Groups of visitors traveling between Denver's McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas Strip and downtown areas will soon have a new means of transportation. The Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is launching a microtransit pilot program this summer. The on-demand service will utilize minibuses to transport up to a dozen passengers at once between the airport and resort destinations located some three miles down the road.
Currently, passengers arriving at McCarran can utilize public RTC Route 109 to access the South Strip Transfer Terminal and connect with other routes throughout Clark County. The new service will enable more direct, group-friendly travel options.
The RTC is working with microtransit provider Via on the project. According to RTC media and marketing supervisor Monika Bertaki, travelers would be able to instantly call a minibus for their group using the Via app (similar to Uber or Lyft).
"Now we have larger vehicles [than Uber of Lyft] that can provide point-to-point service," said David Swallow, senior director of engineering and technology for the commission, as reported by theLas Vegas Review-Journal. "We're not trying to overtake Uber or Lyft by any means. It's meant to fill a niche between what they can provide."
Six vehicles will be involved in the program that will operate on a 24-hour basis, depending on demand.
As the pilot program progresses, RTC officials will determine where it fits in the overall transportation spectrum. Other routes and expansions will be considered over time.