Public transportation hub planned for Global Business District

LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) - The Las Vegas Convention Authority's planned Global Business District will include a major transportation hub, News 3 has learned.

A light rail system such as those operating in Salt Lake City, San Diego and other cities is part of the discussion. Also, part of the planning is the possibility of extending the monorail system to a route west of the Strip corridor and connecting it to McCarran International Airport.

The Convention Authority board voted in February to buy the Riviera on the Strip and tear it down.

A Global Business District will be built in its place. The district is envisioned to be completed in two phases. Phase One includes 750,000 square feet of new exhibit space and 187,500 square feet of supporting meeting space as part of a total 1.8 million square feet expansion.

Phase Two focuses on renovating exiting convention center space and includes a 100,000-square-foot general session space and another 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

Including public and service areas, the expansion and renovations expand the facility from its current total footprint of 3.2 million square feet to nearly 5.7 million square feet. Once construction begins, the entire project is expected to take five to eight years to complete.