Responses to the Light Rail Project
The Maryland Parkway Community responds to
RTC's $750 million dollar light rail project proposal.
A lot of students take the bus to school and the current construction sometimes makes us late to our classes as it is. The light rail construction sounds like it will add even more travel time to our commute. - Davin Gilbert, UNLV sophomore
Davin Gilbert, a graphic design major, rides the bus to and from campus on a daily basis. As an avid bus rider, Gilbert is concerned about the inevitable traffic and delays that the construction of a light rail on Maryland Parkway will cause. When asked about how the construction will affect the businesses along Maryland Parkway, Gilbert feels that it will be an inconvenience to the flow of business for the various store owners and restaurants along the street. However he does not think that the construction will completely put an end to the businesses as a whole. - Interview & Photo by Shelby Goldberg, August 7, 2018, Las Vegas, NV.
I don’t think I would be personally affected if major construction were to occur on Maryland Parkway. I use the side streets to get to UNLV like Tropicana or Swenson. I’m also a science major so [the] majority of my classes take place on the other side of campus away from Maryland Parkway. - Hannah Patenaude, UNLV senior
-Interview & Photo by Josh Herrera, August 3, 2018, Las Vegas, NV.
Being from Hawaii we have a rail system that is still being built. It was passed about 10 years ago and as of today it is still not finished. It is also causing taxes to raise as well as slowing down a ton of businesses and they continuously come across a lot of issues that cause it to take longer to build and finish. - Nainoa Chun, Vape-Street employee
Photo: Vape-Street employees Kaumana Garcia and Nainoa Chun (right)
-Interview & Photo by Nissa Tzun, August 6, 2018, Las Vegas, NV.
Not only are we competing with normal traffic during school hours, but now we’ll have to compete with that whole project as well. - Taylor Rodgers, UNLV sophomore
As a student at UNLV, Rodgers believes that construction would ultimately impact students and herself. Rodgers points out that she understands those involved are trying to make a profit, but wants to highlight the point of taking the students into account in terms of closing Maryland Parkway for construction. -Interview & Photo by Josh Herrera, August 7, 2018, Las Vegas, NV.
I used to live fifteen minutes away from here [Crunch Donut Factory] and to take the bus, it would take an hour to get here. If the bus system broke down you wouldn’t get an update, so your sitting there wondering where your ride is. Then you’ve been waiting for forty minutes and have to just realize it’s not coming. For those who take buses, I believe it would be somewhat of a solution. - Chelsea Kelly, Crunch Donut Factory employee
Although the project would cause great inconvenience, Kelly thinks this would eliminate the chances for buses to break down and delay her from getting to connecting bus routes. However she feels she would have to look for an alternative job in the meantime because the construction would cause less business. As an employee for this small business she is concerned for the effect it will have, considering it already has slow seasons when the university is off for the summer, let alone being cut off from regular traffic for two years. - Interview & Photo by Haeli Paris, August, 2018, Las Vegas, NV.