Las Vegas becomes the first city in the U.S. to integrate its bikeshare and transit systems into a single account and app experience. The new offering, available in the Transit app, enables riders to plan a multimodal trip, purchase a transit pass, and unlock a bike with just a few taps. It is now available for RTC of Southern Nevada (RTC) riders, one in five of whom already use the Transit app every day.
By merging transit and bikeshare into one experience with Transit, the RTC is making it easier than ever for people to get around Las Vegas without having to drive. Bikeshare has seen increased popularity during the pandemic, and as the manager of both the bikeshare and transit systems, the RTC is positioned to bring the services together, creating a combined option that introduces new audiences to bikeshare.
Nevadans already use Transit for trips on the region’s public transit network, thanks to real-time transit countdowns, bus crowding information, and transit passes in the app. RTC riders have paid for more than 65,000 trips with Transit since the RTC launched ticketing in the app in January 2020. Now, RTC riders can also buy bikeshare passes and unlock bikes with their Transit account for RTC Bike Share's 21-station, 150-bike system.
With just a few taps, users can enter their payment information once to purchase and activate any transit or bikeshare pass type with Transit. Previously, the services were not connected, requiring users to enter payment information into separate accounts and download multiple apps.
The technology behind this first-of-its-type integration in the U.S. is the result of collaboration led by the RTC between Transit, bikeshare operator Bicycle Transit Systems, and BCycle, which provides bikeshare hardware and technology. It builds upon the existing integration of RTC’s public transit fare products in Transit using the Justride SDK from Masabi, the company that powers mobile ticketing for the agency.
In addition to RTC of Southern Nevada, riders can use their Transit account to purchase fares for more than 30 transit systems across the U.S. and Canada, including AC Transit in the San Francisco Bay Area, RTD in Denver, Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica, Metro in Cincinnati, and the ARTM in Montreal. The app also provides bikeshare payments and unlocking for six systems, including BIXI in Montreal and MoGo in Detroit.