RTC announces expanded transit services in the Las Vegas Valley
Southern Nevada government and sports leaders gathered at the Las Vegas Ballpark on Saturday morning to discuss plans to improve transit services throughout the valley.
Representatives Dina Titus and Susie Lee, Governor Steve Sisolak, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Henderson Mayor Debra March, Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones, Acting Raiders President Dan Ventrelle, Vice President Golden Knights principal Jim Frevola and Aviators president Don Logan all spoke.
March, who is also chair of the Regional Transportation Commission, said that despite the setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the commission made more than 56 million transit trips through the Las Vegas Valley last year. .
“For so many in our community, public transit is the lifeline of work, food, healthcare and family,” March said. “But the challenges of the past year and a half, and the continued need for transportation, have further underscored the essential nature of public transportation. So today, we’re thrilled to celebrate the services we’re bringing and adding to our community through federal stimulus funding. “
The list of transit improvements announced on Saturday include the introduction of RTC-OnDemand, described as “a pilot microtransit service in southwest and west Henderson”; a “Transit Lab” to provide faster and more regular service to busy stops along Charleston Boulevard; and weekend services in underserved areas. The changes take effect on Sunday.
Titus and Lee said they knew southern Nevada would be largely affected by the pandemic, so they spent the past year and a half advocating for funding to help restore essential services like public transportation.
“Public transportation has been extended to an additional 185,000 residents here in southern Nevada,” Titus said. “This includes 21,000 residents currently living on the poverty line, 18,000 seniors and 13,000 residents with disabilities. … These are the people who really need these services.
In addition to daily transit services, the RTC announced new partnerships with sports teams in Las Vegas to provide transportation to and from venues around the city. For example, this season the Raiders and RTC will be offering round-trip tickets at $ 4 to games from five locations in the Valley.
Goodman said she sees the enhanced transit initiative as a great opportunity to keep the Las Vegas community safe and connected as it strives to recover from the pandemic.
A list of service changes and more information is available at rtcsnv.com/servicechange2021.