SAN FRANCISCO — A bankruptcy judge in Las Vegas is scheduled to hear arguments today over whether or not the Las Vegas Monorail Co. really is an independent nonprofit that is entitled to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The monorail, in default on more than $600 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds, filed for Chapter 11 in January. The bankruptcy filing followed five years of operations in which revenue and ridership fell far short of estimates.

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