LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Las Vegas monorail will resume operations at the end of the month after remaining closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced Tuesday that it will begin selling tickets for the monorail, which is scheduled to reopen on May 27 at 7 a.m.
The authority bought the elevated electric transmission system from bankruptcy in December for around $ 25 million. It stretches approximately 4 miles from the MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino to SAHARA Las Vegas.
The authority bought the system because it needed reliable transportation to the Las Vegas Convention Center from the Strip, and it needed the control of a non-competitive agreement held by the monorail company to enable the project Elon Musk’s Boring Co. to establish a 15 mile (24-kilometer) underground network of tunnels in the city.
“The resumption of monorail operations is an important milestone as Las Vegas moves forward, providing visitors and delegates with an efficient means of navigating throughout the destination,” said the president and CEO of the authority, Steve Hill, in a statement.
Passengers will need to wear face masks, maintain social distancing where possible, and take additional safety precautions, such as hand sanitizing.
The Las Vegas Monorail estimates that the monorail has carried 90 million passengers since it opened in 2004.