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Monorail Will Be Open in Time for NAB

The new monorail in Las Vegas will be open in time for the NAB2004 convention, based on comments by its developers. They expect the $650 million transit system along the Las Vegas Strip to begin service by March 1 and be completed $23 million under budget.

Officials said the four-mile monorail would be both an effective transit system and a unique attraction. It will link eight resorts and nine convention facilities, including the Las Vegas Convention Center. It will connect the MGM Grand and Sahara hotel-casinos on a route running east of and parallel to the Las Vegas Strip. Eventually it may connect downtown Las Vegas and McCarran International Airport.

A one-way trip will be $3, and round-trip fare will cost $5.50. The system will run from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Info: www.lvmonorail.com.