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RTC Transit
RTC Transit LOGO.PNG
Parent Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
Founded December 5, 1992 (as Citizens Area Transit)
Headquarters Las Vegas, Nevada
Locale Clark County, Nevada
Service area Southern Nevada: Las Vegas, North Las Vegas Henderson, Boulder City
Service type Bus, Bus Rapid Transit, Paratransit
Routes 51
Stops 3900+
Stations 4
Fleet 408 Fixed Route
300 Paratransit
Daily ridership 178,390 (weekday)
Fuel type Ultra Low-Sulfur Diesel, CNG.
Operator Keolis Transit America, MV Transportation, SNTC
(fixed-route service)First Transit
(ADA Paratransit)
Chief executive Tina Quigley, General Manager
Website rtcsnv.com
A typical CAT bus with the original teal and magenta livery used from 1992 to 2001

RTC Transit is the name of the bus system in the Las Vegas metropolitan area of Clark County, Nevada. It is a subsidiary of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. While it services most of Clark County with regularly scheduled routes, most of the service is in the immediate Las Vegas Valley; outlying places such as Mesquite and Laughlin provide transit services to their residents by way of the Southern Nevada Transit Coalition, which uses several vehicles acquired from RTC Transit.

History[edit]

Las Vegas Transit[edit]

The privately owned Las Vegas Transit System, Inc. ("LVT") provided bus service on the streets of Las Vegas for more than 40 years. LVT service mainly consisted of loop routes that made many turns throughout the city, sometimes doubling back on its own routes and making several "subloops" within a loop. At one point, LVT was named America's worst transit system.[citation needed] Under pressure by the county and state, and by order of the state court, the company was ordered to cease operations and relinquish all its equipment, land, and property to the Regional Transportation Commission of Clark County.

Citizens Area Transit era (1992-2008)[edit]

Logo for Citizens Area Transit from 1992-2008

Citizens Area Transit was formed by the RTC to provide reliable bus service to the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Las Vegas Township, Mesquite, and Laughlin. The system began on December 5, 1992 under the direction of Kurt Weinrich, its general manager. The fleet consisted of mostly old vehicles such as Flxible Grummans, GMC RTSs, TMC RTSs and Gillig Phantoms. They had also purchased 90 new New Flyer D40HFs. Soon after starting operations, CAT began to catch on with the city and blossomed. In 1997, the American Public Transportation Association awarded CAT with their highest honor, Best Transit System in America (within its category). However, things began to change in the following years. In 2002, The Amalgamated Transit Union and the bus contractor, ATC, began contract renewal negotiations, but the two sides were unable to reach a compromise on operators' wages and in May of that year, CAT suffered its first strike. Several drivers walked off the job and onto the picket lines, and service had to be suspended on several routes. Coach operators from sister agencies were called in to drive the buses and serve the city before a settlement was reached.

In 2004, CAT received its first shipment of 10 BRT vehicles from Irisbus. These buses were placed on the new MAX Line that serves North Las Vegas Boulevard. A year later, CAT received its first shipment of 50 double decker buses from Alexander Dennis. As new vehicles arrived, the RTC started a vehicle replacement program and began to retire its older CAT fleet. In March 2007, CAT received its first shipment of 30 Diesel-Electric Hybrid vehicles from New Flyer. Later that year, an additional 40 double deck vehicles from Alexander Dennis arrived, and the RTC unveiled a new rapid transit system which uses the new Diesel-Hybrid RTV Streetcar from Wright Group. The first line was called the "Gold Line", which serviced the downtown and strip corridors.

RTC Transit era (2009-)[edit]

Current logo

In late 2007, the RTC began to rebrand the Citizens Area Transit system as RTC Transit. The New Flyer 900 series coaches were the last to be purchased with the CAT logo, and the first to be purchased with the RTC logo. The CAT bus stop signs around the city were replaced by "Transit Stop" signs using the RTC logo. All rider alerts, bus announcements, bus books, and new NABI Hybrid, NABI Diesel and New Flyer CNG buses no longer use the CAT logo.

The RTC received 50 NABI vehicles and the final shipment of 40 42 ft "Deuce" double-deck buses in the summer of 2008. The RTC also began to receive 45 New Flyer CNG vehicles in the late fall of 2008. The rebranding was completed on January 1, 2009 when RTC vehicles started featuring "RTC TRANSIT" along with the normal route destination headers. All remaining CAT buses are in the process of retirement or being refurbished to the new RTC gold/blue livery.

In 2007, nine RTC executives received pay raises which averaged 22%. The raises were based on the findings of a consultant, Peter Ronza, who was once employed by Clark County.[citation needed]

The RTC faced serious legal issues in 2008 after several car accidents involving bus shelters occurred. The public demanded that the RTC improve the safety of its shelters, while the RTC stated that there was only so much they could do. The RTC created a Bus Shelter Advisory Committee, and made studies concerning bus stop safety.[citation needed]

RTC express BRT line in Las Vegas

In 2009, the RTC raised bus fares despite public outcry. In 2009 and 2010, proposed bus fares increased from 62% for monthly passes to 100% for full day fare passes. The RTC argued that the fare hikes were due to higher fuel costs, however the largest increase in transit expenditures came from a tripling in capital outlays, rising from $54.5 million in 2007 to $162.9 million in 2009. The price for thirty-day bus passes increased 225% from 1999 to 2010. Ridership was at an all-time high in 2008 due to the very high gas prices, with many people deciding to try transit instead. Ridership numbers declined in 2009 when fuel prices dropped back to reasonable levels, and riders either returned to their own vehicles or began carpooling with co-workers and family.

In January 2010, RTC introduced the ACE branding for its bus rapid transit offerings. The first ACE route was the ACE Gold Line, connecting downtown Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Strip, and the South Strip Transfer Terminal. In addition, ACEXpress was introduced as branding for its express bus service, with an express bus line connecting the Centennial Hills neighborhood northwest of the city with downtown Las Vegas, the Center Strip, and UNLV.[1] In May 2010, RTC rebranded its lines away from the "ACE" name due to a lawsuit from Ace Cab, a local Las Vegas taxi operator.[2]

Equipment[edit]

RTC currently operates mainly New Flyer, NABI and Alexander Dennis coaches for fixed routes, and mainly Ford Econoline vans for paratransit. RTC also operates Irisbus Civis diesel-electric vehicles on one route traversing North Las Vegas Boulevard, connecting Nellis Air Force Base to the Downtown Transportation Center (DTC). This service is known as MAX. The Civis vehicles operate in a dedicated lane and are self steering, with the driver controlling acceleration and braking. This is the first use of this type of vehicle in the United States.[citation needed]

A 2007 Deuce bus making its first-run debut at the South Strip Transfer Terminal.

On October 27, 2005, CAT added a fleet of double decker buses on The Strip Route. The route is now called The Deuce. On April 26, 2007, Coach 902 was the first 900 series coach to be placed into regular fixed-route service when it serviced Route 208 (Washington Ave.) that afternoon. In February 2008, The RTC received 50 brand new buses from NABI, of which 30 use hybrid technology and 20 use regular diesel power.

Operations[edit]

RTC Transit is the 2nd largest outsourced transit operation in the United States, with MTA Nassau County being #1. As of 2011, the contract is worth approximately $600 million over seven years.[3] The fixed route system had been operated by Veolia Transportation and its predecessors, ATC-Vancom and National Express, since inception. Bus operators, mechanics, and most other contractor employees are represented by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1637. Paratransit and dial-a-ride services are operated by First Transit.

The fixed route contract was scheduled to expire September 25, 2011, and was awarded to First Transit, the apparent low bidder and highest scorer on the comprehensive review, however, Veolia has complained to the RTC board of bidding irregularities in the First Transit bid as well as an unfair emphasis on price in comparison to other technical factors. The RTC board approved the First Transit bid on a 4-3 vote, but after the Nevada Attorney General reprimanded the RTC for approving the contract without a majority of the eight members on the RTC board (as opposed to merely those present), which was determined by a district court judge that all 8 members were not required and the award was legitimate. However, in the fallout of the court decision, the RTC returned for a re-vote in which the board then deadlocked at 4-4 for multiple months. The RTC board decided that it was best to cancel the award and bring forward a new fresh proposal for bid, and gave Veolia a 1 year extension while the board found a means to obtain a majority to make a decision. First Transit subsequently sued the RTC to force them to make a decision.[4]

In November 2011 First Transit and the RTC settled their lawsuit. First Transit continued to operate the paratransit system and Veolia continued to operate the fixed route bus system until the end of 2012. The new fixed route transit contract will be split into two, to allow smaller vendors to bid. The two contract system is similar to that of Foothill Transit in the Los Angeles area, which is the third largest outsourced fixed route public transit system in the United States.[5]

In December 2012, the contractors for both yards submitted their 1st round proposals with Veolia, Keolis (no relation to Veolia), and MV Transportation advancing to round 2 and First Transit failing to advance. In January 2013, the remaining contractors submitted their final proposals to the board, and on February 14, 2013, the RTC voted to award the Sunset Maintenance Facility to Keolis, and the Simmons Maintenance Facility to MV, beating out the original two contractors. Keolis and MV began operations of RTC Transit on July 7, 2013 at 12:00am.

MV operates routes 101, 102, 105, 106, 110, 111, 113, 115, 120, 203, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 214, 215, 218, 219, MAX, CX, WAX, & DVX. These routes are primarily in the northern portion of the service area.[6] Keolis operates routes 103, 104, 108, 109, 117, 119, 201, 202, 212, 217, The Deuce on The Strip, SX Shuttle, SDX, BHX, & SX. These routes are primarily in the southern portion of the service area.[7] The 700 series (Silver Star) routes remain with the paratransit contractor, First Transit, which has the contract until June 2014. SNTC operates the HDX.

Color schemes[edit]

A 1990 Gillig Phantom with the original livery.

The first livery used was a white base with a teal and magenta mix, black lining around the windows, and the CAT logo in the midsection body, front, and rear. This livery was used from 1992 to 2001.

CAT New Flyer D60HF

In 2001, the second livery came in three variants, with the second one being the primary livery. The RTC decided to abandon their teal and magenta, and adopted blue stripes with a cat running on a white base, white around the windows, and moved the CAT logo to just above the first window on either side, under the windshield, and on the engine door (with the exception of the Neoplans which had the logo placed above the rear header). Prior to the arrival of the 2001 New Flyer CNGs and Neoplans, the RTC began repainting the fleet with the blue stripe livery. Once they arrived, the RTC approved a variant to the livery and instead of having just blue stripes, it became blue and gold alternating stripes with the logos in the same positions. The RTC then started repainting coaches with this new variant, leaving the already painted coaches with the 1st variant. This livery was used from 2001 to 2005 on the fixed-route fleet. It is the current livery for the RTC paratransit fleet, using the 2nd variant. Since 2008, a 3rd variant has been used by removing the running cat, having the stripes extend around the vehicle, and replacing the CAT logo with the RTC logo.

CAT Irisbus Civis

In 2004, 10 Irisbus Civis coaches arrived for service on the new BRT line, complete with a new MAX Line livery. It consisted of a blue base, with a white line that stretched the length of the coach, and with gold stars on the rear quarterpanels of each side. This is the current BRT system livery.

CAT New Flyer D60LF

In 2005, the RTC again changed the livery and revived the first livery design using the new color scheme and extended the shapes to the bottom of the vehicle. This livery was only used on the 800 series coaches and on coach 654, and it was only used in 2005. A variant of this livery has the CAT logos replaced with RTC fleet logos on the sides of the coach.

RTC articulated bus operating the BRT line.
CAT Alexander Dennis E500

Later in 2005, the RTC received its shipment of 50 double deck vehicles, with yet another new livery. This one consisted of an all gold base, with a blue trim around the bottom, and the transit logo between both decks, under the windshield, and under the engine door. Originally to only be used as the livery for the double deckers, the RTC decided it was time to change the livery again, and adopted the livery in 2006. For non-double deck vehicles, the CAT logo remained above the windows, but the RTC logo was added to the position where the CAT logo was in 1992. To date, only 2 vehicles that were already part of the fleet have been repainted in this livery variant (buses 571 and 725). The New Flyer 900 series vehicles were the last vehicles with this livery. In 2008, the RTC made a variant of the livery which had the CAT logo removed and replaced by a special RTC logo only used on these buses. Coach 702 has been repainted with this livery variant. In 2009, RTC commissioned another variant of the livery by replacing the special RTC logo with an "RTC Transit" logo on the sides and front of the coach. "Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada" was placed near the bottom of the coach. New "No Right Turn On Red" and "This Bus Stops At All Railroad Crossings" stickers were placed on the rear. The numbers were moved to the right of the front and rear of each coach, and "www.rtcsnv.com" is placed on the rear either on the destination sign just under the screen or on one of the engine doors.

In 2010, a new livery was commissioned for the BRT system which consists of a gold base with a blue stripe and a white stripe.

Fares[edit]

The RTC raised its fares in 2009, blaming higher fuel costs experienced in 2008 and the bad economy of 2009. With ridership falling some in 2009, together with the loss in revenue from both the fare box recovery and the state sales tax, the RTC raised fares for a second time. In 2010, the RTC approved another rate hike for the premium service routes only which became effective on January 10, 2010. In 2011, the RTC eliminated purchasing reduced fare passes on The Deuce on The Strip & Strip & Downtown Express (SDX) due to fares being already discounted for locals which became effective on September 11, 2011. Residential 3 day passes were eliminated on September 18, 2011 due to low volume of sales. Residential 5 day passes were eliminated on September 30, 2012 to favor the new 15 day pass. In 2013, the RTC implemented a college pass program, called UPass, with University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), Nevada State College (NSC), & College Of Southern Nevada (CSN) exclusively for the students, faculty, & staff.

Fares effective as of August 26, 2013: A

General Market Routes[edit]

Fare Type Regular Reduced C
One-Way Fare/One-Trip Ride Card/One-Hour Pass: B $2 $1
2 Hour All Access Pass: $3 $1.50
24 Hour General Market Pass: $5 $2.50
15 Day All Access Pass: $34 $17
30-Day All Access Pass: $65 $32.50
Silver Star One-Way Fare: $.50 $.50
Transit Guide: $1 $1
Paratransit Card Holder: D FREE FREE

Premium Service Routes[edit]

Fare Type Regular E
2 Hour All Access Pass: $6
24 Hour All Access Pass: $8
3 Day All Access Pass: $20

UPass: UNLV, NSC, & CSN Student, Faculty, & Staff[edit]

Fare Type Regular F
Monthly Pass: $32.50
Semester Pass: $104

NOTES
A The Strip & Downtown Express (SDX) & The Deuce on The Strip are known as "Premium Service Routes" & premium fares only apply to these routes. All other routes are known as "General Market Routes" & utilize the general market prices.
B One-Hour passes only available on routes 113 (between 5am & 10pm) & MAX to show proof of payment.
C To be able to purchase reduced rides and passes, the RTC requires passengers to show an RTC Reduced ID card, any reduced fare ID card from any US transit agency, a Medicare card, or a current Clark County School District issued school ID. The RTC does not have a program for low-income workers.
D All Paratransit card holders and children under 6 ride for no charge on all routes.
E Locals must show a local ID to ride the Strip & Downtown Express (SDX) & The Deuce on The Strip using any general market pass. Reduced fare prices eliminated for premium routes on September 11, 2011.
F UNLV/NSC/CSN UPass Monthly & Semester Passes are accepted on all RTC routes & students must show their UNLV, NSC, or CSN student ID's when boarding.

Route numbers[edit]

Current routes[edit]

  • 100s: Local North/South routes.
  • 200s: Local East/West routes.
  • 300s: "The Deuce" Strip Corridor routes.
  • 400s: Connector/Circulator/Limited routes.
  • 500s: Surface Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes.
  • 600s: Special Shuttle routes.
  • 700s: Silver STAR routes.
  • 900s: Freeway Commuter Express routes.
  • FDRs: Flexible Demand Response routes.

Former routes[edit]

  • 1 - Maryland Pkwy.
  • 2 - West Flamingo Rd./East Tropicana Ave.
  • 3 - Spring Mountain Rd./East Sahara Ave.
  • 4 - West Sahara Ave./East Desert Inn Rd.
  • 5 - West Oakey Blvd./Stewart Ave.
  • 6 - West Charleston Blvd./East Lake Mead Blvd.
  • 7 - West Vegas Dr./East Charleston Blvd.
  • 8 - Smoke Ranch Rd./East Bonanza Rd.
  • 9 - Cheyenne Ave./East Owens Ave.
  • 10 - Jones Blvd./Valley View Blvd.
  • 11 - Decatur Blvd.
  • 12 - Eastern Ave.
  • 13 - Pecos Rd.
  • 14 - Salt Lake Hwy.
  • 15 - Boulder Hwy.
  • 16 - Las Vegas Strip
  • 17 - Las Vegas Strip Express
  • 18 - Las Vegas Strip Shuttle
  • 19 - Las Vegas Blvd. South/East Flamingo Rd.
  • 20 - Rainbow Blvd./West Tropicana Ave.
  • 21 - Carey Ave./H St.
  • 22 - Mall Hopper
  • 107 - Boulder Hwy./Boulder City (1st use); Boulder Hwy. (2nd use)
  • 109B - Maryland Pkwy. (w/double decker buses)
  • 112 - Desert Inn Rd./Lamb Blvd.
  • 114 - Green Valley Circulator (1st Use); Mountain Vista St./Green Valley (2nd Use)
  • 116 - Boulder City(1st use); Industrial Rd./Koval Ln.(2nd use)
  • 118 - Fort Apache Rd./Rampart Blvd.
  • 119B - Rancho Dr./Losee Rd.
  • 204 - Sahara Ave.
  • 205 - Oakey Blvd.
  • 211 - Smoke Ranch Rd./Carey Ave.
  • 213 - Harmon Ave./Koval Ln. (1st use); Harmon Ave./The Lakes (2nd use); Desert Inn Rd./Lamb Blvd. (3rd use)
  • 216 - Henderson
  • 302 - Las Vegas Strip Express
  • 303 - Mall Circulator/The Deuce Outlet Mall Circulator
  • 401 - Downtown Connector
  • 402 - Mall Hopper (1st use); Crosstown Express (2nd use), Crosstown Limited (3rd use), Crosstown Connector/Boulder City (5th use), Henderson Connector/Boulder City (6th use), Sunset Rd./Boulder City (7th use)
  • 403 - DTC-Craig Connector(1st use); North Las Vegas Connector(2nd use)
  • 404 - Summerlin Circulator(1st use); East Downtown Henderson(2nd use)
  • 405 - Northwest Circulator
  • 406 - West Downtown Henderson
  • 407 - Boulder Hwy. Limited
  • 408 - Southwest Business Loop
  • 409 - Industrial Rd./Main St.
  • 551 - Monorail Downtown Connector
  • 601 - Laughlin(1st use)
  • 602 - Mesquite/Bunkerville/Virgin Valley(1st use)
  • 603 - Laughlin
  • 701 - CAT-CAR [Citizens Area Transit Community Access Route]
  • 702 - CAT-CAR Henderson
  • 707 - Silver Star - Railroad Pass
  • 710 - Silver Star - Winchester/Paradise
  • 713 - Silver Star - Summerlin
  • 801 - Blue Line Express: Las Vegas Blvd. North
  • 802 - Red Line Express: Rancho Dr.
  • 803 - Green Line Express: West Tropicana Ave.
  • 804 - Gold Line Express: East Tropicana Ave.
  • 805 - Rose Line Express: Sahara Ave.
  • 806 - Orange Line Express: Eastern Ave.
  • 807 - Bronze Line Express: Flamingo Rd.
  • 808 - Coral Line Express: Charleston Blvd.

Bus fleet[edit]

Active[edit]

Number Year Model Image Length Quantity Fuel type Engine/
Transmission
Farebox Headsign Garage Handicapped/disabled access Comments
M01-M10 2003 Irisbus Civis CAT Irisbus Civis.jpg 60 ft 10 (9 remain) Diesel-electric SPX Genfare Odyssey Luminator Horizon (orange) Simmons (MV) Yes check.svg These are the only Irisbus Civis coaches in the United States. M10 destroyed by engine fire.
011-061 2008-9 Wright StreetCar RTV RTC Wrightbus Streetcar.JPG 62 ft 51(1 missing) Diesel-electric
  • Cummins ISL 8.9L
    • Allison EP50 Gen-IV Parallel
SPX Genfare Odyssey Luminator Horizon (orange) Sunset (Keolis) Yes check.svg These are the only Streetcar coaches in the United States. Average price per vehicle is $1,300,000. Coaches were originally numbered A011-A061.
101-141 2007 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 CAT Enviro500 103.jpg 40 ft 41 Diesel GFI Genfare Odyssey Luminator Horizon (orange) Sunset (Keolis) & Simmons (MV) Yes check.svg
151-190 2008 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 RTC Alexander Dennis Enviro 500.JPG 42 ft 40 Diesel
  • Cummins ISM 10.8L
    • ZF Ecomat 4 6HP604C
GFI Genfare Odyssey Luminator Horizon (orange) Sunset (Keolis) Yes check.svg
200-249 2005 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 CAT Alexander Dennis E500.jpg 40 ft 50(49 remain) Diesel
  • Cummins M11E CELECT Plus 10.8L
    • Voith D864.3E (units 200-229)
    • ZF Ecomat 2 6HP602 (units 230-249)
GFI Genfare Odyssey &
GFI Genfare CENTSaBILL
Luminator Horizon (orange) Simmons (MV) Yes check.svg These are the first double-deckers to be used for fixed route service in Las Vegas. 224 wrecked.
300-344 2008 New Flyer C40LFR RTC New Flyer CNG 2008.jpg 40 ft 45 CNG
  • Cummins-Westport ISL-G 8.9L
    • Allison B400R6 Gen-IV
GFI Genfare Odyssey Luminator Horizon (orange) Simmons (MV) Yes check.svg
350-379 2013 New Flyer C40LFR RTC New Flyer C40LFR 369.jpg 40 ft 30 CNG
  • Cummins-Westport ISL-G 8.9L
    • Allison B400R6 Gen-V
SPX Genfare Odyssey Luminator Horizon (white) Simmons (MV) Yes check.svg
800-829 2004/2005 New Flyer D60LF CAT New Flyer D60LF.JPG 60 ft 30 Diesel
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR 8.5L
    • Allison B500R6 Gen-III
GFI Genfare
Odyssey
Luminator Horizon (orange) Sunset (Keolis) Yes check.svg Coaches have been refitted with a grill on the engine door to allow cool air to enter, thus avoiding engine fires.
830-865 2013/2014 New Flyer XN60 60 ft 36 CNG SPX Genfare
Odyssey
Hanover Systems (white) Sunset (Keolis) & Simmons (MV) Yes check.svg
900-929 2007 New Flyer DE41LFR Cathybrid.jpg 41 ft 30 Diesel-electric
  • Cummins ISL 8.9L
    • Allison EP40 Gen-IV Parallel
GFI Genfare
Odyssey
Luminator Horizon (orange) Simmons (MV) Yes check.svg 902 is equipped with a Hanover Systems headsign.
949-978 2008 NABI 40-LFW Hybrid (2nd Gen) CAT NABI Hybrid 2008.jpg 40 ft 30 (29 remain) Diesel-electric
  • Cummins ISL 8.9L
    • Allison EP40 Gen-IV Parallel
GFI Genfare
Odyssey
Luminator Horizon (orange) Sunset (Keolis) & Boulder City (SNTC) Yes check.svg Units 970-973 & 975 are with SNTC to operate the RTC's Henderson & Downtown Express (HDX). Units 976-978 are with SNTC to operate under "Silver Rider", which is based in Laughlin. 974 destroyed due to engine fire.
979-998 2008 NABI 40-LFW (2nd Gen) CAT NABI 40LFW 979-998.JPG 40 ft 20 Diesel
  • Cummins ISL 8.9L
    • Allison B400R5
GFI Genfare
Odyssey
Luminator Horizon (orange) Sunset (Keolis) Yes check.svg

Training buses[edit]

Model Picture Length Year Fleet Numbers Quantity Fuel Type Assigned to Division(s) Notes
NABI 40-LFW (1st Gen) CAT NABI 40LFW.jpg 40 ft 1999 703, 707, T711, T713, 714, 737, 739, 747, 750, 759 10 Diesel

On order[edit]

Model Picture Length Year Fleet Numbers Quantity Fuel Type Engine/
Transmission

Retired[edit]

Model Picture Length Year Fleet Numbers Quantity Fuel Type Formerly Assigned to Division(s) Notes
GMC RTS T8J204 (Former LVTS 4521-4525)Handicapped/disabled access 40 ft 1981 101-105 5 Diesel Tompkins
GMC RTS T8J204 (Former LVTS 4401)Handicapped/disabled access 40 ft 1983 150 1 Diesel 1
GMC RTS T8J204 (Former LVTS 4402-4403)Handicapped/disabled access 40 ft 1984 151-152 2 Diesel 2
TMC RTS (Former LVTS 4301-4302)Handicapped/disabled access CAT TMC RTS.JPG 40 ft 1992 153-154 2 Diesel Tompkins, Simmons
Flxible Grumman 870Handicapped/disabled access 40 ft 1981 201-208 8 Diesel Tompkins 3
Flxible Grumman 870 (Former LVTS 4601-4608, 4609-4612)Handicapped/disabled access 40 ft 1982 250-261 12 Diesel Tompkins
Gillig Phantom (Former LVTS 4701-4713)Handicapped/disabled access CAT Gillig Phantom.jpg 40 ft 1990 301-313 13 Diesel Simmons 4, 5
ElDorado TransmarkHandicapped/disabled access CAT Eldorado National Transmark.JPG 33 ft 1997 351-370 20 Diesel Simmons 6
New Flyer D40LFHandicapped/disabled access 40 ft 1998 380-399 20 Diesel 7
New Flyer D40HF Handicapped/disabled access CAT New Flyer D40.JPG 40 ft 1992 401-490 90 Diesel Tompkins, Simmons
New Flyer D60HF (Former LVTS 6101-6104)Handicapped/disabled access CAT New Flyer D60HF 1991.JPG 60 ft 1991 500-503 4 Diesel Tompkins, Simmons 8
Neoplan AN460LHandicapped/disabled access CAT Neoplan AN460L.jpg 60 ft 2001 504-509 6 Diesel Sunset 10
New Flyer D60HFHandicapped/disabled access CAT New Flyer D60HF 510-517.jpg 60 ft 1995 510-517 8 Diesel Simmons
New Flyer D60HFHandicapped/disabled access CAT New Flyer D60HF.JPG 60 ft 1996 520-525 6 Diesel Simmons 9
NABI 436.08VAHandicapped/disabled access CAT NABI 436 530-564.JPG 60 ft 1997 530-564 35 Diesel Sunset 11
NABI 436.08WAHandicapped/disabled access CAT NABI 436.JPG 60 ft 1998 565-575 11 Diesel Sunset
New Flyer D40LFHandicapped/disabled access CAT New Flyer 1994.JPG 40 ft 1994 601-604 4 Diesel Simmons
New Flyer D40LFHandicapped/disabled access CAT New Flyer D40LF 610-631.JPG 40 ft 1995 610-631 22 Diesel Simmons
New Flyer D40LFHandicapped/disabled access CAT New Flyer D40LF.JPG 40 ft 1995 640-657 18 Diesel Simmons
New Flyer C40LFHandicapped/disabled access CAT New Flyer C40LF.JPG 40 ft 2001 670-676 7 CNG Simmons 12
NABI 40-LFW (1st Gen)Handicapped/disabled access CAT NABI 40LFW.jpg 40 ft 1999 701-760 60 Diesel Simmons & Boulder City 12, 13, 14, 15

Notes:
1 Originally Southwest Coaches 148 (later 101); acquired by LVTS in 1991.
2 Originally Southwest Coaches 102-103; acquired by LVTS in 1991.
3 Originally SCCTD 1646, 1679, 1695, 1715, 1768, 1800, 1804, 1809; acquired in 1992.
4 301, 305, 309, 310, 311, 312 were given to the Southern Nevada Transit Coalition to operate under the "Silver Rider" transit system, which is based in Laughlin and Mesquite, Nevada. Silver Rider has retired and removed these coaches from their property as of April 2009.
5 302 was sold to a private citizen.
6 Although these coaches were fairly new, they were retired due to their small capacity. At least one has been sold to Tijuana, Mexico.
7 These coaches were rejected by RTC and acquired by LACMTA. LACMTA commissioned these coaches as units 3000-3019 & they've since been retired.
8 501, 502, and 503 were sold to ABC bus company in Florida.
9 520 & 521 were retired before 522-525.
10 Entire series retired due to cracked suspension frame.
11 548 was destroyed due to tire fire back in 2004.
12 Some remain as training buses.
13 731 & 744 are with SNTC to operate the RTC's Henderson & Downtown Express (HDX) as last resort buses.
14 712, 729, & 748 operate in Laughlin under SNTC's "Silver Rider".
15 727 & 734 are in Laughlin; possibly under SNTC.

Bus terminals[edit]

Downtown Transportation Center[edit]

The Downtown Transportation Center

The Downtown Transportation Center (or "DTC") was the main transit center for the RTC systems in downtown Las Vegas. The DTC had 30 numbered bays, and 4 unnumbered bays that serviced 14 RTC routes, and a private Primm employee shuttle route. The DTC was opened in the late 1980s to serve as the main terminal for the Las Vegas City Trolley, and for the private Las Vegas Transit System, Inc. In 1992, it became the terminal for Citizens Area Transit, once Las Vegas Transit ceased operations. Originally, the DTC only had 23 bays, with two of them unnumbered. In 1999, the city expanded the terminal by building a northern plaza which required closing down Mesquite Ave. in the area. The DTC remained under ownership of the City of Las Vegas until July 31, 2009 when the city discontinued their CityRide transit system and transferred control of the terminal to the RTC. The RTC closed the aging terminal on November 7, 2010, with the grand opening of the Bonneville Transit Center.

DTC amenities[edit]

  • 34 transit bays
  • restrooms
  • security offices
  • customer service windows
  • waiting room
  • ticket vending machines
  • 1-hour visitor parking

South Strip Transfer Terminal[edit]

The South Strip Transfer Terminal (or "SSTT"), owned by the RTC, is located just south of McCarran Airport on Sunset Rd. and Gilespie St. The SSTT was opened in 2003 after the Vacation Village Casino was closed, which was the southern terminus for many CAT routes. The SSTT has 18 transit bays that are serviced by 8 RTC routes & Megabus, which began on December 12, 2012, providing service from the SSTT to Los Angeles via Riverside. In 2008 the Park & Ride lot was expanded, doubling the amount of spaces available in response to the overwhelming use of the lot by commuters heading to the airport.

SSTT amenities[edit]

  • 18 transit bays
  • payphones
  • restrooms
  • security offices
  • transit vault
  • customer service windows
  • waiting room
  • vending machines
  • ticket vending machines
  • "Park & Ride" lot
  • "Kiss & Ride" passenger drop-off and pick-up area

SSTT Bays[edit]

  • 1 - 109 / Deuce on The Strip AM Route / SDX (unloading only)
  • 2 - 109 / Deuce on The Strip AM Route / SDX (unloading only)
  • 3 - 109 / Deuce on The Strip AM Route / SDX (unloading only)
  • 4 - 109 / Deuce on The Strip AM Route / SDX (unloading only)
  • 5 - Not Used
  • 6 - 212 East
  • 7 - 117 South
  • 8 - Not Used
  • 9 - Megabus to Riverside and Los Angeles[8]
  • 10 - Not Used
  • 11 - Not Used
  • 12 - 104 North
  • 13 - Silver Rider/Paratransit
  • 14 - SDX North / Deuce on The Strip AM Route North (loading only)
  • 15 - 217 West
  • 16 - 217 East
  • 17 - 109 North (loading only)
  • 18 - 109 North (loading only)

Bonneville Transit Center[edit]

The Bonneville Transit Center (or "BTC") is a transit terminal that was built to replace the aging Downtown Transportation Center as the main downtown terminal for local fixed route service. It opened on November 7, 2010 and is located on the corner of Bonneville Ave. and Casino Center Blvd. It has 16 internal bays, 4 external bays, and an air-conditioned lobby for transit riders. The Deuce On The Strip, MAX, Strip & Downtown Express (SDX), Boulder Highway Express (BHX), Centennial Express (CX), Westcliff Airport Express (WAX), Henderson & Downtown Express (HDX), & Downtown & Veterans Medical Center Express (DVX) are featured here.

BTC amenities[edit]

  • 20 transit bays
  • restrooms
  • security offices
  • customer service windows
  • waiting room
  • ticket vending machines
  • bicycle racks and lockers
  • cyclist showers
  • bike repair shop
  • RTC Transit Administration offices

BTC Bays[edit]

  • 1 - 105 North
  • 2 - DVX North
  • 3 - 214 East/214 West
  • 4 - HDX South
  • 5 - 207 East & West
  • 6 - 206 West
  • 7 - 109 South
  • 8 - 109 South
  • 9 - 208 East
  • 10 - 215 East
  • 11 - 106 North [106A/106B]
  • 12 - 206 East
  • 13 - BHX South
  • 14 - BHX South
  • 15 - 113 North
  • 16 - MAX North
  • 17 - 108 North, CX North, & WAX North
  • 18 - CX South & WAX South
  • 19 - 208 West & Deuce On The Strip South
  • 20 - 108 South
  • Transitway on Casino Center Blvd. – SDX North & South, Deuce On The Strip North
  • On Garces Ave. - Primm Employee Shuttle

Centennial Hills Transit Center Park & Ride[edit]

The Centennial Hills Transit Center is a transit terminal operated by the RTC to serve the northwest valley and its residents. It includes 900 parking spaces, park & ride, indoor waiting facility, next arrival information and restrooms. Construction began in July 2009, and it opened March 28, 2010 in conjunction with the launch of the ACExpress C-Line (renamed to C-Line Express in May 2010 & Centennial Express in November 2010). The facility is located at Grand Montecito Parkway and Elkhorn Road. Routes that currently serve the Centennial Hills Transit Center are: 106A, 106B, and the Centennial Express (CX).

CHTC amenities[edit]

  • 4 transit stops
  • restrooms
  • security offices
  • waiting room
  • ticket vending machines
  • 900 Park & Ride parking spots
  • Park & Ride

CHTC Bays[edit]

  • Lot 1 - 106B South, CX South
  • Lot 2 - Not Used
  • Lot 3 - Not Used
  • Ace Blvd./Grand Montecito Pkwy. - 106A South

Westcliff Transit Center[edit]

The Westcliff Transit Center is a transit terminal built in the valley's west side community of Summerlin. This terminal is the park & ride for the residents of Summerlin and officially opened on December 12, 2010 in conjunction with the launch of the Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) connecting passengers to McCarran Airport & downtown Las Vegas from the valley's west side. Routes 207, 208 & 209 began service here on November 7, 2010. Route 120 began service here on March 2, 2014.

WTC amenities[edit]

  • 9 transit bays
  • restrooms
  • waiting room
  • ticket vending machines
  • Park & Ride

WTC Bays[edit]

  • 1 - WAX East/South
  • 2 - Not Used
  • 3 - Not Used
  • 4 - 120 North
  • 5 - Not Used
  • 6 - 207 East
  • 7 - 208 East
  • 8 - 209 East
  • Durango Dr./Westcliff Dr. - 120 South & WAX North/West

UNLV Transit Center[edit]

The UNLV Transit Center is a transit terminal built on the UNLV campus in Central Las Vegas. It is located near Maryland Pkwy. & University Rd. & officially opened on September 4, 2013. Route 602 (special event service) & Centennial Express (CX) began service here on September 5, 2013.

UNLVTC amenities[edit]

  • 6 transit bays
  • ticket vending machines
  • UNLV
  • In & Out Burger

UNLVTC Bays[edit]

  • 1 - Not Used
  • 2 - Not Used
  • 3 - Not Used
  • 4 - 602 (Certain Special Events Only)
  • 5 - CX North & South
  • 6 - Not Used

Accidents and incidents[edit]

March 9, 2004 (continued to 2010)[edit]

On the afternoon of March 9, 2004 Lorraine Macdonald was cycling towards the Fashion Show Mall alongside a CAT Bus. The bus driver failed to look in her rear view mirror and side-swiped Lorraine Macdonald twice, which did not kill her but left her wheelchair-bound with on-going injuries. March 2007, Miss Macdonald took the bus company to court and won the case, however the bus company appealed and the verdict was reversed in the Nevada Supreme Court and another trial ordered. In March 2010, Miss Macdonald went back to court and won the case again which the bus company has again appealed & won.

July 19, 2006[edit]

On the night of July 19, 2006, an Alexander Dennis coach on the "Deuce" service was traveling north on Interstate 15. A tire failed and the bus went through an opening in the median barrier rail that had been removed for construction access. The coach continued through the median and over a barrier on the southbound side of the Interstate. The coach was spinning clockwise when it was hit by a tractor trailer, which caused the bus to spin the other way and collide again with the trailer before coming to a rest. Due to the size of the cleanup, and the need to investigate the accident, the road was not reopened until approximately 10:00 am the following morning. The driver of tractor trailer was killed in the accident. The passenger in the tractor trailer was unrestrained at the time of the accident, and was severely injured. The driver of the coach was severely injured, and partially disabled.

Following the accident, the coach was retained at the RTC Tompkins yard, covered by a giant tarp to preserve it for inspection during the ongoing investigation and litigation. Upon closure of the RTC Tompkins facility, the bus was taken from the facility and moved to an off-site storage location. In 2011, with the investigation over, the bus was moved to the RTC Simmons facility where the bus was finally dismantled for any usable parts & eventually scrapped.

Initial investigation revealed concerns about problems with the tire were reported a few times by drivers prior to the accident. Maintenance records show that each time a problem was reported it was inspected and evaluated by the mechanics. Additionally, the companies involved in the removal of the barrier were also investigated for contributing to the accident.

January 3, 2008[edit]

Bus 915 in November 2007 prior to the accident.

On the night of January 3, 2008, a CAT bus collided through two brick walls before finally hitting a house. Around 9:30 pm, CAT bus 915 on route 207 was heading south on Christy Lane and turning left onto Mabel Road, when the bus hit a Ford Mustang car. This sent the bus out of control and into the brick walls and the house. There were three minor injuries on the bus, and unconfirmed injuries in the Mustang. The bus was not taken off the property until the next morning, because officials were concerned that the bus might have made the house structurally unsafe. Support columns were placed in the house and the bus was removed.

March 17, 2008[edit]

On the night of March 17, 2008, CAT bus number 653 struck and killed a pedestrian at the intersection of Washington and Rancho.

July 7, 2008[edit]

On the morning of July 7, 2008, A red truck hit the CAT bus stop on Boulder Highway and Flamingo Road, killing 1 woman and seriously injuring another woman. The driver was arrested and officers said he was under the influence of prescription painkillers.

July 8, 2008[edit]

The day following a deadly crash at a CAT bus stop, another incident occurred with a naked man stealing a bus. At around 7:30 a.m., Charles Sell was near Washington Ave. and Lamb Blvd, when police reported that, while naked, he stole beer from a 7-11, and then proceeded to steal CAT paratransit vehicle 1792. He punched the door glass, boarded, and took control while the bus driver jumped off for safety. A few hundred yards away, he jumped off while the bus continued in motion. A Metro officer boarded and stopped the vehicle. Police arrested Sell and booked him into the Clark County Detention Center on charges of Grand Larceny Auto and Robbery.

September 13, 2012[edit]

On the morning of September 13, 2012, a man in a 2001 Chevy Monte Carlo, crashed into the bus stop at Spring Mountain and Dectaur, killing four, and injuring 8. The impact tore some of the victims to pieces, and hurled some dozens of yards from the point of impact. According to Las Vegas police officer Laura Meltzer, it was difficult to determine their identities, but police believe all were waiting for the bus. They were identified Thursday night only as three women, ages 65, 49 and 47, plus a 24-year-old man, all of Las Vegas. The man was arrested on suspicion of DUI and was listed in critical condition.[9]

January 28, 2013[edit]

On the afternoon of January 28, 2013, a woman, driving a 2004 Ford Taurus, crashed into a double decker bus at Charleston and Rainbow, killing herself and injuring 5 people who were on the bus. The people of the bus only suffered minor injuries.[10]

Service area[edit]

RTC Transit operates a grid-type system within the Las Vegas Valley, which includes the four incorporated cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City; in addition, the remaining service area is in unincorporated Clark County under the Las Vegas Township, which includes Enterprise, Paradise (home of the Strip), Spring Valley, Sunrise Manor, Whitney (formerly East Las Vegas) and Winchester. The system's three busiest routes, The Deuce on The Strip, Strip & Downtown Express (SDX), and Route 109 Maryland Parkway, provide service to the Las Vegas Strip and McCarran International Airport, respectively. Approximately 40% of Clark County residents do not live within close proximity of a bus stop.

RTC Transit also operates special routes for occasions such as sporting events at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Routes, times, frequencies and stops[edit]

The RTC currently operates 41 routes with 12 routes operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including The Deuce on The Strip. Most routes run from early morning (04:00) until late night (01:00). On weekends & holidays, some routes either operate less frequently, operate with less hours, or not operate at all. Las Vegas has one of the most comprehensive night bus networks in the United States, owing to the 24 hour nature of the casinos and hospitality industry.

RTC Paratransit[edit]

Even though all buses in the system have wheelchair lifts, RTC operates RTC Paratransit for people who have difficulty in accessing the regular transit system. By-appointment-only paratransit is a door-to-door service. RTC also maintains an open charge account with a local taxicab company to service paratransit ridership when unforeseen delays occur, frequently caused by traffic congestion.

Fares[edit]

Fares effective as of July 1, 2013:

Fare Type Regular
4 Single Ride Coupon Booklet $12
10 Single Ride Coupon Booklet $30
22 Single Rides $40
46 Single Rides $80
Personal Care Attendant FREE

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