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City exploring light rail commuting

LAS VEGAS -- The city of Las Vegas wants to know if you'd be interested in riding on a light rail system to work to avoid traffic backups.

The city is looking into commuting problems around the Las Vegas valley and a consulting firm has been hired to get community feedback.

Beginning this week, consultant Dan Andersen wants to hear from you.

"By far, the majority are very interested in some sort of a commuter rail network system, supporting our transportation network," Andersen said, CH2M Hill.

His firm was hired by the city to come up with a master plan for bike trails, roads and a transit system. All within the next 18 months. The study will also look at the costs of transportation alternatives.

People at the Centennial Hills Community Center say their ride to work takes half an hour.

"How are we going to pay for it? Where's the money going to come from? It's a great idea, but how are we going to maintain it," asks local resident Raymond Lambert. 

Other cities in the Southwest like Phoenix have spent more than a billion dollars on their metro light rail.

"There are more options and further distances that you can go," said Dennis Mullen, who is disabled. "And it reaches points that buses just don't go."

He would love a light rail like the one in Phoenix that he could ride to the medical corridor near University Medical Center.

That stop is a popular choice on the survey, along with downtown, the Strip and the airport.

If you want to fill out the survey online, click here.