(Las Vegas, NV) — Thursday, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), Nevada Senator
Harry Reid, the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and local leaders broke ground on a new transit center on the campus of the UNLV.
The new UNLV Transit Center will be built on the south side of University Road just west of Maryland Parkway. The Centennial Express will serve the transit center, transporting passengers to the Bonneville Transit Center in downtown Las Vegas,
where they can connect to other transit routes serving destinations across the valley. The new facility will improve connectivity to public transit at UNLV as well as within the surrounding community.
“It will save students a lot of money. When you ride the bus you can save $500-600 a month. That’s a big part of a student’s budget,” says U.S. Congresswoman Dina Titus.
The UNLV Transit Center is being built with $3.4 million in federal funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Bus and Bus Facilities Livability Initiative Grant. Eighty percent of the project’s total cost was federally funded, with a 20 percent local match.
“Take the bus! We really think this is going to be a great benefit both to our students who commute on everyday as well as those students who live on campus,” says UNLV President Neal Smatresk.
The new transit center is scheduled to open in August, 2013.