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August 1, 2014

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Bill to create light-rail system in Las Vegas Valley resurfaces

CARSON CITY – Local governments in Clark County and the state's Transportation Department would be required to work together to establish a light-rail system path from Henderson to North Las Vegas under a bill in the Senate.

The measure, Senate Bill 151 introduced Wednesday by Sen. Mike Schneider, D-Las Vegas, would also require governments “to the extent practicable” to acquire the necessary right of way for the project.

"Once they get it all planned, it would require a vote of the people to issue the bonds," Schneider said. He didn't have an estimate of the cost, "but I know they are not cheap," he said.

“The good news is we know where everybody is going (for the proposed route). It’s that four-mile stretch on the Strip,” he said.

Schneider said a light-rail system through the valley would also take traffic off Southern Nevada roads. (Map of the proposed route in 2009.)

"You know this time of year we are in non-containment with our air quality with our inversions," he said.

Schneider also pitched a light-rail bill during the 2009 Legislature, but it died without reaching the Senate floor.

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  1. Why does this bill need to progress? All it would do is create a bureaucracy to investigate and do nothing because the financing will never be in place in the foreseeable future and the mess of the monorail is yet to be decided.
    Let us just pass a bill that requires the state to investigate jet-packs as a transport method?

  2. So many bills, so little work, so few of merit passed. I'd just like to see mass transportation improved in the state.

  3. FRM. Do you have documents to back up your statement or are you just spouting unfounded nonsense?

    VegasVeniceDude.

    There was no vote of city taxpayers about the monorail, IT IS NOT IN THE CITY. The City Council had nothing to do with the monorail. The Airport also is not in the city.

    I know, facts get in the way of good rants on the Internet.

    The rail system will not work in Vegas. People here want to drive their cars. Better to debate with facts then bogus statements though if you want people to take you serious.

  4. A light rail system up and down the center of the strip (as opposed to behind the strip) would be a boon to the area. Tourists would absolutely use it. There should also be spurs going to places like the Palms and the Orleans. You don't need a bill, you don't need an environmental study, just start doing the design.

  5. I would much rather drive my own car than take the train. What do you do once you get off the train? You can only go as far as your willing to walk from the drop point. I can see it going up and down the strip. However, it's not practical and won't make any money. Plus, a lot of taxi/limo jobs would be lost.

  6. Let's see, we don't have enough money to fund government so let's borrow more money for a cho cho on the strip. This Bill shouldn't stand a chance of going anywhere.

  7. I'd use it. Driving in this city scares me.

  8. Waste of money. It would require us to reduce funding to welfare services, health care and education in order to prop it up because it won't even be able to cover its own operating cost let alone repay its debt.

  9. I would generally be in favor of an infrastructure project like this, but in this case I have to go with P_R_Gibbons.

    First, it would only be of benefit if it were to move people from home to work. Second, it seems vulnerable to political favoritism depending on the route. Third, we have too many other areas that are much more important that lack funding already.

    I think that whatever transportation needs this is intended to address could be handled better by adjusting existing bus service. We have only to look at how the taxi companies screwed us on the monorail to see how this would turn out once other special interests got involved.

  10. Could it be that Harrah's is behind this? They do own all the properties on both sides of the strip for a whole block...

  11. Since this light rail system benefits mainly the Casinos, how about a $ 7.00 a day Parking Tax on their lots to help pay for it. Just run it down Las Vegas Blvd from Nellis AFB to the "M" Casino, with a spur to the Palm Casino, UNLV, the Airport and Henderson. The Casinos could subsidize their Employees for Light Rail use to get to work by purchasing monthly passes.