Maryland Parkway is a vital corridor for the Las Vegas Valley, extending from the 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 are expected to improve mobility and safety along the corridor for all users, including motorists, transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians and enhance access to surrounding areas.
The RCT Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) option in April 2019, and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued the Finding of No Significant Impact in December 2019. The project is eligible for a Capital Investment Grant from the FTA which could provide federal funding for a portion of the nearly $300 million project cost.
The project will include enhanced transit stations and dedicated bus lanes, upgraded pedestrian crossings, wider sidewalks and accommodation for bikes. The project will expand the current Maryland Parkway Bus Route 109 service with additional buses to improve the frequency of service and with an extension to serve the Las Vegas Medical District.
Preliminary engineering and design began in October 2020 with plans for the public to review and provide input before the final design is scheduled to be completed in late 2022. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2023 subject to federal funding availability. The project is envisioned to be constructed using a Construction Manager At-Risk alternative project delivery method. Consistent with the RTC’s efforts to include local small and diverse businesses, this project is projected to come in 3 times higher than the 2 percent goal for professional services.
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