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Report: Nevada ranks No. 1 in nation for transportation infrastructure

Posted at 6:38 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 22:55:01-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Orange cones and construction zones can be found throughout the valley.

Both can be frustrating but believe it or not, Nevada's transportation infrastructure is ranked No. 1 in the country, according to the US News and World Report.

The study says the state has the best because of decent public transportation options, sturdy bridges, and reliable roads.

If you ask people who have moved here from other states, they say things could get worse.

"I'm from San Bernardino. So, it's kinda bad out there," Michael Howard said.

"Road conditions here are a lot better than most places. I just left Texas last year, and Texas is pretty spotty in places. The roads here are also much better than Chicago. Chicago is a pothole haven," said Roger Harris.

Overall, Nevada ranked high in bridge quality, public transit usage, road quality, and commute time.

NDOT's Project Neon is nearly done, and HOV lanes have recently opened.

Clark County is also widening sidewalks and upgrading traffic lights on the Strip, and the RTC just launched a new rideshare service.

Although the state is doing well compared to other states, locals say there's always room for improvement.

"The system could probably improve more by putting more buses out there. They really need to put more buses on the roads. Nevada is growing rapidly," Harris said.

And improvement might come soon.

RTC is planning on launching an upgraded form of public transportation along Maryland Parkway - a rapid bus line.

The new route will extend from McCarran to downtown, passing UNLV to the medical district

"What defines bus rapid transit has dedicated lanes that help our buses move faster. We also have much larger, nicer stations where we have larger shading for our passengers," David Swallow, RTC's chief engineering and technology officer, said.

Riders can pay their fare before the bus pulls up to save time. Buses will also work with traffic signals to enable them to get along the corridor faster and get to passengers quicker.

As for drivers, more road construction will also continue.

NDOT will pave I-15, and soon, there will be improvements to accommodate T-mobile Arena along with the future Raiders stadium.

As NDOT's Tony Illia told 13 Action News at the beginning of this year, it's all a temporary headache -- for a long term relief.

"We really need these improvements now because traffic is only going to get worse. I mean according to our projection, it's going to almost double over the next 20 years," Illia said.