RTC celebrates return to full transit services with events starting on Sunday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The Regional Transport Commission is organizing six community events as it relaunches comprehensive public transport services and further extensions of the bus service. Events begin Sunday at the Discovery Children’s Museum and end with a Saturday event at the Las Vegas Ballpark on Saturday August 7.

The RTC, which has reduced its regular weekday hours due to the pandemic, will resume full service with additions that will provide new service to around 185,000 people who previously could not easily get to transit services.

The community is invited to free events:

Day 1 – Sunday August 1 from noon to 2 p.m .: reconnect with family fun

  • Discovery Children’s Museum, 360 Promenade Place, Las Vegas 89106
    • Family activities, draw for a pack of 4 annual passes, gift bags, snacks and COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Families are encouraged to RSVP to receive museum tickets, while supplies last.

Day two – Monday, August 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m .: Reconnect to health and wellness

  • Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican Hospital, San Martin Campus, 8280 W. Warm Springs Road, Las Vegas 89113
    • 15-minute rotating exercise clinics including chair yoga, bingo yoga, aerobics and zumbini for young children inside RTC buses, a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, free food for the first 200 people, a draw for the spa package, and other prizes and activities.

Day Three – Tuesday, August 3, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m .: Reconnect to the great outdoors

  • Parc Reunion Trails, 44 Chapata Drive, Henderson 89012
    • Park clean-up, free food for the first 100 people, free transit passes to try the new route 221, raffle tickets for, Rail Explorers, other prizes.

Day 4 – Wednesday, August 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m .: Reconnect to gastronomy and culture

  • Aliante Casino, Hotel & Spa, 7300 N. Aliante Parkway, North Las Vegas 89084
    • Food drive, Aliante train station raffles, free public transport passes to try the new route 220, packed lunch for the first 50 people.

Day 5 – Thursday, August 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m .: Reconnect to education

  • UNLV Transit Center, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas 89154
    • Back to collecting school supplies, free food for the first 200 people, drawing for families of 4 packs at the Discovery Children’s Museum.

Day 6 – Friday August 6, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m .: Reconnect to the pleasures of summer

  • Exploration Peak Park at Mountain’s Edge, 9275 S. Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas 89178
    • Learn all about RTC-OnDemand, a new carpooling service in West Henderson and the Southwest. Guests will enjoy water activities, inflatable games, and free food for the first 100 guests.

Details of Saturday’s event at the Las Vegas Ballpark will be released next week.

You can find more information about these events on rtcsnv.com/servicechange2021.

The RTC indicates that the people served by these services include:

  • 21,000 people living on the poverty line
  • 18,000 elderly
  • 13,000 people with disabilities
  • 79,000 non-white or Hispanic residents
  • 380 paratransit customers
  • 23,000 people who will be connected to employment opportunities
  • 7,000 resort corridor employees who previously did not have access to public transit services

Service enhancements also include the introduction of RTC-OnDemand, a pilot microtransit service in South West and West Henderson; implementing a “Transit Lab” initiative to provide faster, more frequent service to some of the busiest stops along Charleston Blvd.

The expansion of services also includes the re-establishment of weekend service to underserved areas, including routes 207 (Alta / Stewart) and 209 (Vegas / Owens), and increasing the frequency of weekends on Route 210 (Lake Mead Blvd.).

Melvin Z. Madore