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All aboard: W&M to connect light rail system to campus

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    Light Rail System  William & Mary, the City of Williamsburg and James City County will open a light rail transit system to transport students and members of the public around campus and Greater Williamsburg.  William & Mary Staff
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William & Mary is joining forces with the City of Williamsburg and James City County to open a light rail transit system to transport students and members of the public around campus and Greater Williamsburg.

Modeled after the LEGO Space 6990 Futuron Monorail Transport System, the university recently released highly conceptual plans for the light rail, which will connect College Corner at Duke of Gloucester Street to New Town. The plans allow for future expansion of a campus-only route.

"We didn't want to implement just any light rail system," said a William & Mary spokesperson. "We knew we wanted to go bigger and better than what's currently on the market, and the LEGO Futuron Monorail Transport System is exactly what we would like to make a reality for our campus."

The original plan for the light rail came in response to complaints about uneven and loose bricks on campus sidewalks. Those concerns only worsened during the winter months, when slick sidewalk conditions prompted the university to move the light rail to the top of its priority list.

"We have received requests for years from students wanting a safe, fast and inexpensive transportation option to chauffeur them to and from the nearby bustling nightlife," said another university official. "Teaming up to launch a light rail system - one based on the cutting-edge technology of LEGO's 6990 Monorail - was the most cost-efficient way to go. Plus, if we don't like it, we can just take it apart and start over again."

The light rail will cost riders $1.25 per trip. Discounts will be available for students, faculty, staff, children and senior citizens. The light rail is expected to open for business on April Fools' Day 2017.