UNLV Transit Center

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced yesterday the award of competitive bus and streetcar grants. One was in Nevada! In total, $293M was awarded nationwide, though grant applications totaled $2B. There is a high demand for these intelligent projects which support the Obama administration’s livability initiative.

Project: UNLV Transit Center (Bus and Bus Livability)
Sponsor: Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
Amount: $2,763,200

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada will construct a transit center on a little more than an acre of land located on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) campus.  This transit hub will complement current transit services and future improvements including new regional transit routes, on-campus shuttle service, transit oriented development, and a parking structure, improving accessibility for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

More information is at http://www.rtcsouthernnevada.com/mpo/projects/maryland/.



Carson City has a public transit service named JAC – Jump Around Carson. While Muscle Powered focuses on human powered transport, public transit is part of the equation for reducing motor vehicle use and deserves some more attention.

JAC operates four regular routes, all of which center on the transit center in downtown next to the federal building on Plaza Street. Route 1 serves the northern part of town including the regional medical center, Routes 2A and 2B serve the northeast and northwest parts of town, with each being just the reverse route of the other, and Route 3 serves the southern part of town including the southern point near Fuji Park and Costco. Though JAC does not directly serve the Carson Valley Plaza and Walmart shopping areas (including Bike Habitat and Trader Joe’s), these centers are a reasonable walking or biking distance from the southern-most stop by Fuji Park. You can head west on Old Clear Creek Road and then south up the hill on Vista Grande Blvd to enter these shopping centers from that side.

The service is hourly from 6:30AM to 6:30PM on weekdays, and 8:30AM to 4:30PM on Saturday. It does not operate evenings or Sundays. A system map is available. Fares are $1 per ride with transfers, $0.50 for youth, disabled and seniors, and free for seniors 60 and over in the bus pass program, which is made possible by a grant.

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TIGER grant for Las Vegas BRT

The TIGER Discretionary Grants announced yesterday include a Bus Rapid Transit project for Sahara Ave in Las Vegas. Though this is far afield from Carson City, it does show that innovative transit projects are possible in Nevada. The grant application came from the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission. It was the only successful TIGER grant in Nevada. TIGER is a part of the ARRA – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grants are also interesting because they emphasized transit and rail projects over highways, perhaps reflecting the mix that the federal Department of Transportation would favor under a new transportation bill.

More information about the project is available from RTC and in the TIGER_SaharaBRT page.