September 14, 2009
The classifieds in this issue include two chief executive officer positions!
Las Vegas RTC Launches Work on Two Transit Hubs
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) broke ground Aug. 31 on a new transit facility in downtown Las Vegas. RTC is using a $5.5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) grant for the $17 million Bonneville Transit Center, which will serve as the central transit hub for the ACE Rapid Transit system, ACExpress Commuter services, and the RTC’s fixed route transit system when it opens next year.
“The RTC’s new Bonneville Transit Center will be an excellent example of the RTC’s newest motto: quicker, cleaner, and greener,” said Jacob Snow, general manager of the agency. “It has been designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification and will include a number of sustainability elements including the use of solar power, water-efficient landscaping, and showers for those interested in cycling to and from work.” The site plan also includes preferred parking for hybrid vehicles, an on-site bike storage area with space for 100 bikes, and a self-service bike repair shop.
The RTC’s ACE Gold line, a Bus Rapid Transit service connecting downtown Las Vegas with the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Strip, will stop at the Bonneville Transit Center when it opens in the spring of 2010. It will operate on a route equipped with level platform boarding, off-board fare collection, and a dedicated transit-only lane at some points.
The ACE Blue line, the current MAX line on Las Vegas Boulevard North, and the ACE Green line, which will be constructed on Boulder Highway, also will stop at the facility.
The kickoff at the Bonneville site follows the launch of work on RTC’s Centennial Hills Transit Center and Park & Ride, located in the growing northwest portion of the Las Vegas Valley. This project, which received $8.8 million in ARRA funding, provides such amenities as an air-conditioned waiting area, more than 900 free parking spaces, and several bike racks.
RTC routes based at the new transit center, scheduled to open in 2010, will include the planned ACExpress C Line, an express bus service designed to provide a faster ride for commuters into the center of Las Vegas. This limited-stop line—which also will provide service to the Bonneville facility—will operate in carpool lanes along one of southern Nevada’s most critical freeways, U.S. 95, cutting transit travel times in half.