RTC to provide free transit service to locals and visitors alike from 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day

Amber Stidham, RTC, (702) 676-1571 office, (702) 499-2114 cell
Angela Castro, RTC, (702) 676-1552 office, (702) 578-4876 cell

Park and rides to bring event-goers from outer areas safely to downtown for festivities

LAS VEGAS – Locals heading to Downtown or the Strip to ring in the New Year can do so for free.  The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is offering free transit rides from 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, through 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, including direct transit service from the Centennial Hills and Summerlin areas to Downtown Las Vegas.

The RTC is encouraging everyone to celebrate responsibly and to take advantage of the free transit service as they ring in 2013. Free rides apply to all RTC transit routes throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

Getting to Downtown Las Vegas

From Centennial Hills Transit Center Park & Ride: This year, the RTC is offering park-and-ride transit service for New Year’s Eve to Downtown Las Vegas from the Centennial Hills Transit Center  Park & Ride lot located on Grand Montecito Parkway, near Durango Drive and Elkhorn Road.

From Westcliff Transit Center Park & Ride: Additionally the RTC is offering park-and-ride transit service for New Year’s Eve to Downtown Las Vegas from the Westcliff Transit Center Park & Ride, located at 25 S. Durango Dr. just south of Summerlin Parkway.

Express transit service from both park and rides will operate at a higher frequency, approximately every 20 minutes, between 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve until 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

The free service will take riders from the park and rides to Neonopolis on Las Vegas Boulevard where passengers may transfer to the Deuce on the Strip service to travel south to the Strip as close as transit service can reach given closures on the Strip.

Getting to the Strip

The Deuce on the Strip double-deck service will operate on the Strip until it is closed to traffic.  At that time, the Deuce on the Strip service will operate from the Fremont Street Experience to Mandalay Bay primarily via Paradise Road & Koval Lane at approximately a 20-minute frequency. Additionally, the Strip & Downtown Express (SDX) will operate from the Las Vegas Premium Outlets North to the South Strip Transfer Terminal primarily via Industrial Road/Dean Martin Drive at a 20-minute frequency until 2:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Routes 201 (Tropicana Avenue), 202 (Flamingo Road), and 203 (Spring Mtn. Road / Desert Inn Road / Lamb Blvd) will provide the closest possible access to the Strip but will not stop on the Strip.

Many transit routes on and around the Las Vegas Strip, including the Deuce on the Strip service, will be detoured on New Year’s Eve due to anticipated street closures on Las Vegas Boulevard.  For full details of detours and alternative routes, visit www.rtcsnv.com. Due to possible detours and road closures, please schedule extra travel time when planning your commute.

Detours will begin at approximately 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and will end at approximately 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Those detours will include:

Detours due to street closures:

  • 106 – Rancho/Centennial Hills
  • 113/MAX – Las Vegas Blvd. North
  • 119 – Simmons/Koval
  • 201 – Tropicana
  • 202 – Flamingo
  • 203 – Spring Mountain/Desert Inn/Lamb
  • 207 – Alta/Stewart
  • 208 – Washington
  • 214 – H Street/D Street
  • 215 – Bonanza
  • Deuce on the Strip
  • Strip & Downtown Express (SDX)
  • Downtown & Veterans Medical Center Express (DVX)
  • Boulder Highway Express (BHX)
  • Henderson & Downtown Express (HDX)
  • Centennial Express (CX)
  • Westcliff Airport Express (WAX)

Routes that will operate at extended hours due to anticipated increased ridership:

  • 117 – Las Vegas Blvd. South will operate until 4:15 a.m.
  • 119 – Simmons/Koval will operate until 2:30 a.m.
  • 217 – Warm Springs/Downtown Henderson from South Strip Transfer Terminal to Silverton Casino will operate until 3:30 a.m.
  • Centennial Express (CX) and Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) will operate until 4 a.m.
  • Henderson & Downtown Express (HDX) will operate until 2:30 a.m.

For information on RTC Transit routes and park and ride locations, visit www.rtcsnv.com or call 702.228.RIDE (7433).

The RTC is the transit authority, transportation planning agency and regional traffic management agency for Southern Nevada. The RTC’s vision is to provide a safe, convenient and effective regional transportation system that enhances mobility and air quality for citizens and visitors. The

RTC encourages residents and visitors to use alternate commute modes to help reduce traffic congestion, clean the air and improve the quality of life in Southern Nevada.

RTC transit service carried nearly 58 million passengers last year and is one of the most efficient transit systems in the nation. For more information on the RTC, visit rtcsnv.com or use your mobile device to access the RTC’s Ride Tracker, a GPS-based, mobile website that enables transit riders to easily see when buses are due to arrive.