SOURCE: Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc.

July 13, 2010 14:15 ET

Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc. ("X" Train) Announces Selection of PDI Rail Solutions to Provide Technical Expertise to Assure Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) & Amtrak Mechanical and Safety Compliance for All "X" Train Locomotive and Passenger Railcars

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) -  Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc. ("X" Train), a Delaware company (OTCBB: XTRN), is pleased to announce the selection of PDI Rail Solutions (PDI) to assure that its "X" Train meets all applicable Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) & Amtrak mechanical and safety standards. "The safe design and operation of the 'X' Train is our Number 1 corporate priority. We believe that PDI Rail Solutions exemplifies the industry's best practices and brings the necessary expertise and experience to assure that LVRE meets all of the myriad regulatory, safety and mechanical requirements needed to ensure our passengers that the 'X' Train will be the safest travel experience in the country," said "X" Train Chairman and CEO Michael A. Barron.

Specifically, PDI Rail Solutions has been selected to guide LVRE in achieving full federal compliance under 49 CFR 238 "Equipment Safety Standards" and 49 CFR 239 "Emergency Preparedness." Additionally, PDI will assure that all LVRE locomotives and passenger cars meet all Amtrak mechanical and safety standards. Among the numerous initiatives PDI has been assigned, in cooperation with the Class I railroads and AMTRAK, specific tasks include the following:

  • Creation of FRA & Amtrak Compliance Inspection Reports
  • Inspection, Testing & Maintenance Plan
  • Emergency Preparedness Plan
  • Fire Safety Analysis
  • Training, Qualification, and Designation Plan
  • System Safety Program Plan
  • Pre-Revenue Service Acceptance Plan
  • Qualified Maintenance Person Program
  • Emergency Preparedness Training for On-Board Services Personnel

Commenting on their selection as regulatory consultants, PDI President & CEO Robert C. Andrews, Jr. said, "We have been in close communication with the LVRE since October 2009. We are pleased to formally join the project at this time and look forward to doing all we can to assure the safety, reliability, and compliance of the 'X' Train."

About Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc.

Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc. has been planning for the establishment of a "Vegas-style" passenger train service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas since early 2009. Roundtrip service will be Thursday through Monday each week with an introductory price of $99 roundtrip. In addition, the "X" Train will also offer the ability for its passengers to book hotel rooms, transportation transfers, entertainment & show tickets and other travel incidentals. For more information, please visit the Company website at www.vegasxtrain.com.

About PDI Rail Solutions:

Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, PDI Rail Solutions (www.PDIRail.com) is the rail / transit consulting division of Protection Development, Incorporated. PDI Rail Solutions provides comprehensive consulting and project management services divided into the following nine areas of expertise:

  • Equipment and System Analysis
  • Inspection and Project Oversight
  • New Commuter Rail and Passenger Services (Mechanical)
  • New Commuter Rail and Passenger Services (Operations)
  • Operations, Maintenance, and Planning Support
  • Passenger Equipment - Fire Safety Standards
  • Private Rail Car Services and Special Trains
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Specification Writing

Protection Development, Incorporated is a Texas Registered Engineering Firm (Firm Number F-2816), licensed under the authority of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE).

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding the company's plans, beliefs, and estimates as to projected market size are "forward-looking statements." Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including factors listed from time to time in the company's SEC filings, and actual results could differ materially from expected results. These forward-looking statements represent the company's judgment as of the date of this release. The company disclaims, however, any intent of obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Contact Information

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