What will this plan do?
On Board will:
- Identify where enhancements to the current transit system, such as new, more frequent and faster routes, would provide the most benefit to our riders and the surrounding community.
- Identify the corridors where new high capacity transit services such as bus rapid transit, streetcar, or light rail would provide the most benefit to riders and the regional economy.
- Identify how emerging transit technologies could enhance customer service and reduce operating costs.
The Southern Nevada region is rapidly growing and growth is happening everywhere – from new sports teams to new hospitals; from new master planned communities to new employment centers; from new resorts to new education facilities.
The current population of 2.1 million is expected to increase to 2.7 million by 2025 and the number of visitors is expected to increase from 43 million annually in 2016 to 53 million in 2025. As a result, congestion is only going to increase, and we can’t build our way out of it.
As a community, we need to identify enhanced multi-modal options that will support this growth, reinvest in our neighborhoods, and allow us to move large amounts of people reliably and efficiently - On Board will help identify potential solutions to this challenge.
Light rail provides regional or local rail service that typically operates in center median configurations in exclusive right-of-way in areas of higher population and employment densities.
- Serves higher volume corridors.
- Typically operated with one to three car trains.
- Stations spaced farther apart than those of local bus services.
URBAN LIGHT RAIL
Urban light rail is similar to light rail, except:
- It operates in more densely developed areas.
- It operates in curbside lanes that are also used by cars to turn right.
Streetcars are typically single-train railcars (often articulated) that run on a short, dedicated route of city streets, making either curbside or center lane stops on embedded tracks.
- Streetcars often run through business districts in either mixed traffic or exclusive lanes.
- Make frequent stops.
- Provide a smoother ride compared to buses.
BUS RAPID TRANSIT (BRT)
BRT is a high-quality bus service that operates much like light rail, including in dedicated transit lanes. Operational and design elements that set BRT apart from traditional local bus service:
- Enhanced stations with prepayment and level boarding.
- Wider stop spacing.
- Traffic signal priority.
- Higher capacity vehicles.
- Specialized branding.
- More frequent service.
Rapid Bus is very similar to BRT, but does not operate in dedicated transit lanes.
- Most service operates in mixed traffic with targeted measures to provide transit priority, such as queue jump lanes (short bus lanes to bypass backups at traffic signals) and signal priority.
Traditional bus is the core transit service in most urbanized areas. It operates in mixed flow traffic and is typically characterized by frequent stops and low travel speeds compared to other modes.
- It may include some transit priority features at heavily congested locations or less closely spaced stops if operating as a regional service.
- Traditional bus provides greater accessibility to multiple origins/destinations along a route than with enhanced or fixed-guideway services that typically stop at ½ mile increments or more.
How does High Capacity Transit benefit Southern Nevada?
Makes Southern Nevada a better place to live and work.
Transit services increase access to jobs, schools, shopping, entertainment and recreational opportunities. Fast, convenient and enjoyable service will increase access to many resources.
Attracts talent and makes Southern Nevada more competitive.
Quality transit service helps to attract and retain a talented work force.
Supports accessibility and reduced costs.
Supports responsible growth.
Transit supports growth by moving more people within the same right-of-way footprint—accommodating new residents and employees efficiently. Well-designed transit services increase property values.
Contributes to health and safety.
Makes Southern Nevada a better place to visit.
Visitors expect quality public transportation to get around a world-class city. In Las Vegas, 12-20% of visitors use transit during their visit.
Boosts the region’s economy.
Well-designed transit services encourage economic and real estate development.