As thousands of visitors choose the Las Vegas Monorail to travel the Las Vegas Strip everyday, the Monorail’s operation technicians are continually working hard behind the scenes to ensure that the system runs efficiently and effectively. Below is the inside track behind the operation of this 3.9 mile system that carried its 55 millionth rider in May 2013.
OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE CONTRACTOR
Bombardier Transportation is contracted to operate and maintain the Las Vegas Monorail system. In January 2009, they received the first 5-year option order to continue to operate the system. With over 35 years of operations and maintenance (O&M) experience, Bombardier provides a comprehensive range of O&M services for fully automated systems in cities around the world. These include Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, Newark, New Jersey, New York, Orlando, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Tampa, and Seattle, USA; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Beijing, China; Frankfurt, London, Madrid, and Rome, Europe; and coming soon to Yongin, Korea. For more information about Bombardier Transportation visit their site.
Las Vegas Monorail…
- has carried more than 60 million riders since opening in 2004;
- has an in-service rate of more than 99 percent;
- carries an average of 67,000 passengers during citywide tradeshows, which would equal 22,334 taxi trips per show (estimating three people per taxi trip) or 1,218 55-passenger bus trips per show;
- ranks among the best rail systems in the country in terms of the amount of money collected from fares per mile, the number of riders carried per mile and farebox recovery percentage (statistics provided by National Transit Database).
Las Vegas Monorail trains…
- utilize 36 Bombardier Innovia 200 cars – nine trains with four cars each;
- are climate-controlled and contain 72 seats, with standing room for an additional 152 riders per train;
- glide on a single rail 30 feet above the ground on average, with a high point that towers 60 feet above the Las Vegas Convention Center pedestrian walkway;
- operate on more than 21,120 feet of track;
- utilize a suspension and guidance subsystem to provide stable lateral support;
- employ an automatic train control (ATC) system that allows for driverless operation;
- have one of the smallest footprints of any elevated train systems, with a 26-inch-wide running surface.
Las Vegas Monorail…
- is completely electric and runs zero emissions trains;
- aided in the annual removal of an estimated 1.9 million vehicle miles from Southern Nevada’s major roadways in 2013, reducing emissions by more than 24 tons of carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) over the course of the year.