It's In Vegas!
The Robert N. Broadbent Las Vegas Monorail has completed primary construction and is set to open shortly. The $650 million transportation system operates Bombardier M-VI vehicles along the Las Vegas resort corridor and travel at a top speed of 50 mph. The project came in under budget by over $20million, so there are now plans to extend the route to McCarran International Airport.
Nine trains consisting of four cars each will run on a single rail that rises 20 feet high in most areas, its highest point reaching 70 feet above the Las Vegas Convention Center. The number of trains in operation is set based on anticipated ridership levels. These levels will vary from three (3) to seven (7) trains throughout the day to support expected peak hours and throughout the year with summer and winter weekday and weekend schedules. Each train will seat 72 riders with standing room for an additional 152 riders. Passenger levels will be monitored and service will be adjusted accordingly as the actual ridership numbers are evaluated.
Huge air-conditioners in each car will keep conventioneers and vacationers cool on their way to their resort hotel. The monorail is completely ADA Compliant. It also meets all applicable fire and life safety standards.
The monorail connects eight major resorts linking more than 24,000 hotel rooms and about 4.4 million square feet of meeting and convention space in the world's largest convention town, another reason to bring your convention to the Entertainment Capital of the World. Monorails don't wait in traffic! you can travel the entire route, end-to-end, in as little as 14 minutes.
The initial 4-mile route will stop at the following seven stations: MGM Grand; Bally's/Paris; Flamingo/Caesars Palace; Harrah's/Imperial Palace; Las Vegas Convention Center; Las Vegas Hilton; and the Sahara. Plans are underway for the monorail route to extend to the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas and Cashman's Field where you can get off to watch a bush league baseball game. And everyone's anticipation is for the line to go to McCarran International Airport and hopefully to the dreadful D Gate that has been bogging down travelers since the tiresome security checks have gone into effect.
Cab drivers in Vegas are up in arms over the route going to McCarran, and rightfully so, because the rail will alleviate congestion on the roadways, but also pick the cabbie's pocks, and the fare is fair, a one-way fare is $3 and a oundtrip fare is $5.50. A one-day pass is $10. Currently there are 5 types of passes available. Tickets can be purchased at ticket vending machines located inside each station and the station properties. For more ticketing options, call (702) 699-8200 or visit www.lvmonorail.com.
In September 2000, a decade-long effort by entrepreneurs, business and government leaders raised $650 million from fare box-supported revenue bonds to create the Las Vegas Monorail, the most technologically advanced public transportation system in the world. The monorail system is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Monorail Company, a non-profit corporation whose board is appointed by Nevada's governor.
Transit Systems Management, LLC administers all monorail-related contracts for the non-profit LVMC. Bombardier Transportation, the world's largest transportation company, is overseeing the construction of the system. Granite Construction, one of the largest construction companies in North America, is the civil contractor. Gensler Architects, the largest architectural firm in the United States, is the master architect. Solomon Smith-Barney was the lead bond underwriter.
The track operates from the east side of the Sahara Hotel and Casino property at Sahara Avenue and Paradise Road and continues south down Paradise Road. The track then continues westward up Sands Avenue. At Koval Lane, it turns south and continues along the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard, ending at the MGM Grand Station. A short spurt is expected to be constructed down Convention Center Drive to the Stardust, as well as extensions on the west side of the Strip. The vision is to connect a majority of the hotels and convention facilities to the airport and government centers making it easier for both visitors and residents of Southern Nevada to move around in the Resort Corridor of Las Vegas.
Hours of Service
The system will initially operate from 8:00 a.m. to midnight, 7 days a week. Subsequent service expansion, to run from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. is under consideration.