FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6, 2020
RTC bucks national trend, sees increased residential ridership
RTC to thank riders with giveaways from local businesses at appreciation events leading up to Valentine’s Day
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LAS VEGAS – Love is in the air! The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is showing love and appreciation in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day to recognize loyal transit riders. Bus ridership increased last year by more than five percent on 14 residential RTC routes, which equals more than one-third of the RTC’s transit system.
The RTC is boasting increased ridership on its residential routes despite recent trends of declining ridership in other parts of the country. Recent data from the American Public Transportation Association shows a 0.7 percent decline in bus ridership nationally. In contrast, residential ridership for the RTC increased 3.1 percent, totaling 54.5 million trips taken in 2019.
“Our riders are the foundation of our success,” said MJ Maynard, RTC CEO. “That’s why I am excited to express our appreciation for our longstanding customers and new riders who either just moved to our community or are trying transit for the first time. We appreciate your confidence in our service, and welcome your feedback on your riding experience and the future of transportation in Southern Nevada.”
To celebrate the uptick in ridership and the patronage of its customers, the RTC is hosting Transit Rider Appreciation events, which will occur from Monday, Feb. 10 – Thursday, Feb. 13, at popular transit centers and bus shelters. The events will offer giveaways and prizes from new local business partnerships such as:
- Sweet treats from a popup funnel cake party courtesy of Braud’s Funnel Cake Café
- Be Mine Breakfast with a taste of Southern hospitality from Gritz Café
- Romantic dinner date giveaways from Bootlegger Italian Bistro
- Special deliveries from Marsigliano’s Pizzeria
More details about specific Transit Rider Appreciation events and offers are online.
Transit riders will also have the opportunity at each appreciation event to ask questions, give feedback, and participate in a survey on the draft plan of On Board, the agency’s community-based transportation planning initiative. Riders who participate will be entered to win a variety of prizes, including the grand prize of Vegas Golden Knights tickets. To take the On Board survey online, visit OnBoardSNV.com.
About the RTC
The RTC is the transit authority, transportation planning organization, regional traffic management agency and administrator of Southern Nevada Strong, the regional planning effort for the Las Vegas valley. 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 a variety of transportation choices to help reduce traffic congestion, clean the air and improve the quality of life in Southern Nevada. For more information about the RTC and its major initiatives or to download its transit app rideRTC, visit rtcsnv.com and stay informed by subscribing to our blog.