(Las Vegas, KXNT)- When the Sahara Hotel closed its doors in 2011, the Las Vegas Monorail’s northern most stop took a hit. Ridership decreased and has continued to be slow, but the SLS Las Vegas is expected to change that.
Ingrid Reisman, Las Vegas Monorail Company vice president, says they’re expecting ridership at the SLS Las Vegas stop to bounce back, even surpass the Sahara Hotel numbers.
“We’re thrilled. We get a lot of riders coming from downtown and we, of course, get a lot of strip riders so the SLS is going to be an exciting thing for all of us, ” said Reisman. “Locals can park at the SLS, get a bite to eat and then hop on the monorail to wherever they want to go. At the end of the night, they can ride back to the SLS. It’s an easy on/off to the strip.”
Tourists, though, make up the majority of monorail riders. According to Reisman, ridership numbers have increased by double digits this year, much of that attributed to Las Vegas’ economic recovery as well as the addition of the Linq.
“From the SLS, the Linq that just opened and the Rock n Rio concert venue next year…there’s just so much going on that it only enhances ridership,” added Reisman.
Nevada residents are able to ride the monorail for $1 per ride.