LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada will no longer offer its Trip to Strip service after Dec. 30.
The on-demand ride-sharing service launched in May. RTC used vans to transport people to various locations along the Las Vegas Strip, Town Square, M Resort, the convention center and McCarran International Strip without passengers having to worry about surge pricing.
RTC says that it transported more than 600,000 during the 6-month pilot program. However, they are ending the service due to monetary limits at the RTC, according to agency spokesperson Angela Castro.
The standard for new public transit services is to reach peak ridership within three years,” Castro said. “Unfortunately, due to the financial constraints facing our overall transit system, we currently do not have the luxury of time to allow the new service to reach its full potential and decided to discontinue funding for Trip to Strip at the end of the six-month pilot period.”
The RTC says that the program provided them with useful information for the future, including that people are willing to use it and properties and businesses who are farther from the Las Vegas Strip and downtown are also interested.
The ending of the service does not mean an end to jobs. The 63 operations staff members and other employees who worked on the Trip to Strip service will continue to be employed by Keolis North American.
It also doesn't mean that the RTC will not consider a similar program in the future.
“A new fixed-route transit line costs between $105 and $110 per hour to operate, while Trip to Strip cost the agency approximately $60 per hour to operate and can be adjusted to demand,” said Castro.