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New Transit Hub Opens at UNLV
New Transit Hub Opens at UNLV

A new transportation hub is open at UNLV, allowing students, faculty and staff easier access to a bus route designed for the university.

The Regional Transportation Commission UNLV transit center was opened Thursday with a lot of fanfare and visits from Sen. Harry Reid and Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The transit center is located just south of Maryland Parkway and University Road, which is within walking distance of several campus facilities. There is also a number of bicycle racks and a sheltered outdoor waiting area.

The Centennial Express, a 24-mile route that includes downtown, Clark County Government Center, Las Vegas Strip and the Howard Hughes office park, will be the first route directly servicing the transit center.

The event was also a chance for the RTC to launch its new student transit pass program. UPASS is designed for college students and faculty around southern Nevada.

It will give students from three of southern Nevada's major higher education campuses a 50 percent discount on the 30-day monthly pass and a more than 60 percent discount on a pass for an entire semester. The pass can be used on any transit route and to any destination.

The RTC also launched a new partnership with Samsung SDS which will allow students to use their smart phones to pay to ride the bus. It is a pilot program that transportation officials hope will make riding the bus easier and speed up the loading process.