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Postby freddiefreelance » Wed Jun 30, 2004 9:53 am

We have a date! July 14th is the soft opening, July 15th is the Grand Opening for the public. I'm hoping to be in Vegas before the end of Summer to ride it & walk around some of the old Vegas before it's bulldozed...
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Postby Futura Girl » Sat Jul 17, 2004 1:28 pm

did it actually really truly finally open?

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Postby I_LUV_POWER!!!! » Wed Aug 11, 2004 10:49 am

Here's some pretty good coverage with lots of pix: http://monorails.org/tMspages/LVO1.html

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Postby hiltiki » Fri Aug 13, 2004 5:54 pm

I was there this weekend , and took the monorail from Excalibur to Mandalay Bay. It was great, fast and comfortable. Saved me a lot of walking in 106 degrees of heat. I did not see the rest of them.

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Will the Monorail ever work?

Postby lasvegaslynn » Wed Sep 08, 2004 4:38 pm

The Monorail, which had been closed since last Wednesday, reopened on the day after Labor Day (yesterday). This morning another piece fell off during operating hours. This is the third incident of falling pieces since January.

The Monorail is now closed again. Inspectors from Virginia who were returning home have been asked to return. The County wants their inspectors to have a look as well. Plus, there is now talk of changing the route and/or the cosmetics of the track so that if pieces continue to fall off the public won't possibly be killed.

The best part, Todd Walker says these things are bound to happen when an operation this size is so new.

The Disneyland monorail has been running for how many years without pieces falling off?????
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Postby L.A.kevin » Thu Sep 09, 2004 8:13 am

Disneyland doesn't have to report saftey incidences with as much rigor as a government organization does. They also do a pretty good job of hushing up and destroying evidence when a member of the general public gets killed on one of their rides. Example: a cleat pulled out of the pier on the steamboat ride a few years back. Killed a guest and severely injured another guest and a "cast member. " Then, Disney employees- er, "cast members" completely scrubbed the accident scene before police could investigate.

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http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/West/09/05/c ... land.reut/

http://www.mouseplanet.com/btmrr_accident/

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Postby I_LUV_POWER!!!! » Sun Sep 26, 2004 3:40 pm

As has been reported at monorails.org the new monorail has been closed for weeks due to falling parts. Has anyone heard when it will reopen?

I have to go to Vegas within a few weeks, and I'd hate to miss the monorail.

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Postby sky » Tue Nov 23, 2004 7:45 am

I remember riding some sort of train between Ballys and MGM (old MGM to new MGM) two years ago. That's not part of this same system, is it? I remember thinking it was kind of shabby then.

I have a conference in the Sindy City next week (Department of Education; your tax dollars at work). Any current inside information (new stuff to see and do, point spreads for a big game, and so on) would be much appreciated.

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Postby I_LUV_POWER!!!! » Thu Jan 13, 2005 1:34 pm

It's finally running!

http://monorails.org/tMspages/News.html

Anyone been on it?

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Postby I_LUV_POWER!!!! » Sat Dec 31, 2005 5:58 pm

[quote="Futura Girl"]I have not ridden the monorail yet, because for me paying $9 for a roundtrip novelty ride seems excessive. It's different of course when you're on vacation, but for me as a local, it just seems crazy, when i can jump in my car for much less.

Anyway, this has all changed now. Monorail officials announced a few weeks ago that they are reducing fares for locals!

[quote]

Geeze (am I allowed to say gezze here?), I recall the pre-opening announcements saying it would cost $3-4 for a roundtrip.

As a tourist, it would be more expedient to take the bus up the Strip. It's cheaper, and you get off at the casino/hotel entrances.

When I was last in Vegas in summer 2003, one of the older monorails was being rerouted. (I think it connected the Bellagio with another.) Did that reopen??

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Postby Satan's Sin » Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:06 am

Just got back from Vegas. Yes, they are lowering fares for locals ... but raising them for tourists.

Ridership has not met projections. Raising fares isn't going to help.

Monorail pluses:

Its beautiful, retro-futuristic look.

Monorail minuses:

Its absolute pain-in-the-ass way of making you go through the deepest bowels of casino/shopping malls to get on and off the monorail. It really makes going up and down the Strip a whole lotta trouble.

That double-decker bus (the "deuce?") that goes up and down the Strip is far more convenient, far cheaper.

I don't think this monorail will make it.

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Ray Bradbury is still advocating monorails (Suday L.A. Times

Postby I_LUV_POWER!!!! » Mon Feb 06, 2006 6:21 pm

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/sun ... ary/la-op-
bradbury5feb0506921963.story?coll=la-home-sunday-opinion>

L.A.'s future is up in the air
By Ray Bradbury

RAY BRADBURY is the author of "The Martian Chronicles," "Fahrenheit 451" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes," among other books.

February 5, 2006

SOMETIME IN THE next five years, traffic all across L.A. will freeze.

The freeways that were once a fast-moving way to get from one part of the city to another will become part of a slow-moving glacier, edging down the hills to nowhere.

In recent years we've all experienced the beginnings of this. A trip from the Valley into Los Angeles that used to take half an hour — all of a sudden it takes an hour or two or three.

Our warning system tells us something must be done before our freeways trap us in the outlying districts, unable to get to our jobs.

In recent months there has been talk of yet another subway, one that would run between downtown L.A. and Santa Monica. That would be a disaster.

A single transit line will not answer our problems; we must lay plans for a
series of transportation systems that would allow us to move freely, once more, within our city.

The answer to all this is the monorail. Let me explain.

More than 40 years ago, in 1963, I attended a meeting of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors at which the Alweg Monorail company outlined a plan to construct one or more monorails crossing L.A. north, south, east and west. The company said that if it were allowed to build the system, it would give the monorails to us for free — absolutely gratis. The company would operate the system and collect the fare revenues.

It seemed a reasonable bargain to me. But at the end of a long day of
discussion, the Board of Supervisors rejected Alweg Monorail.

I was stunned. I dimly saw, even at that time, the future of freeways, which would, in the end, go nowhere.

At the end of the afternoon, I asked for three minutes to testify. I took the
microphone and said, "To paraphrase Winston Churchill, rarely have so many owed so little to so few." I was conducted out of the meeting.

In a panic at what I saw as a disaster, I offered my services to the Alweg
Monorail people for the next year.

During the following 12 months I lectured in almost every major area of L.A., at open forums and libraries, to tell people about the promise of the monorail. But at the end of that year nothing was done.

Forty years have passed, and more than ever we need an open discussion of our future. If we examine the history of subways, we will find how tremendously expensive and destructive they are.

They are, first of all, meant for cold climates such as Toronto, New York,
London, Paris, Moscow and Tokyo. But L.A. is a Mediterranean area; our weather is sublime, and people are accustomed to traveling in the open air and enjoying the sunshine, not in closed cars under the ground.

Subways take forever to build and, because the tunnels have to be excavated, are incredibly expensive. The cost of one subway line would build 10 monorail systems.

Along the way, subway construction destroys businesses by the scores. The history of the subway from East L.A. to the Valley is a history of ruined businesses and upended lives.

The monorail is extraordinary in that it can be built elsewhere and then carried in and installed in mid-street with little confusion and no destruction of businesses.

In a matter
of a few months, a line could be built from Long Beach all the way along Western Avenue to the mountains with little disturbance to citizens and no threat to local businesses.

Compared to the heavy elevateds of the past, the monorail is virtually
soundless. Anyone who has ridden the Disneyland or Seattle monorails knows how quietly they move.

They also have been virtually accident-free. The history of the monorail shows few collisions or fatalities. If we constructed monorails running north and south on Vermont, Western, Crenshaw and Broadway, and similar lines running east and west on Washington, Pico, Wilshire, Santa Monica and Sunset, we would have provided a proper cross
section of transportation, allowing people to move anywhere in our city at any time.

There you have it. As soon as possible, we must call in one of the world's
monorail-building companies to see what could be done so that the first ones could be in position by the end of the year to help our huddled traffic masses yearning to travel freely.

The freeway is the past, the monorail is our future, above and beyond.

Let the debate begin.

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Postby I_LUV_POWER!!!! » Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:22 pm

3/23 - Plans For A Monorail On Wilshire Blvd.


Yesterday, advocates of a monorail system in L.A. appeared on the KTLA Morning News.


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Postby Futura Girl » Fri Mar 24, 2006 5:40 pm

a monorail in l.a. - that is a wild dream come true.

hey ross - did you see my avatar on myspace?

i saw a fire on the monorail track and pulled over and took a picture of it. i reported it to the local news and the a.p. wire, but no one reported the story. AND it was on a slow news day - sunday.

guess they don't want anymore bad press for the monorail in vegas?

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Postby I_LUV_POWER!!!! » Sun Mar 26, 2006 8:28 pm

I just saw the picture now, wow!! I hope Bombardier (sp?), who built the monorail in Vegas, doesn't get the contract for the Wilshire monorail--IF the plan gets that far.

I read that the debacle in Vegas was not good publicity for the proposed monorail expansion in Seattle.

My internet access is still limited, so I just noticed that picture now. I assume it's recent?

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