Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada

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Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
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#915 (under the Citizens Area Transit brand) at the downtown transit center on the 105.
Founded 1992
Headquarters Las Vegas, Nevada
Locale Southern Nevada
Service area Clark County, Nevada
Service type Local bus transit, highways
Operator
Chief executive Tina Quigley
Website Regional Transportation Commission

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is the transit authority and the transportation-planning agency for Southern Nevada.

RTC Transit[edit]

Main article: RTC Transit

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) transit fleet consists of 37 routes served by 387 vehicles. In 2009, RTC Transit carried 57,738,930 passengers in the greater Las Vegas Valley. RTC Transit consists of 28 fixed route service routes, 7 express service routes, & 2 Las Vegas Strip service routes such as The Deuce & Strip & Downtown Express (SDX).

Services provided[edit]

  • RTC Transit - All public transportation routes available to the public.
  • RTC Paratransit - Shared-ride, program for those who are functionally unable to use the RTC's fixed-route system.
  • SIlverSTAR & FDR - A service designed with senior citizens in mind with stops at senior community centers and areas.
  • Mobility Training - One-on-one or group training program to help people with disabilities learn to use transit.
  • Bike & Ride - Learn how to use your bicycle and transit together.
  • Transit Centers and Park & Ride Facilities - Conveniently located transit centers and park & ride facilities to help you get around with transit.
  • Transit Ambassadors - Ambassadors along Las Vegas Blvd. answering questions for transit riders who may be new or just have a question about transit.
  • Heading to McCarran Airport? RTC Transit services to and from McCarran International Airport

RTC Rapid Transit and RTC Commuter Services[edit]

In response to the ever increasing demand for faster service along the Las Vegas Valley's busiest roads, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has introduced the Gold Line that connects Downtown Las Vegas to the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Las Vegas Strip.

The RTC also provides a commuter service that transports passengers from the Centennial Hills Transit Center and Park & Ride in the northwest, to Downtown, the Strip, and ends at the UNLV campus in the southeast.

The Street Car RTV vehicles travel in dedicated lanes where possible, with less frequent stops than fixed-route transit, enabling the service to change routes based on traffic patterns and move passengers longer distances in a shorter time period than fixed-route bus service.

The bus rapid transit system is a seamless network of links throughout the Las Vegas Valley to various connection points of other transportation lines with more frequent stops and will have many rail-like features such as level platform boarding and multiple doors for easy loading. Riders wait at new, comfortable, and modern shelters that will compliment the bus rapid transit experience. To help reduce wait times, you are able to purchase a Transit Pass off of the vehicle. This new rapid transit system has the appearance and feel of a light rail transit network at a considerably lower cost.

Security[edit]

Security on the residential, express, and strip transit routes, and all RTC terminals and select platforms is provided by the private security firm Allied-Barton under contract to the RTC. The previous contract holder was Wackenhut Security (now G4S) until losing the contract in 2009. Since then, increased crime in the Las Vegas Metropolitan area[1] has prompted an increased security presence in the transit system as a whole. The officers primary task is that of fare enforcement, but will also engage in enforcing other RTC policies and rules, to include the removal of loiters, those causing disturbances, and those posing safety hazards at RTC stops and facilities, and insuring the general safety of staff and customers.

On December 15, 2014, a fatal shooting involving a transit security officer and Christopher Gene Boudinot occurred at the Paris Hotel and Casino stop at about 1:45am. Boudinot was removed from a bus for creating a disturbance. After lingering at the bus stop, he pulled a .45 caliber handgun and shot the officer several times. The officer returned fire and fatally shot Boudinot. The transit officer was rushed to UMC and eventually recovered while Boudinot was declared dead at the scene.[2][3]

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