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You’ve got a ticket to ride (with extra perks) on the Las Vegas Monorail

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A Las Vegas Monorail train is seen wrapped in a Google ad Wednesday, October 31, 2018. (Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau)

This transportation system is right on track.

So, if you want to get visitors (and yourself) around to the wonders of Las Vegas, you want to hop aboard Las Vegas Monorail. In this column, Monorail VP/marketing chief Ingrid Reisman provides a primer on what the Monorail offers.

Before joining the Monorail in 2006, Reisman honed her transportational chops working for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC). While at the RTC, Reisman — a Reno native and a Vegas resident for more than 20 years — won an Emmy Award in the Pacific Southwest Region for a public service announcement about ridesharing, as well as Emmy recognition for the On the Move TV series she hosted.

Reisman has served on several community boards, including Green Chips, United Way Women’s Leadership Council, Grant a Gift Autism Foundation, Solomon Schechter Day School, Las Vegas Music Festival and UNLV Women’s Sports Foundation. She was also a co-founder of the Las Vegas chapter of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2). She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno.

 

For all visitors to Las Vegas, getting around the destination’s resort and convention corridor in a way that is convenient and efficient adds to their enjoyment of everything Las Vegas has to offer. For nearly 15 years, the Las Vegas Monorail has provided a critical component of the city’s overall transportation ecosystem, transporting nearly 5 million riders annually along its 3.9-mile route from SLS Las Vegas at the north, to MGM Grand at the south.

Recently, the Monorail introduced new technology, partnerships and other customizable options to improve customer service in ways geared for both leisure and business travelers. The first one provides a technological convenience for anybody with a smartphone: Mobile ticketing is now available for Android users via Google Pay using the embedded NFC technology in every Android phone, becoming the world’s first system to fully integrate its ticketing system with the popular Google app; and Apple iPhone users can now drop their electronic tickets into their Apple wallet and use the Monorail’s Scan-and-Go technology.

Ingrid Reisman

Meanwhile, the Monorail offers fare integration technology specifically for convention and trade show attendees. By partnering with event organizers, the Monorail can load fares directly onto delegates’ registration badges. At the fare gates, all these attendees have to do is scan their badges and ride.

Another perk for travelers and a welcome benefit of the resort amenity fee for customers is at the Renaissance Hotel. The Renaissance has partnered with the Monorail to incorporate tickets into guests’ resort fees. Upon check-in at the hotel, which is adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center Monorail station, leisure guests receive two single-ride tickets to use at their convenience during their stay.  (Certain blackout dates apply and guests who are part of a group room block may not qualify.)

While the Monorail is a valuable part of the area’s transit network year-round, during certain landmark occasions, it’s the only option for traversing the Strip.

For two extraordinary events every year, Las Vegas Boulevard is shut down to vehicular traffic completely: on one Saturday night in late fall for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and ½ Marathon, and on New Year’s Eve. The energy, exuberance and sheer adrenaline coursing through the throngs of exhilarated riders on these special dates bring a festival atmosphere to the Monorail’s trains and stations.

The Las Vegas Monorail provides yet another advantage, as well: It’s a transit system that has minimal impact on the environment. Each year, as a result of the number of visitors carried on its zero-emissions, driverless train system, it eliminates an estimated 2.1 million vehicle miles from Southern Nevada’s roadways, reducing emissions by more than 27 tons of carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides over the course of the year.

With 15 years of service in the rear-view and a swiftly evolving Las Vegas landscape ahead, the Monorail is genuinely excited to evolve, too. We look forward to innovating along with our community and bringing new and welcome enhancements to our region’s bustling tourism economy.


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INGRID REISMAN, VP/chief marketing officer, Las Vegas Monorail

INGRID REISMAN, VP/chief marketing officer, Las Vegas Monorail