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           As a child, I loved to ride the monorail at Disneyland. (And yes, I mean Disneyland, not Disneyworld) It ran around the sky, sleek and smooth, the ride of the future.  Monorails were fated to zoom quietly around the rooftops of our cities, moving commuters from the suburbs to the city centers in style, according to ol’ Walt.
     ;     ;  I was disappointed to learn, therefore, that the latest of the monorail projects, the Las Vegas monorail, declared bankruptcy.  This in spite of the LV monorail being one of the busiest transit systems in the US.  The reason was cited as the economic downturn.  Lot less tourists visiting Vegas these days.  Additionally, Las Vegas was one of the cities hardest hit when the housing bubble burst.  I also understand that monorails are expensive to build and largely inefficient.  So much for the stuff of childhood dreams and Disneyland!
     ;     ;  The good news is that light rail numbers are up with an increase in ridership of 34 percent from 2009-2010.  One of the reasons given for an increase in riders is the cost of commuting with the rise in gas prices.  No matter the reasons, it is nice to know that more people are traveling more green.  Now if the US would just upgrade our ancient rail infrastructure, maybe we would all travel a little more green and with less bother and fear!

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