LAS VEGAS – Some major service changes have been implemented today by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.
In addition, the RTC will be transitioning its transit service amongst two contractors. As a result, transit customers may experience service delays. The RTC advises riders factor in additional time into their commutes during the transition as a precaution.
The transit service changes include increased frequencies, later and/or earlier operating hours, schedule adjustments and modifications to the Boulder Highway Express (BHX), Henderson & Downtown Express (HDX), Route 212-Sunset Road and Route 402-Sunset/Boulder City.
Boarding changes will take place on the Sahara Express (SX), BHX and HDX that will require passengers to board through the front door and pay or swipe their passes at the farebox.
The transit service changes that are effective today include:
---Route 101–Rainbow: A northbound trip at 7:22 p.m. on weekdays and at 7:27 p.m. on Saturdays will be added, resulting in half hour frequency continuing one hour later in the evening. A southbound trip will be added at 4:51 a.m. on weekdays, resulting in an approximate half hour frequency beginning one hour earlier in the morning.
---Route 102–Jones: A northbound trip will be added at 6:52 p.m. on weekdays and 6:53 p.m. on Saturdays, resulting in half hour frequency continuing one hour later in the evening. Additional minor schedule and timing adjustments will also be made.
---Route 103–Decatur: A southbound trip during the 2 a.m. hour and northbound trip during the 3 a.m. will be added, resulting in full restoration of 24-hour service along Decatur between CC-215 South and CC-215 North.. Additionally, special overnight routing will be eliminated.
---Route 108–Paradise/Swenson: Northbound Route 108 trips will now service Bay 17 rather than Bay 13at the Bonneville Transit Center. Weekday and Saturday schedules will be modified to operate at a more consistent 30-minute frequency during morning and afternoon hours. The route will also combine two southbound weekday early morning trips into one to enhance efficiency.
---Route 109–Maryland Parkway: Overnight service will operate hourly between 1:30-4 a.m.
---Route 110–Eastern: The loop at the south end of the route will reverse; the south end layover will be relocated to northbound Eastern Ave. just north of Horizon Ridge Pkwy. The north end layover will be relocated to the existing bus stop on the CSN campus. These layover relocations will improve the convenience of transit service for customers traveling in these areas. Changes will also include increased weekday afternoon frequency to every 20 minutes and minor schedule and timing adjustments.
---Route 111–Green Valley Pkwy. /Pecos: Special evening and Sunday routing at the The District will be modified to use the same turnaround used during daytime hours. Minor schedule and timing adjustments will also be made.
---Route 113–Las Vegas Blvd. North: Overnight service will be reduced to once an hour and minor schedule and timing adjustments will be made. Additionally, double-deck coaches will replace 60’ vehicles along the route.
---Route 212 –Sunset Road: Off-peak service will be reinstated in conjunction with the merging of Route 402-Sunset Rd./Boulder City with the HDX.; all trips along Sunset Road will now be operated by Route 212 Frequency will be increased to every 45 minutes during weekday mid-day hours and daytime hours on weekends and holidays. Additionally, east end routing will be modified to operate a shortened loop.
---Route 218–Cheyenne: The first westbound weekend trip of the morning will now begin at Las Vegas Blvd. instead of Simmons. Minor schedule and timing adjustments will also be made.
---Route 219–Craig Road: An eastbound trip beginning at 6:48 p.m. will be added, resulting in a frequency increase during this time period. Minor schedule and timing adjustments will also be made.
---Route 402–Sunset Road/Boulder City: This route will be replaced by a combination of the following revised routes: 1) All service along Sunset to be provided by Route 212-Sunset Rd.; 2) Service along Boulder Hwy between Sunset and Wagonwheel will be provided by the newly modified Boulder Highway Express (BHX) or Henderson & Downtown Express (HDX). Additionally, service to Boulder City will be provided via the modified HDX.
---Sahara Express Shuttle: The first and last Sahara Express (SX) shuttle trips from the eastbound route at 7:42 a.m. and 6:16 p.m. will be eliminated.
---Boulder Highway Express (BHX): In conjunction with the HDX the route will be restructured and will extend all trips south to College and Horizon with weekday and Saturday service to CSN Henderson. Streetcar vehicles will be replaced with a combination of traditional articulated, double-deck, and 40’ buses and boarding changes will take place with all customers required to enter through the front door and swipe passes or pay a fare. Lastly, frequency during weekday afternoons will increase to every 15 minutes and every 20 minutes during other daytime hours, seven days a week.
---Sahara Express (SX): Boarding changes will take place requiring all customers to enter through the front door and swipe passes or pay a fare.
---Centennial Express (CX): The route will be extended to serve the new UNLV Transit Center, which is expected to open this fall. The current 7:06 a.m. and 7:23 a.m. southbound trips will be consolidated into a southbound trip at 7:16 a.m. The 7:53 a.m. southbound trip will now begin at 7:49 a.m. The 3:35 p.m. northbound trip beginning at Spring Mtn./Las Vegas Blvd will instead begin at 3:11 p.m. at the UNLV Transit Center. The 2:53 p.m. northbound trip will begin at 2:38 p.m.
--- Route 115 –Nellis/Stephanie: An additional partial trip to perform the Russell/Mountain Vista loop during 11 a.m. hour on Weekdays and Saturdays will be added.
---Route 119–Simmons/Koval: A northbound trip will be added beginning at 12:12 p.m., resulting in 30-minute northbound weekday afternoon frequency beginning one hour earlier.
---Route 201–Tropicana: Weekday service frequency will be increased to every 15 minutes. Frequency on Saturdays and Sundays will be increased to every 20 minutes during daytime hours. Service along 201B will begin slightly earlier in the morning and end slightly later in the evening.
---Route 203–Spring Mtn./Desert Inn/Lamb: Sunday afternoon frequency will be increased to every 30 minutes and an additional southbound/westbound trip during the 9 p.m. hour will also be added.
---Route 206–Charleston: Frequency on Saturdays & Sundays will be increased to every 20 minutes during daytime hours. Westbound weekday morning frequency will also be increased to every 15 minutes beginning at approximately 8 a.m.
---Westcliff Area Express (WAX): There will be an addition of an earlier eastbound/southbound trip on Saturdays, with the first trip beginning at 5 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. A new schedule will also be in effect to improve route timeliness, especially during weekday afternoon hours.
---Henderson & Downtown Express (HDX): In conjunction with the BHX, the HDX will be restructured and will become a true freeway express route, extending to Boulder City as a replacement for Route 402-Sunset Rd./Boulder City. The route will be operating once per hour, except for a one hour period in the morning and afternoon to correspond with the busiest commuting times, during which the HDX will operate 30 minute frequencies. Streetcar vehicles will be replaced with traditional 40’ buses and boarding changes will take place requiring all customers to enter through the front door and swipe passes or pay a fare. This route will also stop at a new RTC park and ride location at the Fiesta Henderson Casino.
---Minor schedule and timing adjustments will also be made to the following routes:
Route 104–Valley View/Arville
105–Martin L. King
117–Las Vegas Blvd. South/Silverado Ranch
214–H Street/D Street
217–Warm Springs/Downtown Henderson and MAX Las Vegas Blvd North.