The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada kicks ass. In association with state and local agencies, the RTC constantly maintains and improves the Valley’s streets. They run a growing public transit network; they recently added real-time arrival and departure data to Google Maps; they’ve added miles of bicycle lanes in the past year; and their Bonneville Transit Center—the Downtown base for all those bus routes—even has a freaking bike valet and repair shop. Yeah, the RTC does all right.
And yet, all of this pales in contrast to what the RTC would like to do—and soon might be able to do, thanks to increased public interest in such much-needed amenities as light rail, improved bicycle lanes and sidewalks, plus the availability of car-sharing services. (It doesn’t hurt that the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority would like the RTC’s help to alleviate the bumper-to-bumper tourist traffic on the Strip, as well.) Working in conjunction with the Clark County Commission, the City of Las Vegas, the Nevada Department of Transportation and too many other agencies to name, RTC has drafted a Transportation Investment Business Plan (TIBP) that could meet many of these goals.
Presently, the team assembled to execute that plan is looking at every possible option, including an extension of the Las Vegas Monorail and starting a modern streetcar line for the Maryland Parkway corridor. Light rail lines, subways and even aerial trams are on the table right now, as the RTC looks for ways to connect Las Vegas’ many economic and cultural centers—McCarran International Airport with the Las Vegas Convention Center; the Charleston Medical District with UNLV; Downtown with UNLV, and many others—in ways that make economic sense and convince us to leave our cars at home.
Clearly, the RTC is determined to both make these transportation alternatives happen and convince us to use them. Seriously: a bike valet! – Geoff Carter