Biden Administration Announces Funding for Las Vegas Transit

April 2, 2024
Approximately $150 million will go to a new bus rapid transit line

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced yesterday a $149.9 million grant award to the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) to support the construction of a faster, more frequent bus route through Las Vegas.

"The Biden administration is proud to give Las Vegas residents and visitors faster, cleaner, more reliable bus service along 12 miles of Maryland Parkway," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. "With dedicated bus lanes, traffic signal priority, and new hydrogen-powered buses, this project will deliver a cleaner, better, faster commute."

The grant will allow 15 hydrogen fuel cell-powered, 60-foot articulated buses will be added to travel the 12.5-mile Maryland Parkway route. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service will replace traditional bus lines and connect to Harry Reid International Airport.

The buses will run in 7.2 miles of dedicated lanes and receive traffic signal priority while in mixed-flow traffic, reducing transit time for riders. The transit agency estimates the new BRT service will decrease travel time for riders by about 20% compared to the current, traditional bus route that takes more than an hour to run 20 miles.

"While Las Vegas is normally thought of as a tourist mecca, we know that thousands of Nevadans depend on transit to move them around this growing, thriving city," said FTA Acting Administrator Veronica Vanterpool. "The faster, more reliable, more convenient service provided by Bus Rapid Transit has created an economic boost for communities across the country. We know it will bring that same impact to workers, students, and others who call Las Vegas home."

The project also includes shared bus-bike lanes, wider sidewalks, and improvements to lighting, and landscaping.


Source: FTA

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