No to Las Vegas Light Rail

The Antiplanner is in San Antonio, the nation’s largest city not to have fallen for the rail-transit hoax. In fact, San Antonio is the epitome of a 21st-century city, since it does not pretend to have a huge downtown–only 6 percent of the region’s jobs are located in the downtown area.

Another 21st-century city, Las Vegas, has also escaped any publicly funded rail transit but some would like to change that. The Antiplanner commented on this proposal a couple of months ago, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal published a similar commentary yesterday. I hope that city can avoid the mistakes made by Denver, Phoenix, and Salt Lake.


4 thoughts on “No to Las Vegas Light Rail

  1. irandom

    Wow, someone actually noticed that downtown jobs suck. Especially, for 24×7 operations. Also trying to balance the subsidized bus schedule with paying to park for shifts you don’t normally work. I got a clue for this downtown compulsion awhile back, apparently executives want their company name out there, so offices located next to street people urinating helps potential customers make positive associations. I remember visiting a rather expensive work clothes retailer that never updated styles since the 50’s and I always remember the syringes stuck around the windows.

  2. Dave Brough

    In his op-ed, #4 of the Antiplanner’s reasons why Las Vegas should turn down light rail (“The federal government has stopped funding it”) may work most everywhere else, but here we have an ace up our sleeves: the suck…ah, visitors (44 million last year) that come, stay and get fleeced, if not at the gambling halls, through ever increasing hotel, rental car and other fees and taxes.
    Heck, they just bought us a $1.9B stadium to house the football team we stole from Oakland. What’s another billion or so for a light rail line that, according to a recent survey, less than 1% of airport customers said they’d ever use?
    I think the bigger issue is tolerating a busy, polluting airport in the middle of an expanding city where there’s plenty of opportunity for things to go wrong in a big way. This is especially so when, years ago, the same bunch that run the place bought a new site on a dry lake bed 20 miles south.
    One thing Las Vegas is known for is reinventing itself: here’s an ideal opportunity.

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