Ride On – School Transportation

Taking public transit to and from school could be the easiest thing students do all day.

They can relax, read, listen to music, and catch up on homework while leaving the driving to the experts.

Currently, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) provides transportation to hundreds of area students. Students utilize the RTC to travel to and from school, to after school activities and in a number of cases, to travel as a family to special school events that take place in denser parts of the city where parking is limited.

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Transit Stops
Transit stops are easy to find. Just look for the bright blue signs with RTC lettering. Route colors and time points may be found on your closest bus stop sign. For your safety, buses pick up and drop off only at designated transit stops. Please arrive 2-3 minutes early and wait at the bus stop. As the bus approaches, be sure to check the overhead destination sign, located on the front of the vehicle, to ensure you are boarding the correct bus.

While on the Vehicle

Find a seat and relax. If you must stand, move as far to the rear of the vehicle as you can. Seats in the front of the bus should be offered to the elderly and riders with disabilities. Avoid standing or sitting in the stairwells. For the safety and comfort of everyone, the playing of radios, cassettes or CD’S without earphones, smoking, eating, drinking, and animals (except service animals) are not allowed on buses.

I Don’t Want to Get Stranded. How Can the RTC Help?

The RTC knows that sometimes the unexpected can happen. If you missed your vehicle, are uncertain as to which bus to board or more, call the Customer Service Center at (702) 228-RIDE (7433) and our phone operator will assist you in finding an appropriate route near you at a specific departure time.

Lost & Found

Always check for personal items before leaving the vehicle. The RTC is not responsible for any items left on transit vehicles or at a transit facilities. Items may be picked up at the South Strip Transfer Terminal (SSTT), located at 6675 S. Gilespie Street. Items can be claimed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Please contact lost and found at 702-676-1849 if you have left an item on a RTC transit vehicle or at a transit facility

Safety on the Vehicle
While millions of people ride on public transportation every day is a good idea to always stay alert.

General Safety

  • Never run after or next to a moving bus.
  • Don’t play near buses.
  • Wait for vehicle to stop before approaching.
  • Wait for exiting passengers to leave, then board.
  • Be ready to exit when you arrive at your stop.

Added Safety

  • Keep all your personal items next to you on your lap or if standing makes sure you have your back to the wall of the bus.
  • Always check to see where the emergency cord is should you ever need it.
  • Make sure you wait where other people are don’t go to the side where no one is.
  • If you feel like something is not safe, wait for a stop that is busy and get off or change your seat. Don’t get off at a stop that no one is at.
  • Know when the bus is coming don’t go to the bus stop at night and wait as you could be there a long time alone.
  • Go to a bus stop that has other people waiting.
  • It is okay to ask for the bus driver’s name when boarding. Do you know their name in case you need anything during your ride?
  • It is ideal to have your money or bus card ready when the bus arrives.
  • Always stay alert.

Pre-plan Your Trip to School
After planning your trip on the FREE Trip Planner App, schedule a day and time to take your trip with a parent or responsible adult so you become comfortable with using public transit prior to using it on your own for transportation to and from school.

If possible, try to schedule your trips with another student from your school and create your own buddy system.

How to Catch Your Vehicle

Arrive at your bus stop location several minutes prior to bus arrival time. Students are encouraged to stand in a safe location where the vehicle operator will be able to see you clearly.

When your bus arrives, double check the overhead destination sign to ensure you are boarding the correct bus. You can also ask your driver if you are boarding the correct bus. Upon boarding, step into vehicle and provide exact bus fare and/or show your RTC reduced fare card. Then, take a seat or stand in a safe place on the bus.

How to Pay For Your Ride
If you are riding for the first time, you will probably be paying for your trip with cash. Vehicle operators do not make change, so be sure to have your exact fare ready. Also, do not forget that you will need to have the same fare on you for your return trip. At the front of each bus is a fare box. When you get on the bus, deposit your fare into the slot at the top of the fare box.

How to Get Off the Vehicle
In most RTC buses, you will see red buttons throughout the vehicle. This button, when pushed, alerts the driver that you want to get off at the next stop or intersection. If you are unsure exactly where you want the bus to stop, please tell the driver when you get on, where you are going, and ask them to tell you when the bus arrives. RTC drivers know our community well and they will make sure you do not miss your destination.

How to Use More Than One Bus Route to Make One Trip
When you get on the bus the first time, tell the driver that you will be transferring to another route. You would say, for example, “I will be transferring to the 108 bus.” The driver will be alerted to the stop you need to exit the bus to connect to your next route. However, it is up to the rider to be responsible for paying attention to stops and pre-planning their travel route. Drivers can be of assistance should you have questions, but questions need to be kept to a minimum to ensure the drivers are not distracted while driving vehicles and that they arrive to their locations on time. When you get on your next bus, re-swipe your multi-day pass when boarding the bus. If you have a single ride pass (one-way) and need to transfer to another bus, the RTC recommends purchasing a 2-hour pass to use when you transfer to your next bus.

Rider Rules & Information

  • Animals – Only trained guide and service animals assisting persons with disabilities are permitted on vehicles.
  • Drinking/Eating – Refrain from consuming food and beverages of any kind while on board. Closed beverage and food containers are permitted on board but may not be consumed while on the vehicle. Thank you for helping to keep our buses clean for everyone!
  • Headphones – Students must use headphones when listening to portable electronic devices. Keep the volume at a reasonable level to avoid disturbing fellow riders.
  • Priority Seating – Please allow our senior riders and riders with disabilities to use the front rows of seating.
  • Smoking – Smoking is not permitted on board vehicles or inside facilities.

Vehicle Accessibility Features
RTC buses are accessibly equipped to assist customers using wheelchairs, walkers, canes, or other mobility aid.

Reporting Emergencies

Notify any uniformed RTC or Allied Barton (security) employee present if you see anything suspicious or call the RTC’s dedicated line at: (702) 598-EYES (3937). For immediate life threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1. All other inquiries/reports can be made by calling the Customer Service Center at (702) 228-RIDE (7433).

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