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Fremont Street zip line may expand, become permanent

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Las Vegas City Councilmen Ricki Barlow and Steve Ross ride the Fremont Street Experience Zip Line in October 2010.

Downtown zip line looks to expand

KSNV coverage of the zip line operation that may become a permanent Fremont Street Experience attraction. Sept. 29, 2011.

Fremont Street Experience zip line

Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross zooms 800 feet down the Fremont Street Experience Zip Line on Thursday.
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Fremont Street Flightlinez, the zip-line ride that soars over the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas, has been so successful in its first year of operation that officials are looking to expand it.

Jeff Victor, president of the Fremont Street Experience, said the board has approved an engineering study to determine the feasibility of making the attraction permanent and expanding it to include two landing pads rather than one.

The ride currently launches from a 67-foot-tall metal scaffolding tower connected to four zip lines that run halfway down the Fremont Street Experience, about 800 feet. A permanent line would have a taller takeoff tower and run close to 1,600 feet, the length of the tourist promenade, with a second landing pad near the Plaza Hotel. Riders could choose whether they want to whip down the entire length, half of it, or both.

“Right now, expanding is a fun idea,” Victor said. “There’s a goal in mind, and we’ll see if we can get there. We don’t have a gun to our heads, but we’d like to have at least a portion of it up and running by spring.”

Riders could be testing out the new equipment as early as February, Victor said.

The city of Las Vegas recently approved a temporary permit for Flightlinez that allows it to operate for another year, but it would need new approval if it were made permanent.

Bootleg Canyon Flightlines operates the ride. Victor said that could change if the attraction grows. The company operates zip lines in Boulder City and has built rides around the world. Staff said this week they had no knowledge of Victor’s plans.

“We’re exploring all our options going forward,” Victor said. “It could be BC Flightlines, it could be a different company, it could be us.”

No matter who is in charge, officials want to keep prices low, Victor said. Rides cost $15 before 6 p.m. and $20 after 6 p.m. An expansion would carry a multimillion-dollar price tag.

The zip line has been wildly popular since it opened in October. Adults, children, City Council members and even Elvis impersonators have lined up to fly under the Fremont Street digital canopy.

“It has been a real crowd pleaser,” Victor said. “It’s a really unique environment and an experience not very many people have done. We’re very confident this is a good fit.”

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  1. Good to see something working downtown.

  2. The zip line is a lot of fun and gives a very unique view of fremont street.

    It is a good idea to expand it. It would also be good to have another platform for tourists to see the street from up high.

    It is great for people watching!

  3. It would be nice and unusual if Fremont Street Experience and the city of Las Vegas would work together on this, and not screw the current operator in the process. Right now, it sounds like Jeff Victor of FSE wants to build his own bigger better zipline and push out the current zipline operator, who really invented and perfected this system on other sites like Boulder City and then agreed to set it up on Fremont Street on a trial basis. Work together with this operator who knows the technology so that it works well! Victor is looking to make all the money for FSE and squeeze out this operator--not cool. He has been there for months taking the risk and sponsoring every fundraisrer that the community wanted. Let him in on the new and improved project too!

  4. Its been fun to see how sucessful this ride has been. I think making it longer is a great idea. When it first opened I tried it out and I had two complaints. 1.) When you buy your ticket you go to the top of a parking garage to wait in line. At the time there was no restroom up there. Like most people on fremont we were drinking so during the 45 minutes in line we needed a restroom. 2.) It was too short. This will solve that. So in closing I say its a great attraction and with the two improvements it should be there for many years to come.

  5. Are they going to expand it to the airport?
    OOPS I guess that's the plan for the tram!

  6. Where is Bob Stupak when you need him? Can you imagine a zip line down from the Stratosphere? A gentle enough slope and we could traverse the entire strip!

  7. Will the supports be in the way all the way down the street now?

  8. Yeah Victor, kick out the guy who took all the risk and take the profits. Then we can call you Vulture!