Transit

Saying Senate bill fell short, House Dems add more transit money in reconciliation

BY: - September 15, 2021

A U.S. House panel early Wednesday passed along party lines a $60 billion slice of the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget plan, adding nearly $20 billion for a new transit program and high-speed rail development. Chairman Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon had considered these and other items underfunded in the Senate-led bipartisan infrastructure bill, passed there […]

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EPA confirms climate impacts are more adverse for racial minorities in the Southwest

BY: - September 14, 2021

The worst effects of climate change are disproportionately falling on “underserved communities who are least able to prepare for, and recover from, heat waves, poor air quality, flooding, and other impacts,” according to an Environmental Protection Agency report released last week. The peer-reviewed report forecasts how the impacts of climate change will be distributed across […]

UNLV eyes possible Boring tunnel station as boon for Thomas & Mack, Maryland Pkwy

BY: - September 13, 2021

UNLV is in preliminary talks with The Boring Company to be a part of its ambitious plan for an underground tunnel system, President Keith Whitfield told the Board of Regents Friday. The Boring Company’s Vegas Loop proposal calls for 30 miles of underground tunnels creating two 15-mile loops connecting various tourist destinations, primarily along the […]

Officials hope $75 million will leverage much more for ‘public purpose’ projects

BY: - August 30, 2021

The elusive idea of “Infrastructure Week” circulated by the Trump Administration promising a trillion-dollars to fix the nation’s deteriorating and neglected roads, bridges and airports never quite materialized. Nevada’s “Infrastructure Week,” which kicked off in mid-August with the launch of the State Infrastructure Bank, though substantially smaller in scope, seems to be actually taking shape. […]

With virtually everyone against it, NDOT scraps option to run I-11 through Lake Mead Rec Area

BY: - August 26, 2021

For years the Nevada Department of Transportation has proposed building a new highway system for the Interstate 11 Corridor that would run through the City of Henderson and protected public lands, including Rainbow Gardens and the Lake Mead Recreation Area. Those plans, known as the “eastern alternative corridor,” have now been abandoned after ongoing public […]

RTC expands service area, launches microtransit program for locals

BY: - August 9, 2021

Beginning Monday, public transit options have been extended to an additional 185,000 Southern Nevadans, in what local transportation officials are calling the region’s largest expansion in recent history. Much of the expansion restores and reconfigures routes that were cut during the pandemic last year. But changes also include two new bus routes and the introduction […]

Vegas rideshare strike doesn’t yet have momentum, but driver frustrations are real

BY: - July 22, 2021

Rideshare driver Hope Nicole Marion is fed up. She started driving for Uber in 2015 when the San Francisco-based company first launched in Las Vegas. Back then, the money was good. The ride-hailing platform was being touted as a much-needed disruptor to the powerful taxicab industry and a way to “be your own boss.” Marion […]

COMMENTARY

It’s hot. Let’s make Elon pay to drive people to their vaccinations and back.

BY: - July 11, 2021

You know where there’s air conditioning? Vaccination locations. Unfortunately, going to get vaxxed can be a big hurdle for a lot of folks, especially in a part of the world characterized not only by extreme heat, but skimpy public transit. Instead of offering people an infinitesimal chance of striking it rich for getting the vaccine, […]

‘Pedestrian Safety Zones’ could become Nevada’s next school zones

BY: - July 2, 2021

Every year, dozens of people are killed trying to cross Nevada roadways. A new concept hopes to reduce those numbers. It’s called a pedestrian safety zone. They are designed to reduce driving speeds and raise driver awareness in areas where people are at a higher risk of being struck and killed in collisions with motor […]

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Earmarks list for states in U.S. House infrastructure bill tops $5.7B, includes 11 NV projects

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats’ highway funding bill is poised to include roughly three out of five transportation projects submitted by members, as legislators vie for their share of federal dollars through the resurrected congressional earmarks process. The 1,473 projects that made the cut were out of 2,383 that Democratic and Republican legislators requested for inclusion in […]

Auto dealers group says CA emission levels in NV are inevitable

BY: - May 26, 2021

President Joe Biden and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced last month they would be ending a Trump-era rule that blocked states, specifically California, from setting their own vehicle emissions standards. The reversal lays the ground for more states to take control of their fight against climate change. Nevada will now be free to adopt […]

ARP saves the day for RTC

BY: - May 18, 2021

The American Rescue Plan will provide U.S. public transit agencies more than $30 billion to keep buses and trains moving. About $303 million in federal aid will go to the largest public transit agency in Nevada. With the new federal aid, The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) will be able to restore service […]