(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–The Regional Transportation Commission has received $2.3 million in federal dollars to improve safety at Valley bus stops.
The agency is engaged in a program to move hundreds of shelters a few additional feet from sidewalks and streets to protect pedestrians and bus patrons from traffic. The area has seen numerous accidents involving vehicles that have struck shelters and pedestrians.
In all, the RTC has 3100 bus stops in the Las Vegas area. About 1800 of them have shelters and benches, and RTC is attempting to improve safety at about two thirds of those shelters. The recent federal grant, obtained with the help of Congresswoman Dina Titus, will allow RTC to provide improvements to another 150 shelters this year.
A big part of the RTC program is obtaining right of way from private property owners and businesses in the area. In an announcement Monday through Rep. Titus’ office, RTC says Wells Fargo, the Siegel Group, and Home Depot had donated their rights of way toward the safety program. This will allow for shelter improvement for a West Charleston location at Wells Fargo, and a Home Depot location at Charleston and Lamb.
RTC conducted a study in 2008 which found that an additional five feet of space at a bus stop could reduce traffic mishaps by 84%.