Las Vegas’ Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is hitting the road with a retrofitted 40-foot bus that has been meticulously designed to get the Southern Nevada community engaged and excited to talk about their future transit plan — On Board.
Officially introduced at the September RTC Board of Commissioners meeting at the Clark County Government Center, the air-conditioned bus includes a kids zone play area, seating, and countertops to accommodate iPad workstations for residents to take a short survey (in English and Spanish) and two wide-screen monitors for presentations.
Through a collaborative partnership, the RTC and its contractor MV Transportation created the bus to get the Southern Nevada community engaged and talking about a comprehensive transit plan for Southern Nevada called On Board. Currently under development by the RTC, this visionary plan will identify how enhancements to the current bus system, new high capacity transit services, and emerging transit technologies can improve future mobility and accessibility for the region’s residents and visitors.
To reach residents, the On Board bus will travel the valley, attending various community events over the next 12 to 18 months. Those who visit the On Board bus will have the opportunity to speak with someone from the RTC about the plan and provide their input through a brief survey. Input gathered from the community will help inform the final plan.
“We know that dynamic and interactive engagement tools need to be developed and brought directly to the community in order to get the best feedback,” said RTC GM Tina Quigley. “Thanks to MV Transportation and their partnership in constructing this bus, we can now engage our residents in a truly unique way.”
In addition to retrofitting the bus, MV is also sponsoring the vehicle’s operation, including maintenance and labor.
“We are thrilled to partner with the RTC on this initiative,” said Jim Schultzman, GM of MV Transportation’s Las Vegas operation. “We believe in the importance of the On Board plan and are excited to hear what people want the future of transit in Southern Nevada to look like.”