LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Mayor of Las Vegas and other familiar faces gathered to celebrate the Regional Transportation Commission’s new ride share service.
Trip to Strip rolled into the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday, along with Las Vegas valley celebrities to celebrate the launch.
Impressionist Terry Fator, Chippendales dancers, Cirque du Soleil performers, and former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman were some of the attendees.
“Traditionally, when you think of public transit we are that fix route bus whether there's someone at the stop or not,” says Tina Quigley, RTC CEO.
These Trip to Strip vehicles are are anything but your typical RTC bus.
With the touch of an app, you can request a quick ride to some of the hottest spots in the city in one of their 11-seat vehicles.
Trip to Strip makes use of the already existing RTC stop on the Las Vegas Strip, extending to the M Resort, McCarran Airport and the Convention Center.
RTC is hoping to compete with the likes of other ride share options like Uber and Lyft.
But unlike other ride share options, the RTC service is offering no surge pricing.
“To continue to be relevant and significant and a mode and a true choice for our constituents in Southern Nevada, then we need to be piloting things like this and testing it,” says Quigley.
Since the service's soft launch, Trip to Strip has moved over 47,000 riders, which is about 200 riders a day.
The service could be even a model for transit agencies who want to follow in the RTC’s footsteps.
“Other transit agencies, my peers, across the united states are looking to us as leaders to figure out what works, what doesn't work, how does the app work, how are people responding to it, how do we improve and I'm very excited,” says Quigley.
The hope is to continue expanding that service out into the Las Vegas valley, and also to continue connecting it to other transit options as they begin service in the future.