April 8, 2013

RTC breaks ground on UNLV transit center

A rendering of the Transit Center at UNLV set to open this fall.

A rendering of the Transit Center at UNLV set to open this fall.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) broke ground on a new transit center that will be located on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) campus.

Scheduled to open this fall, the UNLV Transit Center will be a 6,460-square-foot facility located within walking distance of key UNLV facilities, including the Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion, and various UNLV academic and administrative buildings. The open-air facility will offer a large number of bike racks and an outdoor waiting area with shelter canopies.

The transit center will significantly improve connectivity to public transit at UNLV as well as within the surrounding community. The Centennial Express will serve the UNLV Transit Center and provide a direct link to the RTC’s main transit hub, the Bonneville Transit Center in downtown Las Vegas, where riders can connect to other transit routes serving destinations across the valley.  

“This project epitomizes the RTC’s commitment to community partnerships,” said RTC GM Tina Quigley. “Having the ability to work with UNLV on a project that will encourage the use of public transit to and from the campus and hopefully, alleviate some of the area’s parking needs is something we are incredibly passionate about at the RTC.”

The UNLV Transit Center is being built with $3.45 million, 80% of which is federally funded by the Federal Transit Administration Bus and Bus Facilities Livability Initiative Grant and 20% funded by a local match made by the RTC.

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