LAS VEGAS -- The Regional Transportation Commission is offering free bus rides to revelers this New Year's Eve.
Starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 31, buses will be free of charge to those heading to the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas.
Getting to Downtown Las Vegas:
From Centennial Hills Transit Center Park & Ride: This year, the RTC is offering park-and-ride transit service for New Year's Eve to downtown Las Vegas from the Centennial Hills Transit Center Park & Ride lot located on Grand Montecito Parkway, near Durango Drive and Elkhorn Road.
From Westcliff Transit Center Park & Ride: The RTC is offering park-and-ride transit service for New Year's Eve to downtown Las Vegas from the Westcliff Transit Center Park & Ride, located at 25 S. Durango Drive, just south of Summerlin Parkway.
Express transit service from both park-and-rides will operate at a higher frequency, approximately every 20 minutes, between 5 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 4 a.m. on New Year's Day.
The free service will take riders from the park-and-rides to Neonopolis on Las Vegas Boulevard where passengers may transfer to the Deuce on the Strip service to travel south to the Strip -- as close as transit service can reach given closures on the Strip.
Getting to the Strip
The Deuce on the Strip double-deck service will operate on the Strip until it is closed to traffic. At that time, the Deuce on the Strip service will operate from the Fremont Street Experience to Mandalay Bay primarily via Paradise Road and Koval Lane at approximately a 20 minute frequency.
The Strip & Downtown Express (SDX) will operate from the Las Vegas Premium Outlets North to the South Strip Transfer Terminal primarily via Industrial Road/Dean Martin Drive at a 20-minute frequency until 2:30 a.m. on New Year's Day.
Routes 201 (Tropicana Avenue), 202 (Flamingo Road), and 203 (Spring Mtn. Road / Desert Inn Road / Lamb Blvd) will provide the closest possible access to the Strip but will not stop on the Strip.
Many transit routes on and around the Las Vegas Strip, including the Deuce on the Strip service, will be detoured on New Year's Eve due to anticipated street closures on Las Vegas Boulevard. For full details of detours and alternative routes, visit www.rtcsnv.com. Due to possible detours and road closures, please schedule extra travel time when planning your commute.
Detours will begin at approximately 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve and will end at approximately 4 a.m. on New Year's Day. Those detours will include:
• 106 – Rancho/Centennial Hills
• 113/MAX – Las Vegas Blvd. North
• 119 – Simmons/Koval
• 201 – Tropicana
• 202 – Flamingo
• 203 – Spring Mountain/Desert Inn/Lamb
• 207 – Alta/Stewart
• 208 – Washington
• 214 – H Street/D Street
• 215 – Bonanza
• Deuce on the Strip
• Strip & Downtown Express (SDX)
• Downtown & Veterans Medical Center Express (DVX)
• Boulder Highway Express (BHX)
• Henderson & Downtown Express (HDX)
• Centennial Express (CX)
• Westcliff Airport Express (WAX).
Routes that will operate at extended hours due to anticipated increased ridership:
• 117 – Las Vegas Blvd. South will operate until 4:15 a.m.
• 119 – Simmons/Koval will operate until 2:30 a.m.
• 217 – Warm Springs/Downtown Henderson from South Strip Transfer Terminal to Silverton Casino will operate until 3:30 a.m.
• Centennial Express (CX) and Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) will operate until 4 a.m.
• Henderson & Downtown Express (HDX) will operate until 2:30 a.m.
For information on RTC Transit routes and park and ride locations, visit its website or call 702.228.RIDE (7433).