July 30, 2012

Nevada’s RTC to service new VA medical center

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is scheduled on Aug. 14 to launch the Downtown & Veterans Medical Center Express (DVX), an express commuter bus transit service from downtown Las Vegas to the new VA Medical Center.

While the VA Medical Center is located outside of the RTC’s current fixed-route, residential service area, the agency has worked with the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System to ensure that veterans and their families have a public transit option to the facility. Employees of the VA Medical Center will also utilize the DVX as it is an express service available to all public transit riders.

“The Downtown & Veterans Medical Center Express service will make it possible for thousands of veterans and military families to access the new state-of-the-art VA medical complex,” said RTC Commission Chairman Larry Brown. “This is a great example of how public entities can work together to ensure Southern Nevadan veterans and military families have access to both medical and transportation services.”

The new DVX express service will provide commuter transit service from the Bonneville Transit Center to the VA Medical Center with additional residential stops along the route. It will operate seven days a week between 5 a.m. and midnight to coincide with the opening of the VA Medical Center.

The RTC transit vehicles operating on the DVX route will accommodate RTC Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit riders, though the RTC ADA paratransit service area will not extend to the VA Medical Center.

The agency is also working very closely with various non-profit transportation providers to further enhance the RTC’s coordinated transportation network that will provide service to RTC ADA paratransit customers needing to travel to the VA Medical Center.

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