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City of Las Vegas, RTC Moving Some Bus Stops Back

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LAS VEGAS -- Bus stops in the city of Las Vegas may soon be changing to potentially save lives.

The city and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada are working together in an effort to push bus stops further back from the street.

The bus stops would be at least five feet from the curb.

According to experts, the small change might significantly reduce the chances of a vehicle hitting a person waiting at a bus stop.

Pamela Potter said her 19-year-old son was supposed to be at the bus stop near Spring Mountain Road and Decatur Boulevard last September where a drunk driver crashed his car and killed four people.

"I cried all the way running to the bus stop," Potter said.

She said she still counts her blessing that he didn't make it to the bus stop that day.

"Tragedies like that come and go and we get to forget about it but those families affected don't get to forget about it," she said.

The wreck pushed the City of Las Vegas to pledge $1 million to buy up private property and push back bus stops around the city at least five feet from the curb.

RTC General Manager Tina Quigley said research shows this small change could reduce the number of accidents by up to 80 percent.

"Whenever there is an incursion it is due to an impaired or reckless driver," she said. "That's why the further we can pull them away from the curb, the better."

A recent land donation by US Bank near Tropicana Avenue and U.S. 95 helped make room for a new bus shelter that went into service just a few weeks ago.

"That five feet is really a minimal amount of land we had to give to the city to make it a much safer environment," US Bank Regional Market President Lori Soren said.

The city's $1 million pledge will be available starting in July and will impact up to 200 bus stops.

"My hope is anybody that owns the land where there is a bus stop will make a donation," Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said.

Pamela Potter, who rides the bus, said she wants to sees every bus stop in the Las Vegas valley sitting a little farther from the curb.

"It's not a cure-all but it helps," she said.

Quigley said the RTC will decide which bus stops to push back based on ones with the most riders and those most at risk for accidents.

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