The Las Vegas Monorail is a seven-stop, elevated train system that travels along a 3.9-mile route (6.4 kilometers) and connects major hotels and attractions along the world famous Las Vegas Strip. It enables passengers to travel the length of the resort corridor in 15 minutes or less in a safe, clean, comfortable and climate-controlled environment. With trains arriving every few minutes, passengers are quickly connected to world class resorts, hotels and casinos, shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and the Las Vegas Convention Center.
It also features the first fully-automated control network system for driverless operation and incorporates fail-safe protection throughout the software and equipment, making it one of the most technologically advanced urban transportation systems in the world.
It began with a brilliant idea…The Monorail was originally envisioned as a joint venture between MGM Grand and Bally’s Hotel, with the idea to create a one-mile transportation system linking the hotels.This exciting and forward-thinking idea took flight in 1993 and soon included plans to expand to other locations along the Strip. In 1997, the State of Nevada passed Expansion plans evolved and a professional team, including Nevalegislation that enabled a private company to own, operate and charge a fare as a public Monorail system. da-based Liaise Corporation, Granite Construction Company, Gensler & Associates, Carter-Burgess and Salomon Smith Barney, was assembled to develop the Monorail system.
Bombardier Transportation, a Canadian company and one of the world’s largest transit system manufacturers experienced at turnkey operations, was contracted with operating and maintaining the trains, automatic train controls and other control subsystems.
In 2000, the nonprofit Las Vegas Monorail Company (LVMC) was formed and it acquired the original Monorail system. It is governed by its board of directors, appointed by the governor of Nevada, and led by President and CEO Curtis L. Myles III. Myles oversees the management of the Monorail day-to-day operations in addition to expansion plans.
The Las Vegas Monorail Company runs the only privately owned public transportation system in the United States. The Monorail is privately-funded, utilizing no public funds to build or operate the system. In 2010, the Las Vegas Monorail aided in the annual removal of an estimated 2.4 million vehicle miles from Southern Nevada’s major roadways, reducing emissions by more than 37 tons of carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) over the course of the year.