|A 4-car train approaches the north terminus of Sahara. (Geoff Churchman pic)|
It was opened to revenue traffic in 2004 and is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Monorail Company, a not-for-profit corporation, allowed under Nevada law since the monorail provides a public service. The State of Nevada assisted in bond financing, but no public money was used in construction; citizens may eventually have to pay taxes that fund the monorail.
In 2013, total annual ridership was roughly 4.2 million, down from a peak of 7.9 million in 2007.