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What Can Las Vegas Learn From Denver's Transit System?

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Denver's transit system is becoming a model for Nevada.

As Las Vegas considers its options for expanding transit, including a possible light rail system, a group of about 50 local leaders traveled to Denver earlier this week to see what that city is doing to improve its transit.

Reporter J.D. Morris of the Las Vegas Suncovered the event. 

He said the attendees were a "hodgepodge of public and private folks," including leaders from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. 

The trip was organized by the Regional Transportation Commission, which realized a sweeping transit plan earlier this year.  

"The whole point of the trip was to do an in person case study about how Denver has gone about doing big transit investments themselves," Morris said.

Denver has a mix of light and commuter rail. One of the highlights of the trip, according to Morris, was the rail line that is set to open next month, connecting downtown Denver with the Denver International Airport about 30 minutes away. 

Something similar is under consideration in Southern Nevada, Morris said.

"They are talking about light rail from McCarran Airport all the way down the Strip and hopefully to downtown Las Vegas and maybe over Maryland Parkway as well," he said.


J.D. Morris, reporter, Las Vegas Sun

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Since June 2015, Fred has been a producer at KNPR's State of Nevada.