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Sun Country Adding LV Flights

Minneapolis based Sun Country Airlines which eliminated first class seats not to long ago and relaunched itself as a low cost carrier has announced that they are adding more flights to Las Vegas starting September 5th; There will be thirteen new nonstop flights added per week to four cities which are St Louis, San Antonio, Redmond, Oregon and Providence, Rhode Island to what is now Sun County’s second hub after Minneapolis-St Paul which is their main hub. Sun Country is one of several low cost carriers to Las Vegas with Spirit, Allegiant, Frontier and Southwest if you still consider Southwest …

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Bus Passenger Numbers Fall

According to the Regional Transportation Commission less people are taking the RTC city buses in the resort corridor with the number of passengers dropping consistently over the last three years. The ridership revenues for the resort corridor have dropped 18 percent from October2015 until December 2018 according the experts. Yes passengers is good if you are a rider and maybe mean its more likely you will snag a front upstairs seat on the Deuce double deckers but less revenue could mean cuts to local routes at some point. The wider use  of ride sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft …

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Free Transit For Federal Employees

The ongoing Federal Government shutdown has been a hardship for Federal employees and many Las Vegas companies have been helping where they can with the latest being the RTC which runs the buses in Las Vegas; All furloughed government employees are able to get free transit on any RTC bus by showing their federal ID to the driver when boarding the bus which is a nice way to help them get around during this time of hardship for them. For more information go to rtcsnv.com or visit your RTC transit office.  

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Frontier Adds More Routes To LV

Discount carrier Frontier Airlines has announced they will add five new non stop destinations to Las Vegas. The new cities being served starting in April are San Diego, Detroit, Houston, Dallas as well as Philadelphia. Frontier has been steadily expanding its presence at McCarren International Airport and with the addition of the new routes will serve 35 cities with non stop routes to Las Vegas. To celebrate the new routes Frontier is offering special one way introductory fares from as low as $29 plus the usual taxes and fees so if you live near one of these cities you might …

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New Years Eve Restrictions

Apart from some of the more obvious things not to try and take with you on the Strip or Fremont Street for New Years Eve there is other restrictions you might not know about; Among the items not allowed by the Metro Police Department in either place are glass items, backpacks, strollers, coolers or anyone under 18. The Strip will be closed to traffic after 5 pm today but even before that the Strip is likely to have heavy traffic and as well as crowds slowing down the traffic even more; If you can avoid travelling down the Strip today …

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Flixbus New Years Stop Change

If you plan on taking Flixbus to Las Vegas for the New Years celebrations or leave town at that time the usual stop at Caesars Palace won’t be used from noon on New Years Eve to noon on New Years Day with all buses arriving and departing from the downtown bus stop. Downtown Stop: located at curb on South 1st Street on the northeast corner of 1st Street and East Bonneville Avenue If you are taking other bus companies from or to Las Vegas around New Years check the stop locations as they may have changed. Other Main Bus Companies …

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New Monorail Station For Sphere

The discussion about the monorail recently has been about extending the line to Mandalay Bay but now comes news of a new station on the existing line; The new station will be at the MSG Sphere which is being built currently near the Venetian, the new station will include a 11,000 square foot platform which will be on both sides of the existing track. The new station will be on the northwest corner of the Spheres land with a pedestrian bridge to the existing Sands Convention Center and arena. No date or timetable has been given for the new station …

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Flixbus To Las Vegas

There are a lot of options on inexpensive bus service from Southern California to Las Vegas including Greyhound, Bolt Bus, Mega Bus and now the newest competitor Flixbus from Germany. Unlike the other competitors Flixbus doesn’t actually own their own buses and is a app an website where they take care of the booking of tickets as well as back end technology as well as the routes and marketing for the company; Each of the green Flixbus logo buses are run by independent bus companies that Flixbus has partnered with who provide the drivers and buses. The first day of …

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EDC Standard Shuttle Passes

The countdown is on to the Electric Daisy Carnival which happens later this month May 18th to 20th at the Las Vegas Speedway. If you plan on attending the event on question is always how to get back and forth between your hotel and the event with the big crowds;  A very popular option is the shuttles which the EDC provides from various points on and near the Strip as well as Downtown. There are two categories of shuttles but for this story we will discuss the Standard shuttles which run for $90 plus fees for round trip transportation for …

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Google Pay For Monorail Tickets

If you plan to use the monorail during your time in Las Vegas they have now added the option to use Google Pay to pay for your ticket. Several transit systems around the country now allow you to use Apple Pay in cities such as Portland and Salt Lake City but the Las Vegas monorail is the first transit system to allow Google Pay. To take advantage of Google Pay and use the virtual transit ticket you must first buy a ticket from the monorails website and, then download it to your Google Pay app on your phone. Once at …

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Mirage Tram Closed

The free elevated tram that for years has transported visitors between the Mirage and the Treasure Island has closed with a planned reopening not until November of this year at the earliest. The tram was originally built to transport visitors between both of the Steve Wynn owned properties although it’s been years since he owned the properties and in recent times with two different owners for each resort it’s amazing they have kept it running. The tram cars have no driver but they still required an employee to oversee the tram line and as part of the upgrade lit will …

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Taxi Ridership Drops Again

It shouldn’t really be a surprise with the popularity of Uber and Lyft that ridership and revenue for Las Vegas taxi companies is down for a third year in a row. Taxi trips in Las Vegas totaled 19.9 million which was down 13.6% and revenue was down 13.7% and most likely this won’t stop as the taxi industry hasn’t been able to offer a competing app that has shown much traction. One bright spot is during the recent Consumer Electronic Show on the first day, taxis were popular with 18,413 pickups that day compared with 11,465 for the competing services.

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The Strip Without Cars?

]A Clark County Commissioner has gotten a lot of press lately, when he suggested that maybe private vehicles could be banned from the Strip. If you have ever driven down the Strip especially during the evening hours with the huge volume of slow moving traffic you might think this might be a good idea; to just let pedestrians as well as buses use the part of Las Vegas Blvd commonly called the Strip. The main drawbacks to this plan include closing the Strip would just push the traffic to nearby streets which themselves would become clogged, it also would also …

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Monorail Extension Plans

A monorail extension to Mc Carran International Airport or to Downtown Las Vegas has often been discussed but it doesn’t look like it will happen anytime soon but another extension may happen; Approval has been given for a extension from the MGM Grand to the Mandalay Bay although the details such as design, stations, permissions especially from MGM Resorts as well as financing need to be worked out. At present a smaller monorail runs between the Excalibur and Mandalay resorts with a stop in between at the Luxor in one direction it’s not known if that monorail would be incorporated …

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Taking A Bus Down The Strip

A popular inexpensive option to get up and down the Strip as well as to Downtown is by RTC city bus; Yes even people that would never take a city bus at home use the bus to get around. There is two main options for taking the bus one is the gold double decker buses called the Deuce and the other is the Strip and Downtown Express buses which look like futuristic single decker bendy buses. The are some important differences between the two the Deuce double deckers stop at every major resort on the Strip and, if you haven’t …

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