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Two Agencies Open Routes, Extend Service

RTC Improves Access to Jobs
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in Las Vegas recently launched a route that improves access to the 65,000 residents and 33,000 jobs within one-half mile of the route.

The new eight-mile Route 122, operated by Keolis North America for RTC, connects the South Strip Transfer Terminal in Las Vegas with the neighboring city of Henderson, serving high-density residential areas, medical facilities, shopping centers, entertainment venues and a library and community center.

“An effective and accessible public transportation system is critical to enhancing mobility, supporting commerce and improving our community,” said Henderson Councilwoman and RTC Vice Chair Debra March. “It has been more than three years since new or enhanced transit service was introduced to the Henderson community. Since then, Henderson has welcomed many new residents and businesses, resulting in higher demand for transportation options and making now the right time to launch Route 122.”

Releasing tethered balloons to celebrate RTC’s new route are, from left: Keolis North America executive Cecil Fielder, RTC Deputy General Manager MJ Maynard, Henderson Chamber of Commerce CEO Scott Muelrath, Henderson Councilwoman and RTC Vice Chair Debra March, UNLV student and transit rider Kaylan Poindexter, RTC General Manager Tina Quigley and Henderson City Manager Bob Murnane.

NCRTD to Reach Apache Nation

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), Española, NM, will partner with the Jicarilla Apache Nation (JAN) to begin service from Dulce, tribal headquarters, 31 miles to Chama and an additional 85 miles to Farmington, providing connections to healthcare, job centers and fresh food retailers.

The free service is funded through a $211,197 FTA Tribal Transit Program grant. JAN collaborated with NCRTD on the grant application, and they will work together on operation plans and the purchase of a vehicle; the new route is scheduled to begin when the new bus arrives. NCRTD, which covers a 10,000-square-mile service area, will operate the line as part of its “Blue Bus” service.

“The NCRTD and its member entities are excited to be collaborating and working with the Jicarilla Apache Nation to expand tribal and community member access to medical, shopping, jobs and schools, as well as basic quality-of-life services,” said Daniel Barrone, NCRTD chair and mayor of the town of Taos.

JAN President Wainwright Velarde said, “Transit is a needed service for us here in rural Dulce. It will not only increase access to business-related services but also recreational activities.”

The reservation is located in two northern New Mexico counties and has a land area of 1,364 square miles and a population of 3,974.

The grant is part of $5 million in FTA grants to improve transit options on tribal lands. For details, click here.
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