Exclusive: The Las Vegas Monorail will run from MGM Grand to Mandalay Bay

A “high impact” major proposal will further ensure MGM Resorts Internationalthe dominance of on the south end of the Strip and help drop tens of thousands of new customers and conventioneers directly into the towers of the Mandalay Bay restaurant scene.

Yet to be announced, but en route through the Clark County approval process, the proposal will extend the distance by 3.9 miles Las Vegas Monorail from its current final stop at Big MGM and stretch it for a mile, flying over the Strip and into the parking lot behind the Luxor resort. The track would rise above the existing north-south “people carrier” that connects Luxor to Excalibur and Mandalay Bay.

A new 10,000 square foot station will be accessible via the Shops at Mandalay Placehousing restaurants including Hussong canteenHubert Keller burger bar and Rick Moonen RM Seafood and RX boiler room. It is unclear whether the renovation would result in the displacement of restaurant or retail tenants.

The destination was strategically chosen to dramatically increase ridership on the monorail, specifically targeting the Mandalay Bay convention centers and connecting them to the rest of the Strip. The seven-stop route debuted in 2004, going as far as SLS Las Vegas to the north, as fast as 50 mph at cruising speed. Trains leave every five to eight minutes.

While the station will be located in the Luxor car park, any wasted space will be filled by the also previously unsignalled eight or nine level parking garage with a capacity of 3,241, ready to replace the Excalibur parking footprint. existing and designed to serve the T-Mobile Arena on Tropicana Avenue. The building permit for this upgrade was granted in the spring.

If approved, the monorail expansion is expected to complete funding and begin construction in the second quarter of 2017. There was no indication in the documents of future extensions downtown, or a stretch of the once-promised “phase three” path to completion. at McCarran International Airport.

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