pacomartin
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March 1st, 2010 at 7:33:43 PM permalink
ACE Bus Rapid Transit will connect Fremont Street to Fashion Show Mall in only 15-16 minutes. It looks like a cross between a bus and light rail. You must purchase tickets before boarding.

The ACE will only make four stops on the strip. Fashion Show Mall, Bellagio, Excalibur, and Mandalay Bay headed south. Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Paris, and Wynn headed North. The hope is that this new transportation service will re-invigorate downtown.


The Deuce will only service the Strip from Mandalay Bay to Sahara Casino and Palace Station (new) after that date.

By providing rapid transit to the convention center from streetside, it may kill the Monorail unless the monorail gets the extension to the airport.
DJTeddyBear
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March 1st, 2010 at 7:52:33 PM permalink
Wow. That sounds great.

I'm coning for a convention at the convention center in September, and was limiting my choices to a hotel on the monorail route.

THIS opens up my options. Love it.

It's great that tickets have to be purchased ahead of time. That's one of the biggest problems with the busses - people wasting everyone's time by not bothering to purchase tickets before boarding.

By the way, is this a separate fare, or included with the standard ticket?


Of course, I want to hear some reviews before I reconsider my hotel choice.
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pacomartin
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March 1st, 2010 at 8:18:12 PM permalink
Ticket price will be the same as the Deuce: $7 for 24 Hour All-Access Pass which includes Deuce, MAX & residential routes; 24-hour period begins with purchase.

Pay at ticket vending machine

3-Day All Access Pass $15
3-day period begins on the date of first use.

More than likely the only residential bus you will use is to get from the strip to the Palms and Rio. It's only an 8 minute bus ride, but it only comes every 15 minutes so it might help to print out a schedule so you are not standing around for a long time.

There is a business traveler who likes to take the company money, and stay in a $40 room and eat cheap, and gamble and drink on the company nickel. You can do that downtown if you like, but now with being able to get to the Convention Center in 12 minutes you don't have to spend all day on slow buses or pay for a pricey taxi. Federal government per diem is $105 per day (or $126 in the spring) plus $64/day for expenses. If you persuade a downtown casino to give you a room and feed you for $105/$126, then you have $64 to begin to finance your gaming. You can expense $5 per day for bus fare, but $50 per day for taxi fare may raise eyebrows.
calwatch
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March 1st, 2010 at 8:54:04 PM permalink
For big conventions I've found the monorail to be worthless anyway. The lines after CES lets out, for instance, are insane.
johann528
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March 1st, 2010 at 9:16:22 PM permalink
Will the Deuce or Ace serve the rental car place? I plan on picking it up there after arriving into the airport. I figure I can wait half an hour to get to the strip to save $20.
pacomartin
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March 1st, 2010 at 9:32:55 PM permalink
The ACE will serve the rental car place and the strip. The Deuce will stop at Mandalay Bay.

You will still have to take the shuttle bus from the terminal to the rental car place. They could extend the ACE all the way to the airport, but the taxi union would vote someone out of office. At least now the ride from the rental car place to the strip hotels will be much faster.
johann528
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March 2nd, 2010 at 12:54:51 AM permalink
Quote: pacomartin

The ACE will serve the rental car place and the strip. The Deuce will stop at Mandalay Bay.

You will still have to take the shuttle bus from the terminal to the rental car place. They could extend the ACE all the way to the airport, but the taxi union would vote someone out of office. At least now the ride from the rental car place to the strip hotels will be much faster.



That's fine. I figure a dollar tip for the shuttle guy, and two bucks to ride the Ace. Thanks for helping a guy who's trying to do Vegas on the cheap!
pacomartin
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March 2nd, 2010 at 7:47:25 AM permalink
Bus route #108 which comes directly to the airport and serves the Hilton and the backside of Sahara will be improved on March 28.

Route #108 will now serve Riviera, Circus Circus, Sahara, Stratosphere and go to Fremont Street on Las Vegas Blvd (the route that the Deuce used to take). It will no longer go directly in front of the Hilton. If you are going to one of those hotels it is easier to ride the #108 then to go to the Car Rental Place.

Bus route #109 South will go to the car rental place where you can catch the ACE to the strip (limited number of stops). ACE also goes to Fremont street, but up a local street that has been custom designed for the bus route.
Croupier
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March 2nd, 2010 at 9:27:10 AM permalink
The 108 sounds good for me if it still goes to the convention centre. Staying at the mardi gras opposite it when I go in june. Although not sure about trying to get on a bus with suitcases in tow.
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March 2nd, 2010 at 10:14:54 AM permalink
Which route would be best for the airport to downtown: 108, 109N or 109S transferring to the ACE? I arrive on the 30th and the new 108 looks like it would actually take longer to the DTC than before. I'm staying at Main Street Station which appears to be right by the DTC when I look at the map.

Croupier, I took one piece of luggage and a backpack on the bus from the airport with no issues on my last trip out. You might get some weird looks when locals start getting on, but for $15 for a three day bus pass vs $15 for one taxi ride I'll gladly take the looks.
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