Las Vegas to improve public-transit system
Recent visitors to Las Vegas know the booming city's traffic congestion at times rivals that of much larger cities. Now government-approved bonds have been sold to pay for an elevated public-transit system along the famous Strip, according to the Las Vegas Advisor newsletter.
Plans call for a 3.8-mile monorail from the MGM Grand north to the Sahara resort and casino. (A short section of monorail already exists.) Projections are that 54,000 passengers would ride daily at a fare of $2.50 one-way. Construction is scheduled to start in May. The expected opening date is January 2004.
Cruise packages of Great Lakes offered
January is no time to cruise the Great Lakes, but it is a good time to consider three cruises planned for next summer aboard the 90-passenger Le Levant.
The eight-night holidays between Chicago and Toronto are being organized by a Redwood City, Calif., company called Far & Wide. Lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario are on the itinerary, with stops in Saugatuck, Traverse City, and Mackinac Island, Mich.; Manitoulin Island and Windsor, Ontario; and Niagara Falls, N.Y. Two trips originate in Chicago, June 24-July 2 and Sept. 24-Oct. 3; the other trip, June 17-25, starts in Toronto. Per-person rates range from $4,090 to $5,590, double occupancy, and early-booking discounts are available. The boat has 45 outside staterooms and a French crew. Information: (800) 395-3288; Web site: www.ultimatepasseges.com
For those who would rather tour the region on land, Lonely Planet recently published a guidebook called "Great Lakes," by Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Thomas Huhti, and Mark Lightbody. Besides lakeside attractions, the 569-page guide describes sites and practicalities in all the adjacent states.
Farms offer look inside chicken industry
The high-tech chicken industry's methods pop up in the news from time to time. If you want a first-hand look, mark your calendar for Jan. 20, when two Delaware broiler farms will open their doors under a program sponsored by the Delaware Agricultural Museum.
Tour vans will leave from the museum in Dover at 12:15 p.m. and visit the Lynch and Bennett farms near Milford. The farms sell their chickens to big producers. The tour, lasting about 90 minutes, cost $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 17. Preregister by calling 302-734-1618; www.agriculturalmuseum.org.