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September 19, 2014

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Senator wants light rail system in Clark County

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CARSON CITY – State Sen. Michael Schneider is pushing a plan for a Clark County light rail system.

“The ridership on rails is greater than on buses,” said Schneider, D-Las Vegas, adding that it’s needed to relieve Las Vegas Valley traffic jams.

He has asked for a bill to be drafted for the 2009 Legislature to require cities and Clark County to work together to use existing rights of way for the rail system. An existing rail spur passes through Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas. It also passes McCarran International Airport.

Schneider has been working with the Regional Transportation Commission on the bill.

Rail systems in Salt Lake City, San Diego and San Francisco are successful and Schneider said he thinks Southern Nevada is ready for a similar project.

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