RTC Southern Nevada secures CIG grant, begins construction on Maryland Parkway BRT

RTC Southern Nevada secures CIG grant, begins construction on Maryland Parkway BRT Image credit: Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada has announced plans to begin construction this year on the Maryland Parkway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Las Vegas. Construction will be phased, toward completion in 2026.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded a $149.9-million grant from the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program in April for the estimated $378.1 million project.

Maryland Parkway has three lanes in each direction plus a center left-turn lane. Plans by GCW Engineering Inc., Las Vegas, call for a 12.5-mile parkway corridor between the South Strip Transit Terminal and the Las Vegas Medical District. A total of 15 hydrogen fuel cell-powered, 60-foot articulated buses will replace traditional bus lines and connect to Harry Reid International Airport, the sixth busiest airport in the nation and one of the largest employers in the state. 

RTC plans to build 42 transit shelters and platforms, widen sidewalks, upgrade pedestrian crossings and replace signals. The improvements would include priority signals for buses and provide 25 transit connections along the route. The project also includes shared bus-bike lanes, wider sidewalks, and improvements to lighting and landscaping.

Source: Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada