic, which Sandoval said is an important part of the state keeping its competitive edge.

A state law first passed in 1997 created the California-Nevada Super Speed Ground Transportation Commission. But it was focused on a far-fetched technology that involved trains levitating above the ground with the help of magnets.

Lawmakers passed a bill this spring that allows the committee to explore different technologies.

Members appointed to the commission this week are George Smith, Fred Dilger, Tina Quigley, Peter Thomas and Harry Teng.

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