Las Vegas monorail reopens as conventions and tourism resume
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The seaside resorts come back to life. Conventions are coming back to town. Now an old way of getting around is coming back.
Today, the Las Vegas monorail is coming back to life after being shut down for 15 months.
âThe monorail is really an important solution to help move our visitors, to reduce congestion in and around the destination,â said Lori Nelson-Kraft of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
It really is a useful part of our transportation system, which takes people from the convention center up and down the Strip.
The monorail reopens at 7 a.m. on Thursday, just in time for conventions and events returning to Las Vegas.
âBefore the pandemic, nearly 5 million passengers used the monorail,â Nelson-Kraft said. “It goes from the Sahara to MGM, so this has really been an important solution for us as we market the destination.”
The monorail debuted with two Walt Disney trains in 1995. Trains shuttled between Bally’s and MGM. In 2004, the system expanded to its current four-mile track with seven stops.
Locals can ride for as little as $ 1 each way by purchasing a package of 20. A one-way trip costs $ 5, and other options include multi-day passes at a reduced rate.
And it is also a great solution for the environment.
âYou envision a zero-emission all-electric system,â Nelson-Kraft said. Every year, more than 2 million vehicle kilometers are saved and reduced on our roads – more than 27 tonnes of emissions reduced too. “
Nelson-Kraft called it “a fantastic system for convenience, but green is definitely a priority with the monorail.”
COVID-19 protocols are also in place when the monorail reopens. The LVCVA asks passengers to wear masks.
âPublic transport still requires a mask and we are going through additional cleaning and sanitation, which will always be a top priority,â Kraft-Nelson said. âBut it’s a fun and convenient way to get in and get around your destination. We are delighted to reopen this morning. “
Stops along the monorail route include the Flamingo and LINQ, as well as the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The reopening is another signal that the city is reopening.