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Las Vegas RTC Increases Bus Fares, Changes Routes

By January 12, 2009

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The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada has raised bus fares starting today. Standard fares, which were $1.25, have jumped to $1.75, the monthly full fare pass has gone up $15 a month, but the 30-day pass remains unchanged at $25.

Many residents are baffled by the 40% hike, which was approved back in November, given an economy that has many looking for jobs and in which even fifty cents per ride requires a little extra budgeting.

Over 30 bus routes are also seeing changes or have been eliminated completely. The RTC site has a full list of stops and routes that have been affected, including time changes and stop frequencies.

For questions and concerns call (702) 228-RIDE.

Comments

January 20, 2009 at 2:59 pm
(1) Brad says:

As much as no one likes to see an increase in fares, I for one understand that without raising fares the transit system can not continue to survive. If the RTC relies on a percentage of valley sales tax as its income to pay for the system and the economy has slowed down. That means they have less money to operate a fleet. Topped with the fact that the base fare has not increased in over 5 years, when other transit agencies increase theirs every year. I would say we are very fortunate to have gone this long without one.

January 28, 2009 at 8:07 pm
(2) Amber says:

I think that an increase in fares is completely reasonable, however, the increase here is a bit much. it went from 7.50 a week to go to work to 20.00 a week to go to work. some people cant afford that, thats why they’re riding the bus.

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