Sands-Sphere station to bring Las Vegas monorail closer to completion


Is the Las Vegas monorail back on track now that funding has been secured for part of its planned expansion?

Probably not.

But the fact that the private company plans to build a station on Sands Avenue to provide access to the under-construction MSG sphere at The Venetian – and the funding in place to build it – gives new hope for the 3.9 mile, zero – emissions transit system.

At the very least, it should calm down for at least a few years critics who want to spend the reserves set aside to dismantle the system in case it crashes completely.

The system has collapsed because there aren’t enough passengers buying tickets to support operating costs, let alone pay for capital improvements. It filed for bankruptcy in 2010, and after its emergence, goodwill revenue has declined every year since 2016.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the Las Vegas monorail is not as successful as it could be because it’s not finished yet.

The new Sands Avenue station won’t go far towards completion, but it sets the system up for more traffic once it and the 17,500-seat sphere-shaped performance hall developed by The Madison Square Garden. Company will be terminated. The new station is expected to be integrated with the pedestrian bridge designed to move people from the Venetian, Palazzo and Sands Expo and Convention Center to the MSG Sphere. It will cost around $ 13 million to complete.

The system would be close to completion if the one-kilometer extension south of MGM Grand to Mandalay Bay – a drop-off point for people attending matches and events at Allegiant Stadium – could be designed and built. It should cost between $ 90 million and $ 100 million.

It could get even more traction if the system were extended north of its Sahara Las Vegas terminus to downtown Las Vegas where Derek Stevens’ Circa complex will draw new crowds in late 2020.

And everyone knows the great enchilada would find a way to extend the system to McCarran International Airport. At one point there was a plan to extend the monorail east, then north to create a stop at Hard Rock Hotel, then Thomas & Mack Center before ending up at McCarran.

Transport enthusiast Richard Branson, who supports the Southern California-Las Vegas Virgin Trains initiative and converts the Hard Rock to Virgin Hotels Las Vegas next year, would he support a monorail extension if that means connect Virgin Atlantic passengers directly to their new hotel?

One of the benefits of adding the Sands Station is that the system would connect over 30,000 hotel rooms and over 8 million square feet of convention space. Add to that the expansion of Mandalay Bay and you can add an additional 1 million square feet of convention space and an additional 11,700 hotel rooms with the Mandalay-Luxor-Excalibur rooms.

Linking convention centers together – the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Sands Expo Center, and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center – offers the potential to host larger shows and co-located events.

The SEMA Show (Specialty Equipment Market Association) and AAPEX (Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo), which will take place the first week of November, are a classic example of two separate shows with a similar audience that come to Las Vegas every year because the city’s convention infrastructure is large enough to accommodate both at the same time.

SEMA is set up at the Las Vegas Convention Center and AAPEX at the Sands Expo Center. By the 2021 show, they should be a three-minute monorail ride apart. One day, it is possible that the Sphere will be used for automotive messaging which could serve both broadcasts.

Monorail Company To Deliver Green Message By Creating New Sponsors And Advertisers Through Agreement Between Company And CEO Of Pharris Media Inc. Patrick Pharris Has Brought Millions To The Monorail Company With A Station Sponsorship Agreement and similar train between 2000 and 2007. The message he and the monorail company want to resonate with show producers and conventioneers is that the monorail eliminates 2.1 million vehicle kilometers per year, keeping 27 tonnes of fuel. ’emissions out of the air.

Ever since the monorail started operating in its current form in 2004 – it actually started as a novelty between MGM Grand and Bally’s in 1993 – Las Vegans know the system isn’t perfect.

If only resort hall bosses had realized that moving to the Strip would have been more useful and convenient than putting it east of the Strip resorts. If only airport service had started on the initial deployment.

But that did not happen.

It is better to work with what we have, improve it and finish it.

The Review-Journal is owned by the family of the President and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Sheldon Adelson.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at [email protected] or 702-477-3893. To follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.


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