COVID-19 Transportation Tracking & Adjustments2020-07-16T07:44:11-07:00

COVID-19 Transportation Tracking & Adjustments

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) understands the essential role public transportation provides for Southern Nevada. We are continuously working to provide critical service while helping to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19. To keep our community informed of the current state of transportation and the actions we have taken during the pandemic, we have highlighted key information below.

TRANSPORTATION TRACKING & ADJUSTMENTS

Since the pandemic hit, and subsequent stay-at-home orders were issued in Southern Nevada, the RTC has continued to track traffic counts and transit data including on-time performance (OTP), ridership, vehicle capacity and revenue. This is critical data to help determine when it is appropriate to move from a reduced Sunday transit service schedule to a Saturday, and ultimately weekday, schedule.

Average Non-Strip Ridership

The data in the chart below shows the comparison of passenger ridership before the pandemic versus the most recent passenger ridership information.

On-Time Performance by Week

On-time performance refers to the level of success of the service remaining on the planned schedule. Many factors can affect on-time performance, including unexpected traffic congestion, detours, weather, or in this case, the effects of a pandemic. The chart below provides a weekly breakdown to show a comparison of on-time vehicle performance before the pandemic versus the most recent data.

Productivity of Non-Strip Routes

The RTC is experiencing a significant drop in overall transit productivity, which can be used as a measure of transit vehicle passenger loads. The graph below tracks boardings of vehicles in service, per hour, starting with February 2020 (before the pandemic) up to the most recent boarding data.

Total Regional Passenger Vehicle Miles (VMT)

The pandemic has also had an immense effect on traffic. The data below tracks Southern Nevada traffic activity over the past few months, showing the decrease in March until a slow, steady uptick beginning in the middle of April.

Revenue by Month

The RTC is currently experiencing a severe drop in funding as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The data below shows the comparison of monthly revenue before the pandemic versus the most recent revenue information.

  • Residential transit routes moved to Sunday schedule
  • Strip & Downtown Express (SDX) service paused
  • Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) and Centennial Express (CX) service paused
  • Rear-door boarding implemented
  • Vehicles sanitized nightly
  • Social distancing efforts implemented
  • Face coverings recommended on board RTC vehicles
  • Residential transit routes moved to Sunday schedule
  • Strip & Downtown Express (SDX) service paused
  • Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) and Centennial Express (CX) service paused
  • Rear-door boarding implemented
  • Vehicles sanitized nightly
  • Social distancing efforts implemented
  • Front-door boarding implemented
  • Face coverings required on board RTC vehicles
  • Residential transit routes moved to Saturday schedule
  • Strip & Downtown Express (SDX) service paused
  • Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) and Centennial Express (CX) service paused
  • Vehicles sanitized nightly
  • Social distancing efforts implemented

The RTC has created a 14-Point Safety Plan that details the extensive actions the agency is currently implementing or is planning to implement in the future. CLICK HERE or scroll down to view the complete document.

 

14 Point Safety Plan
  • Additional space on routes by deploying as many larger, high-capacity buses as possible
  • Running a trailing bus on the busiest trips to provide more space for passengers
  • Signs on seats that prompt riders to sit farther apart
  • Limited customer presence (10 max) in transit centers
  • Time limit (10 minutes) per customer in transit centers
  • Operator safety doors to provide barrier 
  • Vehicle and transit center signs
  • Bus stop shelter ads
  • Social media posts
  • Wi-Fi messaging
  • Bus header displays
  • Emails to transit riders
  • Sanitizing interior of vehicles nightly with a hospital-grade solution that will kill 99 percent of germs and viruses
  • Frequent cleaning of bus floors, windows, interior rails and driver’s area daily
  • Frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces at RTC buildings
  • Providing staff with PPE, including hand sanitizer
  • Installing hand sanitizer in conference rooms for staff and guests to use

LOOKING AHEAD

Safety:

The RTC has implemented numerous precautions over the past several months, such as disinfecting vehicles nightly, requiring face coverings and more. The agency is now exploring additional measures to keep riders safe, including: 

  • Air ion cleaners to kill germs and viruses in the air while RTC vehicles are on the road
  • Live, up-to-the-minute passenger counts so customers can review a vehicle’s current ridership data and make a personal decision about boarding or waiting for another vehicle
  • Sanitation information displayed on each vehicle to inform riders of when the vehicle was last sanitized
  • Micro-bacterial shields applied to seats and high-touch surfaces of each vehicle purchased moving forward.

These additional safety measures are still in the planning phase, but the RTC plans to implement most of these technologies by the end of 2020.

Service Changes:

While the RTC is constantly evaluating several factors to determine when a normal service schedule should resume, the transit system is currently experiencing a severe drop in funding as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Due to the loss in revenue, we are considering making system-wide service changes beginning in Fall 2020. Proposed changes include route eliminations, routing adjustments and schedule changes. A public comment period will remain open until Friday, August 28.

You can view our proposed service changes this fall and provide your comment at rtcsnv.com/servicechange.

The RTC is committed to all of these efforts to ensure the safety of our customers and employees. CLICK OR TAP HERE for the latest information on all of our efforts related to COVID-19.

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