Contact: Brian Farber
LAS VEGAS – The Bonneville Transit Center, a state-of-the-art facility that enhances public transit access for the region and contributes to the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas, will open today thanks to money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff joined Southern Nevada transportation and business leaders in celebrating the grand opening.
“The Recovery Act played a critical role in getting this project over the finish line and providing good-paying construction jobs for Las Vegas,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Whether they are riding a bus or a bicycle, this new facility will improve the quality of life for commuters throughout the region. It will provide modern transit service that is both reliable and efficient while improving the environment of Southern Nevada.”
The 21,000 square-foot transit center, operated by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), provides a new central transit hub for commuter express, rapid transit, and fixed-route buses serving the Las Vegas Valley.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) paid $17.4 million of the project’s $20.4 million total cost. FTA’s share includes $5.5 million from the Recovery Act. RTC broke ground on the facility in August 2009.
“The City of Las Vegas operates around the clock, so offering safe, reliable, and comfortable public transportation choices for workers and visitors is essential,” said FTA Administrator Rogoff. “The Bonneville Transit Center is a great example of a modern, sustainable transportation facility that not only improves access to the Strip and other attractions, but also opens up new opportunities for economic development in Las Vegas’ downtown business district.”
Located in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas at Casino Center Boulevard and Bonneville Avenue, the Bonneville Transit Center was designed to complement the redevelopment and revitalization of the Downtown Las Vegas area.
The facility, which houses RTC administrative offices, will also feature 16 on-site bus bays, air-conditioned waiting areas for passengers, canvas shade structures with solar panels, and preferred parking spaces for hybrid vehicles. The center is also bike-friendly, with nearly 100 parking spaces for bicycles and an on-site bike repair shop. RTC buses, many of which are equipped with front racks and inside bike hangers, currently carry 60,000 bikes each month.
In addition to regular fixed route service, the Bonneville Transit Center will also serve MAX, Strip & Downtown Express, Centennial Express, and the Westcliff Airport Express bus rapid transit lines, and Deuce on the Strip double-decker buses.
Today’s grand opening follows on the heels of additional public transit assistance for Las Vegas. On October 4, RTC was one of 45 recipients nationwide to receive FTA funds to help bring transit buses, bus facilities, and related equipment into a state of good repair. RTC received $8 million in discretionary funds to replace a fleet of aging diesel-fuel buses.