Transit

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 […]

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Clark County residents lacking bus service may get on-demand microtransit

BY: - April 23, 2021

Some 185,000 residents of Henderson and southwest Las Vegas who currently lack nearby transit service would have access to new options, including on-demand microtransit — a ride in a multi-passenger van — if lawmakers approve Senate Bill 362. “District F includes some of the fastest growing parts of the valley and much of my district […]

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To Mars, from Las Vegas, with best wishes

BY: - February 17, 2021

If all goes right, Thursday the Perseverance Rover will be safely on Martian ground, where it can begin searching for signs of ancient life, and collecting and storing rock and soil samples. And if all goes really right, someday those samples will be shipped to earth. The rover’s instruments are themselves capable of analyzing chemistry […]

Bye bye Pat

Clark County moves ahead with plan to rename LAS airport after Harry Reid

BY: - February 16, 2021

Attention, LAS passengers. The airport’s name is now boarding and will soon be departing forever. The Clark County Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a recommendation to rename McCarran International Airport after former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The recommendation will be submitted by airport officials to the Federal Aviation Administration, which must greenlight the name […]

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Wear your seat belt

BY: - January 11, 2021

Nevada’s traffic safety laws are lagging behind the rest of the country, according to a new report from a national traffic safety advocacy group. It’s an assessment local traffic safety advocates agree with, but they say it’s not for a lack of trying. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety placed Nevada in the bottom third […]

Le Strip, hmmm.

Tunnels, scooters, evictions, and room taxes pepper commission meeting

BY: - December 2, 2020

The time-honored practice of attracting visitors to Las Vegas via free and discounted rooms may be threatened, just when the hospitality industry could use it to fill rooms emptied by the pandemic.   A proposed amendment to county ordinance would redefine “gross receipts” and make “the value of discounts, room allowances or complimentary rooms” not deductible […]

COMMENTARY
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Should the Victorville train be derailed? Let the market decide.

BY: - November 20, 2020

In July, Nevada officials unanimously, and gushingly, approved $200 million in private activity bonds to fund an investment company’s train to Victorville. California had already authorized issuing $600 million in the tax-exempt bonds for the project. Then in October, project developer Fortress Investment Group announced it had run into a snag: Investors didn’t want to […]