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Monorail: Downtown Expansion Axed

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 26th January 2005 11:54pm
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Plans to extend the Las Vegas monorail to the downtown area have been scrapped because the federal government won't provide money for the nearly $400 million project.

Ingrid Reisman, a spokeswoman for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, said Wednesday that low ridership on the troubled first phase of the monorail was a factor.

The monorail began running a 3.9-mile, Z-shaped route in July behind some of the Las Vegas Strip's largest hotels and plans called for a 2.3-mile extension.

Organizers had hoped the $650 million monorail would cover its debts and operating budget by attracting 19 million to 20 million people riders a year. But mechanical problems shut down the monorail for nearly four months before it finally reopened in late December.



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