Senate Bill 151 passed in the Nevada Legislature requires transportation commission's in counties in Nevada with a population of 700,000 or more to come up with an authority and plan to develop light rail transportation. The bill would only impact Clark County and isn't the first time light rail has been discussed in souther Nevada. We talk with the bill's author, Senator Mike Schneider and transportation consultant, Tom Skancke about what a light rail would look like in Las Vegas and if it is realistic in Nevada's economic climate.
Sen Mike Schneider, D-Las Vegas
Tom Skancke, Pres and CEO, Skancke Company
I think light rail is heavily needed in the valley because of our growing population, as well as the expansion of the monorail. Both the light rail and the monorail could coexist and we shouldn't go for either/or. We need to get every alternative mode of transportation that we can get.Marcos –Feb 5, 2012 15:43:38 PM
Am I the only one who think's it is obvious to expand the monorail?
Expand it to UNLV, airport, then downtown Henderson (Water street), North Las Vegas (Speed Way) and NW (Mt Charleston turn-off). With stops on top of each of the major intersections. Each of the on-off ramps have room to add parking lots in the triangles.DAVID MUZO –Jun 6, 2011 16:41:37 PM
I lived in Portland Oregon for years. I loved the light rail system. I was even able to better afford college by not having to own a car by riding the rail and renting a cheaper apartment outside of downtown.
But I have heard that although Portland's is very popular and extraordinarily efficient it has never paid for itself. Christine –Jun 6, 2011 10:16:41 AM