Friday, September 14, 2007

Themed monorails

Today's LA Times reports that "Vegas monorail finds it difficult to get on track ... High fares and long walks to stations have combined to hold down ridership ..."

They could cut the $5 fare and get ridership up a small bit -- from the dismal 50% of forecast. But that would increase the red ink. And it would still leave those long walks to stations.

How about no fares but slot machines on the trains? Each rider might deposit more than $5 and/or there might be more riders? Craps tables? Keno?

The article mentions that it's a $650-million private rail line run by a non-profit group. A for profit group might find better uses for this turkey.