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RTC board approves changes to Las Vegas transit service

RTC board approves changes to Las Vegas transit service

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Apr 13, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada Board of Commissioners has approved changes to some of the valley's transit routes in an effort to provide the most transit service possible, while staying within the agency's budget.

The RTC sought community input about the changes during a 60-day public comment period.

As a result of the community feedback, the final set of transit service changes includes some alternations to the initial proposal.

Specifically, the RTC voted to adjust the new Sahara Express route to include a third branch of service in the east valley and to defer a decision to eliminate Route 207 (Alta/Stewart) for one year. That route will operate with a reduced span of service hours instead.

The new Sahara Express route will run from the Red Rock casino-resort on the west side of the valley and continue east of Boulder Highway.

The route will have three local branches to serve communities on the east side of the valley. It will branch out at Lamb and Nellis Boulevards to serve neighborhoods north and south of Sahara Avenue. The third branch as approved by the RTC Board will operate east on Vegas Valley Drive, north on Hollywood Boulevard and west on Sahara Avenue to preserve service to neighborhoods around Las Vegas High School and East Career & Technical Academy.

Other changes include:

-- Route 207 will not be eliminated as proposed. The route will now operate 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends and holidays.

-- Route 211, which starts at Mountain View Hospital and travels along Smoke Ranch Road and Carey Avenue to Nellis Boulevard, will be eliminated.

-- Route 208, hich starts at the Westcliff Transit Center and travels east along Washington Avenue, will continue east to Sloan Road, instead of Hollywood Boulevard, due to low ridership. The new route will travel south on Sloan Road, west on Bonanza Road and back to Washington Avenue via Nellis Boulevard.

-- Route 402, which currently ends at the Galleria at Sunset Mall, will be extended to the South Strip Transfer Terminal along Sunset Road. To accommodate the extension of Route 402 and eliminate redundant service, the operating hours of Route 212 (Sunset) will be reduced.

Several other routes and schedules will also be modified. Many of the changes will streamline service and, in some cases, result in enhanced service in certain communities.

Details on all the changes can be found at rtcsnv.com.

 

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for PositivelyLV.com and contributes to KTNV.com and NowTrending.com.