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Clark County, RTC plans to improve bus stop safety

Posted at 8:35 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 23:45:35-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Steel protective posts may soon be an addition to more than 3,300 bus stop locations throughout the Las Vegas valley.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada said it's considering the installation, but it also has much to discuss before action is taken.

"How do you put a bollard on a sidewalk that's five feet wide that still allows people in wheelchairs to get passed on a sidewalk?" Carl Scarbrough, a director for the RTC, asked.

Scarbrough explained to 13 Action News that each bus stop is different and it would need to work with the county to work things out.

After a deadly crash took place Friday, one major question to consider is just how far away from the face of the curb does a bollard have to be.

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The organization said depending on the road and the curb, bollards could be placed anywhere but these posts also cannot block someone's ability to get around.

In 2015 a woman killed a pedestrian and injured many others while driving on the Las Vegas Strip. This incident caused the county to install more than 600 bollards along the Boulevard.

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Scarbrough also said local roads, away from the Strip, are different as cars travel faster and this can cause more impact on a driver potentially hitting a bollard.

"More than half of our bus stops are on roadways that are 45 mph or higher, and speed limits on the Strip are much lower," Scarbrough said.

The RTC has begun to look into a pilot program and hopes by the fall of 2019 to have bllards added to at least 20 of the busiest bus stops.