RTC celebrates 20 years of providing public transportation in Las Vegas valley
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) celebrated its 20th anniversary on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Leaders of the RTC highlighted two decades of progress and improvements to the RTC transit system that carries nearly 60 million passengers throughout the valley annually.
Overall, the RTC today manages more than 35 bus routes, close to 4,000 bus stops and carries over 179,000 bus riders daily. The RTC is the 19th busiest transit system in the nation.
“It is truly remarkable to look back at where we were in 1992 and where we are today” said RTC board chairman Larry Brown. “Although we have one of the youngest transit systems in the country, we have achieved significant milestones as we continue to provide a safe, convenient and effective regional transportation system for our residents and visitors.”
“As our valley grew, so did our transit system,” added Tina Quigley, general manager of the RTC. “Twenty years ago, we had a fraction of the transit routes we have today and carried about a third of the 60 million riders we now carry per year. We are continuing to build our transit system to serve the changing needs of our community.”
Quigley added that the valley’s population has grown by 133 percent in the past two decades, and local traffic volumes grew even faster with an approximate 189 percent increase.
To mark the anniversary, the RTC provided free Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to riders and drivers at RTC transit facilities on Dec. 5. Additionally, representatives of the RTC, including Quigley, visited with riders at RTC transit centers, thanking them for their patronage over the past 20 years.