Good old Kim Pedersen....what was that? The Termite? And his backyard monorail is super cool!
This is a good thing. It'll be especially nice when it connects with the airport. Traffic on the strip stinks. I wonder if they'll offer a casino-hooper pop at some point. (note: Just answered my own question: http://www.lvmonorail.com/ride_01_gettickets.php)*** This post was edited by janfrederick 7/20/2004 11:01:19 AM ***
What's really scary is that I saw a whole bunch of photos from the Monorail Society of the Las Vegas Monorail. They had pictures from every stop, as well as four of the themed trains. And you thought we had a weird hobby.
Ridership was well ahead of projections on the first day of operation; it will be interesting to see if the numbers hold. It's also worth noting that the Las Vegas Monorail operates WITHOUT a government subsidy. To the best of my knowledge, there is only one other public transit rail system in the USA that does that: the Seattle Monorail. Coincidence?
janfrederick, Kim Pedersen built not only the Termite, but also the earlier Lily Street Lightning if I remember correctly. And there is extensive coverage of his Niles Monorail (not to mention the new Las Vegas monorail) on the MONORAIL society web site.
I'll be very happy once the monorail extends to McCarran and to Downtown. We almost always stay Downtown when we go to Vegas, with one day trip to the strip. The three day pass, even at $40, is much better than taxi fare.
Jimmybob, they're probably pretty quiet...they run on electric motors...as for the track bending...extremely doubtful since it's concrete.
I agree completely, CPLady...but if I heard right, it'll be another 4 years or so - if projections (both ridership and planning) are correct*** This post was edited by redman822 7/20/2004 11:01:37 PM ***
jimmybob, The track is capable of bending. The switches use bendable track in order to connect two routes of track to one. There is a photo of a switch at the Monorail Society's website. http://www.monorails.org/tMspages/LVO1.html
Also monorails are actually very quiet or at least the ones I've had the pleasure to ride. They are 100x less noisy than your average subway train.