LAS VEGAS MONORAIL CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AS SOUTHERN NEVADA’S “GREEN” TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
Monorail Reduced Local Emissions by 58 Tons of Carbon Monoxide and Replaced 3.2 Million Vehicle Miles in 2007
In honor of Earth Day, April 22, the Las Vegas Monorail Company is promoting the electric, zero-emissions transportation system to eco-minded Las Vegas visitors as an alternative to traditional automobile and mass transit. Savvy travelers can support an earth-friendly initiative to reduce traffic and pollution simply by riding the Monorail to reach their destinations along the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.
“The Las Vegas Strip has been at capacity since the mid 1990s, and as a transportation provider, we recognize the need for transit solutions that address both congestion and pollution. As a ‘green’ transportation solution, the Monorail provides an ongoing means of helping to promote a healthy and sustainable planet through its zero-emissions design,” said Ingrid Reisman, vice president of corporate communications for the Las Vegas Monorail Company. “It is our responsibility to embrace initiatives for cleaner air. We are doing just that with our system today, and will have an even greater positive impact with our airport expansion.”
The Las Vegas Monorail is manufactured and operated by Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology that has been a vital player in contributing to the business landscape and transportation infrastructure of Las Vegas for more than 20 years.
“Using the latest innovation in rail technology, Bombardier is proud to operate the Las Vegas Monorail system for the city’s visitors as an eco-friendly transportation option,” said Stephen Stowe, general manager of operations, maintenance and monorails for the Total Transit Systems Division of Bombardier Transportation.
“With the Strip’s growing mobility concerns and the ever-increasing need for more transportation options, the Monorail’s current fleet of nine four-car trains incorporates state-of-the-art technological advances that assist in relieving congested roadways, while helping our environment.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation notes that “clean” modes of transportation, like the Monorail, are at the top of its recommendations for effective ways to reduce pollution. In fact, a transportation model statistic calculated by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada indicates that the Las Vegas Monorail reduced emissions in 2007 by more than 58 tons of carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), based on the number of Monorail passengers in 2007. The system also replaced more than 3.2 million vehicle miles traveled during 2007 alone.
ABOUT THE LAS VEGAS MONORAIL
The Las Vegas Monorail is an exciting and convenient connection to the Las Vegas Strip, linking riders to the city’s world-class restaurants, shows, shops, clubs, hotels and casinos. In 15 minutes or less, Monorail riders can travel the legendary Las Vegas Strip in a safe, clean and comfortable environment – without the hassles of traffic or wasted time. The privately funded Monorail system has seven stations: MGM Grand; Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas; Flamingo/Caesars Palace; Harrah’s/Imperial Palace; Las Vegas Convention Center; Las Vegas Hilton; and the Sahara. As one of the nation’s most environmentally friendly public transportation systems, the Monorail’s electric, zero-emission trains meet more than 99 percent of their scheduled stops on time. For more information on the Las Vegas Monorail or where to purchase tickets, call (866) 4-MONORAIL or (866) 466-6672; visit www.lvmonorail.com; or pick up a Monorail Magazine, available at all Monorail stations.