RTC Launches Mobility Training Center on the GO, Unveils Bus Wrap Designed by Opportunity Village Artist

2024-05-07T16:08:32-07:00| Categories: Community, Press Releases| Tags: |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 29, 2024

Sue Christiansen, RTC, 702-676-1891 Office, [email protected]
Briceida Castro, RTC, 702-676-1683 Office, [email protected]

RTC Launches Mobility Training Center on the GO, Unveils Bus Wrap Designed by Opportunity Village Artist

New portable lab takes mobility training to the community, helping those with disabilities and vulnerable populations navigate the RTC transit system with ease

Las Vegas, NV (Feb. 29. 2024) — Today, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), in partnership with Opportunity Village (OV), launched the agency’s Mobility Training Center on the GO. This specially retrofitted RTC bus serves as a mobility training lab to help vulnerable populations and those with disabilities navigate the RTC transit system confidently. Artwork created by commissioned artists from the Boyd Gaming Fine & Performing Arts Program at Opportunity Village was unveiled during the event. Caesar G., Sharen G. and Kelly G. were recognized for their work, which is displayed on the vehicle, at bus stops and on buses.

The Mobility Training Center on the GO is equipped to teach vulnerable populations how to use the RTC transit with ease and covers such skills as using the fare box, ticket validator and mobile ticketing system; how to safely enter and exit the bus; how to properly secure mobility devices; how to use the transit guide to plan routes, and more. Training is specially adapted for persons with disabilities, seniors, and veterans and is designed to build confidence in using and accessing transit.

The RTC received funding for this project from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Mobility for All grant. The RTC worked closely with Nevada’s federal delegation and local organizations, including the Nevada Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), Workforce Connections and Opportunity Village, on the successful grant process.

“We are committed to helping our community access needed resources and gain the skills they need to travel safely and independently on the RTC transit system,” said M.J. Maynard, CEO, RTC. “By working with our partners, key stakeholders, and federal agencies, we were able to secure the funds needed to make the Mobility Training Center on the GO a reality for our community. We can’t wait to take our mobility training program on the road and into neighborhoods where our training is needed most.”

“As a longtime teacher, community activist and mentor, I have seen first-hand the need for equitable access to transportation and specifically, transit,” said North Las Vegas City Councilman and RTC Vice Chairman Isaac Barron. “I applaud the RTC for expanding transit access to ensure everyone in our community, regardless of income or disability, can easily get where they need to go. Without access to transit, many in our community are cut off and disconnected, so this is an essential service.” 

“Art is a huge part of Opportunity Village’s program services, and we’re incredibly proud to have our artists’ works commissioned by the RTC for this important project,” said Bob Brown, president and CEO of Opportunity Village. “The RTC is a wonderful partner for us, and many of the people we serve use the RTC’s services every day. To have the artwork commissioned and featured in this way is really special and speaks to the community partnership between our two organizations.”

The RTC opened its award-winning Mobility Training Center in 2016, enabling customers to access full size transit vehicles, outdoor sights and sounds, all indoors. Customers learn how to plan their trips and navigate the transit system in a contained environment with a team of mobility trainers. More than 4,000 individuals have undergone mobility training and achieved a new level of independence.

With more than 20,000 RTC customers eligible for its paratransit service, the RTC provided 1.4 million rides in 2023 to individuals with physical or cognitive disabilities who meet the certification requirements outlined by the FTA. Training provided at the RTC’s Mobility Training Center, and now, via its Mobility Training Center on the GO, help paratransit clients develop skills to navigate traditional bus service, allowing them to travel independently and expand their transportation options.

About the RTC
The RTC is the regional authority overseeing public transit, metropolitan planning, roadway funding, traffic management, and the public bike share system. The RTC’s vision is to advance regionally transformative mobility solutions through equitable, innovative and sustainable infrastructure development. The RTC’s mission is to elevate quality of life for residents and visitors through sustainable planning, collaborative problem-solving, and safe and equitable transportation service. For more information about the RTC and our major initiatives or to download the rideRTC app, visit rtcsnv.com. Stay informed by subscribing to our blog or following us on social media.


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