The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has closed on its transaction to acquire the assets of the Las Vegas Monorail Company, preserving an important transportation option in Las Vegas and ensuring it can operate in the coming years.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the sale on November 24, 2020. The transaction also allows for other transportation options on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard by eliminating the non-compete area around the monorail system. It further paves the way for the Boring Company’s underground tunnel, the Vegas Loop, to be constructed throughout the destination.
The four-mile elevated monorail has moved nearly 5 million people a year, many of whom are attending meetings at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC.) The LVCVA plans to resume operations of the monorail when there is visitor demand in the destination for the transportation service. Key staff expertise from the existing monorail team will be retained and part of Western Management Group contracted by the LVCVA to manage and operate the system.
Las Vegas Monorail facts:
- The monorail began in 1995 with service running between MGM Grand and Bally's using two used monorail trains that had previously operated at Walt Disney World
- The system expanded and opened on July 15, 2004 with seven stops along the resort corridor including: MGM Grand, Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas, Flamingo/Caesars Palace, Harrah’s/The LINQ, Las Vegas Convention Center, Westgate Las Vegas and SAHARA Las Vegas
- It’s 100 percent electric and runs zero emission trains
- Aids in the removal of an estimated 2.1 million vehicle miles from Southern Nevada’s roadways
- Reduces emissions by more than 27 tons of carbon monoxide in Southern Nevada
- Transports an average of 67,000 passengers during citywide trade shows
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