Maryland Parkway is a vital corridor for the Las Vegas Valley that connects McCarran International Airport, downtown Las Vegas and many high-activity centers, such as the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Boulevard Mall, Sunrise Hospital, as well as numerous commercial and residential areas. Carrying nearly 9,000 transit riders and 33,000 cars per day, investments in transportation infrastructure along this major corridor will improve the community’s mobility by enhancing vehicle, transit, pedestrian and bicycle access to the area. Also identified as an opportunity site for reinvestment in the Southern Nevada Strong Regional Plan, Maryland Parkway is a key regional corridor for employment, transit connectivity, and potential revitalization.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) recognizes that Maryland Parkway could greatly benefit from a substantial investment in transportation infrastructure and is conducting the environmental assessment of proposed mobility improvements along the corridor. A primary element would be an 8.7-mile high-capacity transit system to seamlessly link various activity centers along Maryland Parkway between McCarran International Airport and downtown Las Vegas, with an extension to the Las Vegas Medical District and future UNLV School of Medicine. Ultimately, such infrastructure could attract and facilitate redevelopment in the area.
- Premium transit service with enhanced stations, dedicated lanes, increased frequency, and reduced travel times.
- Complete Streets design to enable safe and convenient travel for all users, whether they are motorists, transit riders, bicyclists or pedestrians.
- Signalized pedestrian crossings and wider sidewalks to enhance pedestrian safety.
- Additional turn lanes at intersections to improve traffic flow.
- Corridor enhancements, including landscaping, public art, urban design elements and other aesthetic treatments that create an attractive environment and instill a sense of place.
- Improve mobility between downtown Las Vegas, UNLV and other key activity centers with a seamless transit link between the main UNLV campus, Sunrise Hospital, the Las Vegas Medical District and future UNLV School of Medicine.
- Enhance transit service to reduce travel time, improve reliability, and make public transportation more attractive and viable as a transportation choice.
- Make transportation infrastructure investments that enable and support redevelopment of the corridor.
- Integrate transportation choices that maximize the capacity to move people and provide safe and convenient access for all users.
- Maryland Pkwy Fact Sheet
- Maryland Pkwy Final AA Report
- Southern Nevada Strong Implementation Strategy Report
ABOUT THE CORRIDOR
- The Maryland Parkway Corridor provides access to many of the valley’s significant activity centers: Downtown Las Vegas, Sunrise Hospital, Boulevard Mall, UNLV, and McCarran Airport. Together, these centers provide 35,000 jobs for valley residents.
- Most of Maryland Parkway between Charleston Boulevard and Russell Road has six traffic lanes.
- Vehicle volumes on Maryland Parkway range from 17,000 per day near Russell Road to 36,000 per day just north of Flamingo Road.
- The Maryland Parkway Corridor is a densely developed residential and commercial area with 55,000 residents and 81,000 jobs.
- On average, there are 8.1 people per acre in the corridor, 80 percent higher than the 4.5 people per acre for Las Vegas as a whole.
- The average employment density in the corridor is 11.9 jobs per acre, 495 percent higher than the 2.0 for Las Vegas as a whole.
- Forty-six percent of households in the corridor between Charleston Boulevard and Russell Road are low-income.
- Fifty-five percent of households are minorities.
- Twenty-five percent of households have no automobile.
- Transit service is provided on Maryland Parkway by Route 109.
- Route 109 operates every 15 minutes during weekday peak and midday hours.
- Route 109 has approximately 30 stops or one roughly every ¼ mile.
- Route 109 has approximately 9,000 boardings per day and has the highest north-south ridership in the RTC system outside of the Strip.
- Boarding and alighting on Route 109 is concentrated at its endpoints (Bonneville Transit Center and the South Strip Transfer Terminal) and at major intersections along Maryland Parkway where passengers transfer to/ from other bus routes.
- Over 60 percent of the ridership activity is at the top seven stops.
- Fifty percent of Route 109 stops have less than 55 boardings per day, and 25 percent of stops have less than 20 boardings per day.
- Route 109 buses spend approximately 20 percent of their time stopped at bus stops.
- During weekday afternoons, a typical Route 109 bus takes 31 minutes to travel between Charleston Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue, averaging roughly 7.6 mph. In contrast, an automobile making the same midday trip takes 14 minutes, averaging 18 mph.
ABOUT THE STUDY
The purpose of making transportation investments in the Maryland Parkway Corridor is to provide a solution that addresses several transportation needs faced by travelers to, from and within the core corridor:
- Need to improve mobility and access on the corridor by providing inviting, reliable, safe and secure transit, biking and walking options;
- Need to overcome existing factors that constrain transit performance and suppress ridership;
- Need to support economic development and the region’s Complete Streets vision; and
- Need to improve mobility and access for environmental justice populations in the corridor and regionwide.
To address the transportation needs described above, RTC has identified a set of goals for its investments in the Maryland Parkway Corridor. These are listed below.
- Provide Inviting, Reliable, Safe and Secure Alternatives to Driving in a Cost Effective Manner
- Improve Transit Ridership, Travel Time and Reliability Over the Long-Term
- Implement Transportation Improvements on the Corridor, Supporting Economic Development and the Region’s Complete Streets Vision
- Meet the Goals While Preserving Automobile and Commercial Vehicle Access
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is seeking input from the community on which transit technology – bus rapid transit or urban light rail – would best serve future travel needs along Maryland Parkway. Currently conducting the environmental assessment of proposed transportation improvements along the corridor, the RTC will be holding public meetings later this year. Check back for more details.
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- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 702-676-1749
- Fax: 702-676-1598
- Mail: RTC, 600 S. Grand Central Parkway, Suite 350, Las Vegas, NV 89106, Attention: Maryland Parkway Environmental Assessment.