Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 | 8:39 a.m.
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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.