The Problem with the Las Vegas Monorail, Rendered Condescendingly in Several Bullets

  • It’s not legitimate mass transit.
  • It’s an extension of an inter-casino shuttle. Their primary market is casino tourists.
  • Vegas has tons of shuttles like that. When I was there in ’07 I rode the one connecting Mandalay Bay to Excalibur. It was very nice and very convenient.
  • It’s still not legitimate mass transit.
  • The monorail only serves one side of the Strip. The Strip is not flanked by casinos on one side. It is flanked by casinos on two sides.
  • More importantly, it serves the back of one side. Makes connecting to surface transit on the street known officially as Las Vegas Boulevard quite difficult.
  • It does not function as legitimate mass transit.
  • There is still no connection to McCarran Airport.
  • There is still no connection to Downtown.
  • There is still no connection to anyplace anywhere that’s not The East Side Of The Strip, or any major employment center that is not The East Side Of The Strip.
  • There is no reason for anyone who actually lives in Las Vegas to ride the monorail.
  • Therefore the only people who actually ride the monorail are casino tourists.
  • Specifically, casino tourists on the east side of the Strip who need to be elsewhere on the east side of the Strip.
  • That is not a big market. That is why the monorail has in the past flirted with or gone into bankruptcy.
  • That is also why the monorail is in roughly the same category as your average heritage tramway.
  • …and is not legitimate mass transit.
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About theoditsek

I like going places.
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2 Responses to The Problem with the Las Vegas Monorail, Rendered Condescendingly in Several Bullets

  1. Zac says:

    Why not make your own Las Vegas Monorail fantasy extension? That would be cool to see.

    • theoditsek says:

      After some thought…

      South to Airport & Henderson; north to Downtown, North LV, & Nellis; west to Summerlin; east to Winchester. Unsure about specifics just yet.

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