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Old December 7th, 2008, 08:58 AM   #161
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Old January 20th, 2010, 06:17 AM   #162
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Old January 20th, 2010, 06:58 AM   #163
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Monrorail Bankruptcy as step toward expansion to Airport?

Vegas, I love it!

You've really gotta admire a place where no matter how tough it gets...

There's always another chance, always another comeback in a place just up the strip!
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Old January 20th, 2010, 07:45 AM   #164
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Only in Vegas would going bankrupt be part of your expansion strategy!
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Old January 21st, 2010, 10:20 AM   #165
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Only in Vegas would going bankrupt be part of your expansion strategy!
Thats how things seem to work in this country nowadays
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 01:45 AM   #166
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this is why privately funded transit projects aren't feasible in the US. The fare box revenue isn't enough to cover costs without a large fare increase.
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Old January 31st, 2010, 09:58 AM   #167
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I was in Las Vegas this week. I had seen the monorail via google maps and thought the claims of it being "hidden away" were excessive. Whats the big deal about walking through a casino?

I was so wrong. They did everything in their power to make this monorail as inconvenient and inaccessible as possible. Signs inside the Casino? Nope. A sign over a mile away at Mandalay bay? Sure!
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Old January 31st, 2010, 08:53 PM   #168
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I was in Las Vegas this week. I had seen the monorail via google maps and thought the claims of it being "hidden away" were excessive. Whats the big deal about walking through a casino?

I was so wrong. They did everything in their power to make this monorail as inconvenient and inaccessible as possible. Signs inside the Casino? Nope. A sign over a mile away at Mandalay bay? Sure!
Exactly!
I've just landed from Vegas also and i rode the whole stretch of the monorail, which is excessive expensive 5$ for a single ticket and leads litterary from nowhere to nowhere, the stations are reachable after miles of walking in circles through the casinos. They should have built it along the Strip in the first way, then extend it maybe... but where... there are no populous areas in Vegas at all, density is as low as in the deserts surronding the city... almost. The buses serve the metropolitan area... but anyway everyone goes by car, cos its sooooo far everywhere. For Vegas there isnt such thing like good mass transit option.
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Old August 17th, 2011, 08:34 PM   #169
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Sahara’s closure could hurt monorail, but station will stay open


Sun file photo - A Nextel-themed monorail train pulls out of the Sahara Station Wednesday, February 1, 2006.

By Richard N. Velotta
Friday, March 11, 2011 | 4:35 p.m.
Las Vegas Sun

The closure of the Sahara hotel-casino is likely to harm the bankrupt Las Vegas Monorail, which has a station at the Sahara that is the transportation system’s northern terminus and a connecting point to the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada’s bus transit system.

In an e-mailed statement, Ingrid Reisman, vice president of corporate communications for the Las Vegas Monorail Co., said the station would stay open.

“Despite today’s announced closure of the Sahara Hotel scheduled for May 16, the monorail station at Sahara Avenue and Paradise Road will continue to operate with access from street level escalators, elevator and stairs,” Reisman said.

The Sahara monorail station is one of two – the other is at the MGM Grand – that is staffed to sell discounted tickets to local residents who use the system.

What is unclear is how the Sahara’s closure would affect a small number of commuters who park at the hotel parking garage to use the system. Reisman said the topic could be among the matters monorail officials discuss with the Sahara in the weeks before the closure.

A spokeswoman for the Regional Transportation Commission said the closure of the Sahara wouldn't affect plans to build the Sahara Express Bus Rapid Transit line along Sahara Avenue from Hualapai Way to Boulder Highway.

The RTC is using $34.4 million in federal funds on the year-long $40 million project that will landscape the Sahara corridor, add bus-only lanes and widen sidewalks to revitalize the street. The intersection of Sahara and Paradise Road is a key stop along the corridor because of the connection to the monorail line, but spokeswoman Tracy Bower said closure of the hotel wouldn't affect the RTC’s plans.
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Old August 26th, 2011, 09:09 PM   #170
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Have there still been any plans of extending it to the airport?

What might be a game changer for this monorail would be if they where able to extend it to the New Desertxpress station that they plan to build so it could tap into passangers coming in off of the Desertxpress and the High Speed Rail system.

But if I had the resources to help I would make sure it gets extended to the airport first in that the Airport is already there while the high speed systems are still on the drawing board.
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Old August 26th, 2011, 10:10 PM   #171
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No wonder this station's absurdly bulky, it barely interacts with the sidewalk -- bleak

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Old December 10th, 2011, 08:19 AM   #172
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The Las Vegas Monorail Co. recently marked its 50 millionth rider since service was launched in 2004.

The 3.9-mile system “ranks among the best rail systems” in the United States based on the number of riders carried per mile of track and revenue earned per mile, said Ingrid Reisman, the company’s vice president of corporate communications, in a prepared statement.

“We’re honored to help thousands of people travel the busy Las Vegas Strip every day, and will continue to provide the highest quality of service of our customers,” she said.

In 2010, the Monorail reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by more than 37 tons and eliminated an estimated 2.4 million vehicle miles that would have otherwise congested Las Vegas’ roads, Monorail officials said. When large conventions are held in the city, the monorail carries an average of 70,000 people into and out of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the course of each four-day event, they said.
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Old March 20th, 2012, 08:52 AM   #173
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I have a suggestion: What if Las Vegas never built the monorail system and had built instead a regular metro or light rail system? If so, what kind of routes would be considered?
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Old March 20th, 2012, 09:39 AM   #174
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I have a suggestion: What if Las Vegas never built the monorail system and had built instead a regular metro or light rail system? If so, what kind of routes would be considered?
The technology isnt the problem, the route is.
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Old March 20th, 2012, 01:35 PM   #175
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I have a suggestion: What if Las Vegas never built the monorail system and had built instead a regular metro or light rail system? If so, what kind of routes would be considered?
Las Vegas considered building a light rail line from Henderson to North Las Vegas that would have passed along Frank Sinatra Drive and Industrial Road behind the resorts on the west side of the strip. For resort guests, the route would have been no more convenient than the monorail behind the resorts on the west side of the strip. A routing on Las Vegas Boulevard along the resort strip was not considered a viable option. The light rail plan eventually morphed into BRT. I don't believe the route has yet been implemented.

Las Vegas does have BRT in other corridors, and some of the BRT routes do travel down the strip, including the Deuce double-decker bus service, which is targeted toward tourists, but the buses do not have dedicated travel lanes, and are incredibly slow even during low traffic volume hours. The BRT routes do have off-vehicle ticketing to expedite boardings, but the one off-vehicle ticket machine I attempted to use during my last visit to Las Vegas was out of service. The passengers paid as they boarded, which made the bus even slower.





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Old March 21st, 2012, 08:44 AM   #176
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The monorail could still be a success but only if they make it part of the standard transit system.
Just as LV is considering the future of it's monorail other cities in the world are embrasing it for the mass transit needs on a massive scale. Many large cities suchas Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Chonquin have begun construction on monorail systems or have just opened them.
The new Choquing systems already carries 400,000 a day and is only a few years old, the Mumbai system will be atleast 50 km with the first section opening this year. The SP system will be a massive 110km and have a capacity of 52,000 pphpd...........far higher than most metro systems in the world.
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Old July 16th, 2012, 05:56 PM   #177
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Old July 16th, 2012, 08:13 PM   #178
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The monorail in Las Vegas is really expensive IMHO. Weird priorities I have to say given that it was no problem to easily find underground parking for free on the other side.
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Old July 16th, 2012, 11:20 PM   #179
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What is transit's main goal in Vegas?

Obviously having a proper metro/rail system would be cool as a civic pride thing, but what real transportation needs have to be addressed there?

Vegas is a sprawling city with a lot of lower middle class income people working service jobs. What they have now is a somewhat functional if not fast decentralized bus network that gets people from neighborhoods and apartment complexes to the employee entrances of casinos and shopping centers and hospitals. Seems right to me.

Anyone from Vegas want to comment?
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Is monorail service interrupted during sandstorms?
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