Las Vegas Monorail carries over 4.9 million people every year. The Monorail is completely electric and runs zero emissions trains. Additionally, the Monorail carries an average of 67,000 passengers during citywide trade shows, which would equal 22,334 taxi trips per show.
In 2016, the Las Vegas Monorail aided in the annual removal of an estimated 2.2 million vehicle miles from Southern Nevada’s major roadways. 2.3 million miles is equal to more than 9 trips to the moon.
The Monorail is also responsible for reducing emissions by more than 28.7 tons of carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) over the course of the year.
Carbon monoxide is the most commonly produced emission by roadway vehicles. Heavy concentrations can be found in cities with high populations of commuters. Volatile organic compounds are toxic and have been linked to cancer. Finally, when nitrogen oxides are released into the environment they create reactions in the ozone that can lead to acid rain and damage to the earth’s delicate ecosystems.
In just one year, the Las Vegas Monorail is responsible for removing the equivalent of 23 black rhinoceros of these types of emissions.
The Las Vegas Monorail uses regenerative braking, which saves significant power consumption. Regenerative breaking works by storing the excess energy that accumulates when Monorail train cars are slowed. At times, the use of this system can save up to 20%.