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RTC raises fares and service charges

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 5/25/2012 4:56 pm
If you ride the bus you're going to want to listen to this. Fares on the increase. News 3's Sergio Avila is live in downtown Las Vegas where people use that bus. There are two routes that are affected by this fare increase and those are the Downtown express and the Deuce.

The routes are currently a five bucks for a two hour pass and seven dollars for a twenty-four hour pass. Each one of those fares will be going up a dollar. The RTC is telling us the majority of people who ride those routes are tourists so not many locals will be feeling the increase.

LAS VEGAS -- The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada recently approved changes to some of the valley’s transit fares

Fares will be raised for the RTC’s Strip routes, Paratransit service, and reduced fare passes. Regular fares for residential routes will not increase. The decision also changes some of the RTC’s policies governing Paratransit service.

The decision to adjust fares and policies came after a 60-day public comment period. The original proposal called for larger fare increases, but the RTC made adjustments to the proposal based on public input. The approved adjustments are listed below.

Strip & Downtown Express Service and Deuce on the Strip Service:
  • Increase the fixed route Strip 24-hour All Access Pass from $7 to $8
  • Increase the fixed route Strip 2-hour All Access Pass from $5 to $6
Strip fares will change Sept. 30, 2012. Locals who purchase residential passes may use them on any route, including the Strip, at no additional charge.

Residential Routes (including Centennial, Westcliff Airport, Boulder Highway, Henderson & Downtown and Sahara Express routes):
  • Introduce a 15-day pass for $34. This pass will replace the 5-day pass that is currently offered.
  • Change the reduced fare discount offered on the RTC’s residential transit routes to a flat 50 percent discount for all passes. Reduced-fare day passes will cost $2.50, reduced fare 15-day passes will cost $17, and reduced fare monthly passes will cost $32.50. Reduced-fare passes are available for youth 6-17, seniors 60 and over, and persons with disabilities.
These changes will be effective Sept. 30, 2012.

Paratransit Service Changes:

Paratransit service is a door-to-door, shared ride service required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The service is designed for passengers who are unable to utilize regular transit service all or part of the time due to a disability. Paratransit is significantly more expensive to operate than regular transit service.

The RTC approved the following changes to Paratransit fares and service area:
  • Replace the $80 Unlimited Ride Monthly Pass with a 46 single rides coupon book for $80 or a 22 single rides coupon book for $40. Only one coupon book may be purchased per calendar month and coupon books expire at the end of each calendar month. Passengers who wish to take additional rides will be charged the $3 single-ride Paratransit fare. This change will be effective as of July 2013.
  • Align the Paratransit service area with the area served by the RTC’s regular transit service, within the guidelines of the ADA. The RTC will no longer provide service to clients who live beyond the RTC’s service area. As of July 2015, approximately 480 clients will have to make their way into the service area in order to travel on Paratransit. Additionally, the RTC’s Paratransit service hours of operation will be aligned with regular transit service. As a result, service will be eliminated in some neighborhoods in the overnight hours. This change will be effective in July 2015.
RTC Transit service carried nearly 58 million passengers last year. The system is one of the most efficient transit systems in the nation. For more information, visit rtcsnv.com.
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