Monorail Background and Facts
Las Vegas Monorail

Background
The current monorail project grew from an earlier transit venture between the MGM Grand and Bally's Hotel in 1993. That year the casinos announced a joint operation, under the name MGM Grand/Bally's, LLC, to construct a one-mile long monorail system that connected the two properties. At that time it was proposed that the project be expanded some day. The forward vision included a transportation project that eventually linked numerous hotels with the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In January 1997, state legislation was passed allowing Clark County to grant a monorail franchise for the private sector to own, operate and charge a fare for a public monorail system. The Monorail LLC requested proposals for expanding their existing system, eventually granting the project to the Las Vegas Monorail Team, assembled and coordinated by Nevada-based Liaise Corporation and made up of Bombardier Transportation and the Granite Construction Company, Gensler & Associates, Carter-Burgess, and Salomon Smith Barney.

The Las Vegas Monorail Company, which owns the new monorail, was created in May 2000 as a non-profit corporation. It acquired the original monorail system along with MGM's-Bally's Monorail, LLC. Transit System Management was created by MGM/Mirage and Park Place Entertainment and is responsible for overseeing and managing the design and day-to-day operations of the monorail. The Las Vegas Monorail Company Board of Directors is made up of five members appointed by the Governor of Nevada. MGM/Mirage and Park Place Entertainment were the two original corporations that contributed seed capital and resources to explore the feasibility of a large-scale monorail project, and to begin its initial development.

Monorail Facts
The rail line consists of nine trains each made up of four cars, for a total of 36 new Bombardier M-VI cars. Each is fully air-conditioned and utilizes a suspension and guidance subsystem to provide stable lateral support. The monorail employs an automatic train control (ATC) system that allows for driverless operation.

  • Estimates indicate the monorail will carry 20 million people in its first year. It will be able to handle 4,000 passengers each way per hour.
  • It operates for more than 12 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • The M-VI system is the second generation of the Mark VI monorail, one of the safest in the world. There has never been a passenger fatality or serious injury.
  • The cars have the smallest footprint of any elevated transit system, with a narrow 26-inch wide running surface.
  • The M-VI system is one of the most cost efficient systems in the world.
  • The system meets every applicable code and safety standard for mass transit use.

 

Cars seat 72 passengers with comfortable space for an additional 152 standees.

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