On June 1, our city opened to full capacity, and we are prepared to welcome back all our transit riders with new sanitation initiatives to allow for a safe, clean and accessible travel experience. The health and safety of our riders is always our top priority so we are implementing the latest in technology to help protect our customers from germs and viruses. In addition to enhanced sanitation and safety measures outlined in our 14–Point Safety Plan, the following new safety features are the latest projects that will keep the community safe:
Air Ion Cleaners
The RTC is clearing the air – literally – with new air ion cleaners. The on-board equipment eliminates airborne germs and viruses while RTC vehicles are on the road.
The air ion cleaners are designed to improve indoor air quality – producing positive and negative ions that suppress dust, control various odors, and reduce airborne contaminants. A video of the air ion cleaners can be viewed here.
As an additional layer of protection for riders, micro-bacterial shields are being applied to seats and high-touch surfaces on all new transit vehicles to eliminate bacteria and mold for up to 1 year on most surfaces. The micro-bacterial shields can protect vehicles from odors, extend fabric life and make surfaces easier to clean.
The micro-bacterial shield bonds to fibers in the vehicle, allowing for bacteria to attract to the treated fibers – puncturing the bacteria’s membrane and destroying it on contact.
Contactless Cash Payment
The RTC offers transit customers a convenient and contactless option to purchase bus passes by cash. Using the RTC smartphone app, rideRTC, customers who choose not to use a credit or debit card may now opt to add funds to their rideRTC account by pre-loading cash at nearly 350 locations valley-wide.
Cash-in payment platforms accept the cash payment and scan a barcode from the user’s rideRTC app. Customers then have the cash deposited to buy and store RTC bus passes that they can then use at their convenience.
For more information on current COVID-19 precautions and technologies in place, visit rtcsnv.com/coronavirus