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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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Project Overview

The proposed Maryland Parkway Project will include an 8.7-mile BRT route to seamlessly link activity centers from the Airport in the south to the Las Vegas Medical District in the north. To provide additional connections, the RTC is planning to extend the proposed BRT route southward from McCarran Airport approximately 4 miles to the South Strip Transit Terminal via the Airport Tunnel.  

PROJECT BENEFITS

Enhanced transit:

  • Increase frequency
  • Faster travel times
  • Quieter buses with no air pollution
  • Improve comfort and safety for passengers

Active transportation options:

  • Increase safety for people walking or biking
  • Improve ADA access
  • Enhance comfort with shading and spacing from cars
  • Larger, designated space for bicycles

Preserve traffic capacity:

  • Improve signal timing
  • Share and add turn lanes

Corridor identity:

  • Enhance visual appeal
  • Foster redevelopment
  • Create a  sense of place

PROJECT ELEMENTS

Premium transit service:

  • Dedicated transit lanes
  • Upgraded passenger stations
  • Electric buses

Improved mobility options:

  • Signalized pedestrian crossings
  • Wider, unobstructed sidewalks
  • Integrated bike facilities
  • Advanced traffic signal timing

Corridor enhancements:

  • Landscaping
  • Urban design elements

Maryland Parkway Discussions

 

Insights to Mobility Along Maryland Parkway
Transportation Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
February 1, 2018

Economic Development Panel Discussion
Transportation Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
April 5, 2018

Maryland Parkway Public Meeting
February 21, 2019

Resources

Maryland Parkway TOD 

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is a type of development located close to high quality, high capacity transit, that creates a compact, walkable, mixed-use and dense environment. One of the goals of the Maryland Parkway project is to spur transit-oriented development (TOD) in the Las Vegas Valley. The TOD Plan will evaluate the development around the new transit shelters along the corridor. You can learn more about TOD here.

 

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