LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Keolis, a global leader in managing passenger transportation systems, today announced it has renewed its contract with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) for the operation and maintenance of fixed route and bus rapid transit (BRT) service for the southern Las Vegas Valley. Those routes include the Strip & Downtown Express (SDX) and the Deuce along the iconic resort corridor of Las Vegas Boulevard, as well as residential routes along Sahara Boulevard, Flamingo Road, Maryland Parkway and other corridors.
Keolis has been operating fixed-route local and express transit routes in the region since 2013; the five-year contract extension will begin in July 2018. Under this extension of service, Keolis will continue to be responsible for a fleet of over 250 buses across 17 routes, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Annually, this amounts to nearly 13 million vehicle miles and over 37 million passenger trips.
“Keolis is committed to helping people travel safely, comfortably and efficiently anywhere we operate,” said Francis Julien, general manager of Las Vegas operations for Keolis. “We’re thrilled to continue our work with the RTC and to enhance Las Vegas’ transit experience for residents and tourists alike.”
“With our region’s rapid growth and booming tourism industry, it is critical that RTC's public transit system keeps pace with our riders’ mobility needs,” said Tina Quigley, general manager of the RTC. “The RTC is pleased to extend its partnership with Keolis who has been a great partner over the past five years as we work together to ensure those who live in and visit Southern Nevada have access to a convenient, efficient and reliable transit service.”
In addition to operating the RTC bus fleet, Keolis is responsible for all facets of bus maintenance, ensuring they run safely, efficiently and on time.
This contract renewal is a further testimony to RTC and Keolis’ successful partnership in forward-looking and progressive transit development. Last year, Keolis and the RTC partnered with the City of Las Vegas for the launch of the nation’s first public self-driving autonomous shuttle in the downtown innovation district of Las Vegas.
To learn more about Keolis’ operations in Nevada, visit http://www.keolisnorthamerica.com/locations/nevada/
Keolis is a global leader in managing passenger transportation systems throughout the world, transporting 3 billion passengers a year via trains, buses, shuttles and taxis. Learn more about how Keolis and its 60,000 employees are always "thinking like a passenger" at www.keolisnorthamerica.com
About the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is the transit authority, transportation planning organization, regional traffic management agency and administrator of Southern Nevada Strong, the regional planning effort for the Las Vegas valley. The RTC's vision is to provide a safe, convenient and effective regional transportation system that enhances mobility and air quality for citizens and visitors. For more information about the RTC and its major initiatives, visit http://rtcsnv.com