September 17, 2017 - 9:30 am
Locals planning to watch the Golden Knights play at home had better plan to arrive early at T-Mobile Arena and stay late after the game.
Driving to the game? You might want to pay for parking in advance to ensure a reserved space for your vehicle.
That’s the advice coming from the Golden Knights, MGM Resorts International and local transit agencies, who have spent months crafting a parking and transportation plan for game nights at T-Mobile Arena.
The strategy will be put to the test Sept. 26, when the Golden Knights play their first preseason home game against the Los Angeles Kings.
“Don’t wait to leave your house 30 minutes before the puck drops and think that you’ll make it to the game on time, because that’s just a recipe for disaster,” said Gordon Absher, a vice president with MGM Resorts International.
“People are paying good money for their seats,” Absher said. “They shouldn’t ruin it by starting with a troublesome commute.”
Absher warned that driving to T-Mobile Arena for a hockey game will be a “far more different experience” than attending a concert because the audience will be primarily comprised of local residents who will drive to the game.
A traffic analyst hired by MGM Resorts found that 52 percent of concert-goers walk to T-Mobile Arena, primarily tourists staying at nearby hotels on the Strip. Another 31 percent drive to concerts at the arena, 10 percent use a ride-hailing service like Uber or Lyft and 7 percent catch a taxi.
The number of cars headed to T-Mobile Arena is expected to double on hockey game days, which shouldn’t be a surprise given the fact that the Golden Knights sold roughly 14,000 season tickets for its inaugural season at the 17,500-seat venue.
About 60 percent of people attending hockey games will opt to drive, while 21 percent will walk, according to MGM’s traffic analysis.
Another 8 percent will use a ride-hailing service, 7 percent will ride a taxi and 4 percent are expected to use a new shuttle service that will be offered by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.
Representatives with the RTC and Golden Knights said they are still mapping out routes and times for the new T-Mobile Express Route to provide an inexpensive ride to home games. The bus will stop at the northwest corner of the Excalibur garage, adjacent to a designated ride-share stop for game days.
And let’s not forget that you have to pay to park at the MGM-owned Strip hotels closest to T-Mobile Arena — and the prices significantly jump for special events like hockey games.
Prepaid parking costs $13 at the MGM Grand and Excalibur parking garages, or $18 at New York-New York and Aria, and may be purchased online only at lasvegas.parkmobile.com. A $2 service fee will be added.
Day of game parking jumps to $25 at Excalibur and $20 at MGM Grand. Fans will be shut out of game day parking at New York-New York and Aria.
Hockey fans could also opt to park farther down the Strip and hop aboard the Las Vegas Monorail to the terminus at MGM Grand. Locals pay $1 per ride on the monorail, while single-ride fares start at $5 for everyone else.
“The locals who already drive here for concerts know what to expect up to an extent,” Absher said. “But we really mean it this time when we say that people will need to travel smart and park smart.”
Temporary paratransit service
Jack from Las Vegas wanted to know how people with short-term injuries can gain access to the Paratransit Temporary Services program offered by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.
Recently, the average wait time for an appointment was three weeks to determine whether someone is eligible for the program, RTC spokeswoman Angela Castro said. The criteria for eligibility is based on the same federal guidelines, along with an assessment of what types of barriers an applicant might face when using public transportation.
A doctor’s diagnosis may be considered, but it isn’t required. Those who are denied services may file an appeal, Castro said.
Road paving planned
Allen from Las Vegas noticed some orange cones placed along Charleston Boulevard near Buffalo Drive in the west valley and wanted to know what type of work was being planned.
Charleston will be repaved between Town Center Drive and Rainbow Boulevard, Las Vegas city spokeswoman Margaret Kurtz said. Plans also call for sidewalk ramp upgrades and some repairs to utility manholes.
Work is expected to wrap up by February.
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Road work ahead
■ Northbound Interstate 15 will be restricted between U.S. Highway 95 and D Street for overnight work from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Crews are repairing bridge cracks.
■ Southbound Interstate 15 will be restricted between U.S. Highway 95 and D Street for overnight work from 9 p.m. Thursday to 4 a.m. Friday. Crews are repairing bridge cracks.
■ Washington Avenue is restricted between Robin Street and Rancho Drive through Oct. 19. Crews are working on a channel project.
■ Washington Avenue is restricted between Rainbow and Decatur boulevards from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through first week of December. Crews are laying new pavement and adding medians.
■ Main Street is restricted between Fremont Street and Ogden Avenue through Dec. 20. Crews are demolishing a building.
■ Ninth Street is closed between Carson and Main streets through Dec. 31. Crews are installing water and sewer lines.
■ U.S. Highway 95 is restricted between Rancho Road and just east of Interstate 15 through January 2018. Crews are building a new flyover ramp for high-occupancy vehicles as part of Project Neon.
■ The Martin Luther King Boulevard onramp to northbound Interstate 15 is closed through January 2018. Crews are building a carpool ramp.
■ The ramp connecting southbound U.S. Highway 95 to northbound Interstate 15 is closed through January 2018. Crews are building a carpool ramp.
■ Main Street is restricted between Bonneville Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard through May 2018. Crews are working on a storm drain.
■ Sections of Bonneville Avenue, Charleston Boulevard, Grand Central Parkway and Martin Luther King Boulevard will have closed or disrupted lanes surrounding the Spaghetti Bowl as crews work on Project Neon through July 2018.
■ Eastern Avenue is restricted between Flamingo Road and Tompkins Avenue through Sept. 29. Crews are doing sewer work.
■ Fort Apache Road is restricted between Sunset and Post roads through Oct. 31. Crews are doing sewer work.
■ Sunset Road is restricted between Fort Apache Road and Ivesdale Street through Oct. 31. Crews are doing sewer work.
■ Appaloosa Road is restricted between Wagonwheel Drive and Rawhide Drive through late October. Crews are installing a storm drain.
■ Center Street is restricted between Burkholder Boulevard and Lake Mead Parkway through June 2018. Crews are making various road improvements.
North Las Vegas
■ Nellis Boulevard is restricted between Cheyenne Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays through July 2018. Crews are installing sewer pipes.
The average gasoline price Friday in the Las Vegas Valley was $2.73 per gallon. It was $2.79 in Nevada. The national average of $2.64 is down 3 cents from a week ago, up 30 cents from a month ago and up 46 cents from a year ago.
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