Maryland Parkway Project

Why Maryland Parkway?

Maryland Parkway is a vital corridor for the Las Vegas Valley, extending from McCarran International Airport to downtown Las Vegas, and connecting many high-activity centers, such as the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), The Boulevard Mall, Sunrise Hospital, as well as commercial and residential areas. Investments in transportation infrastructure could improve mobility along the corridor for motorists, transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians and enhance access to the surrounding areas.

The official Maryland Parkway proposed transportation project public comment period has closed. However, you’re always welcome to provide your input.

Let's Get On Board

You told us what mobility priorities were important to you as part of the RTC’s On Board community plan and Southern Nevada Strong. It’s clear that Maryland Parkway is a vital corridor for the valley, ripe for redevelopment. The RTC is currently undergoing a federal environmental assessment to evaluate new transportation options to improve mobility.

The Federal Transit Administration has approved the environmental assessment and we are seeking feedback from all Southern Nevadans on what they would like to see implemented.

Review the environmental assessment and provide your official comment by March 7, 2019 or join us at one of the upcoming public meetings.

Join Us at one of the public meetings*:

PRESENTATION
Presentation will be given at the beginning of the meeting, followed by a Q&A session.

OPEN HOUSE
No presentation will be provided. Visual boards will be available and community members can stop by at any time during the open house.

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 from 4 to 6 p.m.
RTC Administrative Building
600 S. Grand Central Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89106
Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Boulevard Mall
3528 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89169
Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Historic Fifth Street School
401 S. 4th St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Student Union
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89154
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Cambridge Community Center
3930 Cambridge St., Las Vegas, NV 89119
*If you cannot attend one of the public meetings, the presentation will broadcast on the RTC’s Facebook page (@RTCSNV) on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. The video will be available for later viewing online.

Maryland Parkway Spotlight

Transit Vehicle

9000
Transit Riders Daily

Vehicles

35000
Vehicles Daily

Residents

90000
Residents

Jobs

85000
Jobs

Transit Connections

25
Transit Route Connections Including 9 busiest in valley

Project Overview

The proposed project would include a 8.7 mile high-capacity transit system to seamlessly link activity centers along Maryland Parkway with an extension to the Las Vegas Medical District, on Alta Drive.

ELEMENTS
  • Premium transit service
    • Enhanced stations
    • Dedicated lanes
  • Enhanced mobility options
    • Signalized pedestrian crossing
    • Protected bike lanes
    • Wider sidewalks
  • Corridor enhancements
    • Landscaping
    • Public art
BENEFITS
  • New transportation option
    • Increased frequency
    • Improved accessibility
  • Increase safety
    • Improved access
    • Encourage walking and biking
  • New transportation infrastructure
    • Support redevelopment
    • Create a sense of place

Proposed Route

Proposed Map

Transit Technology Options Being Considered

Existing
Route 109
Enhanced
Route 109
BRT Build
Alternative
LRT Build
Alternative
Ridership
(opening year)
9,000 10,000 13,000 16,100
Average travel time (min) 45 min 44 min 38 min 32 min
Capital cost (YOE $) $15M $29M $335M $750M
Operating & maintenance costs $5.9M $6.8M $7.2M $11.5M
Operating & maintenance costs
per boarding
$2.19 $2.27 $1.80 $2.38
Bus Rapid Transit

Enhanced Route 109

Vehicle Size 60 ft articulated bus
Capacity 90 passengers per vehicle
Station Spacing 1/3 - mile spacing
Configuration Mixed with traffic
Capital Costs $29 million
Operating & Maintenance Costs $6.8 million
Bus Rapid Transit

Bus Rapid Transit

Vehicle Size 60 ft articulated bus
Capacity 90 passengers per vehicle
Station Spacing 1/3 - mile spacing
Configuration In-street with dedicated lanes
Capital Costs $335 million
Operating & Maintenance Costs $7.2 million
Light Rail

Light Rail

Vehicle Size 91 ft single unit train
Capacity 140 passengers per vehicle
Station Spacing 1/3 - mile spacing
Configuration In-street with dedicated lanes
Capital Costs $750 million
Operating & Maintenance Costs $11.5 million

Recap Story From Public Meetings

That was the question posed at a series of public meetings recently hosted by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC).

As part of a public comment period that will conclude on March 7, the RTC went out into the community to hear firsthand from the people who live and work in and around Maryland Parkway about how they want to travel – specifically discussing three options: enhancing the current bus service (Route 109), implementing bus rapid transit service or building light rail.

Questions from attendees ran the gamut. From project costs and projected economic development to maintaining travel lanes and improving pedestrian safety, the meetings enabled attendees to better understand the benefits and impacts of the three options.

“We’ve had extensive support and excitement around the light rail concept but any improvement would be awesome,” said Timo Kuusela, general manager of The Boulevard Mall, located in the heart of Maryland Parkway and where the RTC held one of its meetings.

At the public meeting held at the Fifth Street School, one resident expressed significant concerns regarding pedestrian safety, especially for students at UNLV, and proposed overhead pedestrian bridges be considered as part of the plan.

So, what do you want the future of Maryland Parkway to look like? Will it be enhancing the current route, or implementing a new transit mode such as bus rapid transit or light rail?

Share your feedback by submitting your comments until March 7.

Maryland Parkway Discussions

Insights to Mobility Along Maryland Parkway
Transportation Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
February 1, 2018

Economic Development Panel Discussion
Transportation Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
April 5, 2018

Renderings