Advisory panel backs $750M light-rail line along Maryland Parkway

Updated June 7, 2018 - 10:17 pm

An 8.7-mile light rail line should be built to quickly move transit passengers along Maryland Parkway, according to a recommendation issued Thursday by a 36-member advisory panel for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

If approved by the RTC’s board of directors in September, the $750 million light rail line could start running along Maryland by 2025 and could be funded by a mix of federal, state and local money.

The RTC’s Transportation Resource Advisory Committee and Community Collaboration, known as TRAC, selected light rail after a two-hour discussion that touched on less costly options including a set of bus rapid-transit lanes that could cost up to $335 million or a $29 million improvement project on Maryland.

“Now the hard part starts,” said Don Snyder, a former UNLV president who serves as TRAC’s chairman.

“Oftentimes these decisions are anticlimactic in terms of what work needs to be done moving forward in terms of getting the necessary funding, approvals and collaborations in place to form what needs to be done,” Snyder said. “This really clears the deck in terms of being able to start implementing the plan.”

A trip on the proposed light-rail line would start at McCarran International Airport and travel past UNLV, Sunrise Hospital and the Boulevard Mall on Maryland Parkway, cutting west on Carson Avenue through downtown Las Vegas.

From there, the route would head south on Casino Center, near the Golden Nugget hotel-casino, to the Bonneville Transit Center, where it would veer west to go past the county administrative center, Las Vegas Premium Outlets North and on to a terminus near University Medical Center.

Supporters of the project said that high-density residential and commercial projects often spring up along light-rail routes, as seen in Phoenix, Denver, San Diego, Los Angeles and other cities across the country.

RTC officials said that the proposed line’s proximity to the airport, hospitals, a mall and other businesses would be ideal for Maryland Parkway, where more than 9,000 bus riders and 35,000 vehicles travel daily.

“I just became so converted to urban light rail with regard to opportunities for economic development and redevelopment,” said Warren Hardy of the Associated Builders and Contractors, who served on the RTC advisory panel.

“It’s obviously more expensive to do, so I think we need to be mindful of that and we need to be deliberate when we talk about the advantages of this investment,” Hardy said. “I think, almost at the level of the stadium, it’s going to be a game-changer for our community.”

Contact Art Marroquin at or 702-383-0336. Find @AMarroquin_LV on Twitter.

Downtown Summerlin hosts its annual Festival of Arts
People crowd to Downtown Summerlin for the 23rd annual Summerlin Festival of Arts in Las Vegas, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Clark County educators debate alternative grading systems
Spring Valley High School principal Tam Larnerd, Spring Valley High School IB coordinator Tony Gebbia and retired high school teacher Joyce O'Day discuss alternative grading systems. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Grandparents on the fire that killed three family members
Charles and Doris Smith talk about the night an apartment fire took the lives of three of their family members. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
New York artist Bobby Jacobs donated a sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden
Bobby Jacobs, an artist from upstate New York, has spent much of the past year creating a sculpture of two separate angel wings. He donated the sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Weather will cool slightly through the end of the week
The weather will cool slightly through the end of the week., but highs are still expected to be slightly above normal for this year. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Mayor announces new public-private partnership
Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced the creation of the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, a public-private partnership that will allocate money to the city’s neediest.
Fremont9 opens downtown
Fremont9 apartment complex has opened in downtown Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Fall fairytale gets cozy at Bellagio Conservatory
Bellagio Conservatory introduces its fall-themed garden titled "Falling Asleep." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
What the house that Ted Binion died in looks like today
Casino heir Ted Binion died in this Las Vegas home in 1998. Current home owner Jane Popple spent over $600,000 to restore and modernize the home. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Rescue Mission employees terminated
Don James, a former employee for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, talks about the day his team was terminated. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Cupcakes at Freed's Bakery
Freed's Bakery will have Raiders-themed cupcakes available in store and for order during football season. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s fans say goodbye to Cashman Field
Las Vegas 51s fans said goodbye to Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Monday September, 3, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s owner Don Logan's last weekend at Cashman Field
Don Logan, owner of the Las Vegas 51s, gives a tour of Cashman Field before the team's final weekend using the field. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Metro Asst. Sheriff Brett Zimmerman on Aug. 8 officer-involved shooting
Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman met with media Monday to discuss the details of the 14th officer-involved shooting of the year. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program where community and business leaders joined to welcome students back with an inspirational welcome. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Star Trek fans on show’s enduring popularity
Star Trek fans at the Star Trek Convention 2018 talk about why they think the show has stayed popular across the years Thursday, August 2, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Nonprofit provides clothing for homeless
Sydney Grover of Can You Spare A Story?, talks about how she founded the non-profit organization. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Family remembers deceased mother
Family members of Adriann Gallegos remember her. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like