The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) will offer free rides on all 39 fixed routes starting at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and ending at 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Riders can simply board any fixed route vehicle without purchasing or presenting fare. The free rides extend to express services between park-and-ride facilities and Downtown Las Vegas.
Riders should note and plan for extensive transit detours to be in place on New Year’s Eve. Those celebrating New Year’s Eve downtown can avoid the holiday traffic with RTC’s express service. The Centennial Hills (7313 Grand Montecito Parkway) and Westcliff (25 S. Durango Drive) park-and-ride facilities feature express service to and from Downtown Las Vegas with buses departing every 20 minutes via the Centennial Express (CX) and the Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) from 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve to 4 a.m. New Year’s Day.
In addition to RTC’s usual 13 24-hour routes, several other routes will operate at an extended or 24-hour service on New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day, making much of the Las Vegas Valley accessible with 24-hour transit. For complete detour and route details, visit rtcsnv.com.
Riders should also note that the RTC transit system will operate on alternate schedules during the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays. On Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, routes will operate on a Saturday schedule. Routes will operate on a Sunday schedule on both Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, and New Year’s Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.
Customers have the ability to plan their trips, buy their passes and find their buses or bus stop through the rideRTC smartphone app. New features to rideRTC now allow customers to report suspicious activity or to incorporate other modes of transportation, like ride-hailing via Uber or Lyft, into their trips. Riders can easily download the free app via the Google Play or Apple app stores. With the app, riders have all the information they need to take public transit where they want – right at their fingertips.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reminds everyone celebrating New Year’s Eve that strollers, backpacks and glass bottles are not allowed on the Las Vegas Strip and that all bags must be 12” x 6” x 12” or smaller.