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 in to the new extension or just removed. Because of the location of the short monorail at the front of the properties on the Strip it seems unlikely that they would continue to operate that system but that would be up to MGM Resorts. The Mandalay Bay is a beautiful property although it’s location on the South Strip is a hindrance for food traffic from the busier part of the Strip but with the new monorail extension could bring in more traffic from other parts of the Strip.
Frontier Airlines has become a big presence at McCarren International Airport over the last few years and back in May it announced that the airline was opening by the end of 2018 a new crew base in Las Vegas to improve reliability. The airline has now announced that it will add a three day a week non stop service between Las Vegas and Indianapolis with the planes scheduled to leave Las Vegas in early morning and depart Indianapolis at 2:20 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Between today and Wednesday an estimated 323,00 people are expected to visit Las Vegas for Independence Day with about 200,000 of them expected to drive in to Las Vegas. If you plan to drive to Las Vegas for the holiday add extra time as the traffic on Interstates will be heavy and, the police will be out in large numbers especially looking for drunk drivers. Traffic at Mc Carran International Airport is going to be heavy as 765,000 travelers fly in or out of the airport over the weekend so expect longer lines as well as wait times at security. If you don’t have a place to stay yet I would secure one before you leave as over 95 percent of the rooms are expected to be sold out this weekend. If you cannot find a place to stay at the big resorts or Downtown or at a price that works for you I would check off Strip locations, motels or using an app such as Air Bnb. Moving around town will be difficult with the big crowds so if you have dinner reservations, show tickets etc. I would plan to spend time around the event several hours before; This will cut down on the stress of trying to get to the event right before with heavy traffic and drunk revelers slowing your progress.
Buses: on July 4th, the will be operating on a Saturday schedule which might be a good option as taxi and Uber and Lyft will be experiencing heavy traffic.