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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.

Major Service Changes Planned for RTC Routes

Major Service Changes Planned for RTC Routes

If you regularly ride the bus in southern Nevada, pay attention because a new schedule goes into effect July 7.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) warns that customers may experience service delays.

The transit service changes include increased frequencies, later and/or earlier operating hours, schedule adjustments and modifications to the Boulder Highway Express (BHX), Henderson & Downtown Express (HDX), Route 212-Sunset Road and Route 402-Sunset/Boulder City. Boarding changes will take place on the Sahara Express (SX), BHX and HDX that will require passengers to board through the front door and pay or swipe their passes at the farebox.

The transit service changes that will be effective July 7, include:

Maryland Parkway Public Transit Meeting Set

Maryland Parkway Public Transit Meeting Set

County transportation officials continue to study one of the most heavily traveled public transportation corridors in southern Nevada.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) will host a third public workshop on improvements along Maryland Parkway between McCarran International Airport and Downtown Las Vegas. The workshop is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 27 at The Boulevard Mall, Center Court.

Public input on how to best utilize public transit in the area and on potential street design changes will be sought at the meeting.

Maryland Parkway carries an average of more than 9,000 passengers per day.

Sunset Road Closing for Railroad Track Repair

Sunset Road Closing for Railroad Track Repair

Repairs to railroad track will force the closure of Sunset Road this week.

According to Nevada Department of Transportation, Sunset Road will be closed from Bermuda to Pilot roads, starting at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. The road will reopen at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Union Pacific Railroad will be replacing track at the at-grade crossing. The project is part of UPRR’s track maintenance program.

Drivers can use the Airport Connector, Gillespie Street and Bermuda and Pilot roads.

Additional detours drivers should be aware of:



Virgin America Announces New Flight Between Los Angeles and Las Vegas


Virgin America announced Wednesday new nonstop service between McCarran International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport, starting in April.

The three daily roundtrip flights will add to the flights the airline already runs between San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Tickets are on sale now through virginamerica.com. Fares start at $39, excluding taxes and fees. Other restrictions may apply.  The airline is also offering deals on other routes to celebrate the launch of the new flight.

 “We are thrilled to welcome additional service from LAX on Virgin America,” said Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority. “Every new destination that is added to the schedule provides additional convenience and flexibility for travelers. With record visitation to Las Vegas in 2012, every new airline seat provides opportunity for continued growth. “

More Closures for Bridge Work Near Airport

More Closures for Bridge Work Near Airport


The ongoing bridge work near McCarran Airport will create more traffic headaches for drivers this weekend.

Temporary overnight closures will be in place on the ramps between the airport connector and the eastbound lanes of the I-215 overnight Sunday.

From 7 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday, traffic will be diverted away from both the northbound ramp, which takes traffic off eastbound 215 and then north into the airport, and the southbound ramp, which takes traffic south out of the airport to eastbound 215.

During the closure, the westbound I-215 ramp to the airport will not be affected and will serve as a detour.  Eastbound I-215 traffic will be detoured to the Warm Springs exit and back onto I-215 to use the westbound ramp to the airport tunnel.