The RTC’s award-winning and one-of-a-kind Mobility Training Center just observed its fourth year of operation in early January. Its mission: train Southern Nevadans with disabilities to confidently and safely use public transit and certify those eligible for paratransit service.
Inside are two fixed-route buses, Las Vegas streetscapes with varied walking surfaces, traffic signals and ambient sound to replicate everyday commuting. There also is a fully functional apartment – Angela’s House – a partnership with Blindconnect to train visually impaired residents to live independently.
The RTC also partners with the Clark County School District for a mobility training program to teach students to use the fixed-route system. While these students are provided job skills training in school, the MTC teaches them how to get to their job on public transit.
In short, the MTC has it all. So much so, that transportation agencies around the world have visited the 14,700 square-foot facility to gain insight for their mobility training programs. What’s next for the MTC? Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, check out this video update from Jim Shampoe, a 20-year RTC veteran and supervisor of the Transit Mobility Program.