The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) invites residents to provide feedback on the proposed Maryland Parkway Transportation Project beginning Monday, February 4, through Thursday, March 7, 2019.
The stretch of road from McCarran International Airport to Charleston is one of the busiest North-South surface streets in the Valley.
“I live in the south so it’s like nine miles…10 miles,” calculated UNLV student Paul Oko as he waited for an RTC bus at the bus stop in front of campus.
Oko rotates between driving, riding his bike, or taking the bus.
“The route and then waiting for it… it’s really slow,” explained Oko. “It’s like two minutes late on average.”
For the next month, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada is inviting residents, like Oko, to give feedback on the proposed Maryland Parkway Transportation Project.
As a driver, Oko is familiar with the road’s traffic build-up. He says as a bus rider, things aren’t much better. “It takes a lot of time. Let’s assume I want to leave campus by 9:00 p.m. There’s a chance I might get home by 11:00. So that’s bad for me.”
RTC is evaluating several options to combat the congestion—like enhancing the current bus route 109 and extending it to the Medical District and the UNLV School of Medicine.
Other ideas include implementing a rapid transit bus or light rail, and adding improved crosswalks and bike lanes.
The public is invited to attend one of the upcoming meetings to learn more about the project and provide feedback on the options under consideration:
Presentation will be given at the beginning of the meeting, followed by a Q&A session.
– Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 from 4 to 6 p.m.
RTC Administrative Building: 600 S. Grand Central Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89106
– Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Historic Fifth Street School: 401 S. 4th St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
– Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Cambridge Community Center: 3930 Cambridge St., Las Vegas, NV 89119
No presentation will be provided. Visual boards will be available and community members can stop by at any time during the open house.
– Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Boulevard Mall: 3528 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89169
– Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Student Union: 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89154
If members of the public cannot attend one of the meetings, the presentation will broadcast on the RTC’s Facebook page (@RTCSNV) on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. The video will be available for later viewing online.
Following the public comment period, findings will be presented to the RTC Board of Commissioners for recommendation to move forward with a locally preferred alternative this spring.
An environmental clearance would be necessary to seek federal funding and begin preliminary engineering later this year. Any potential corridor enhancements could begin as early as 2022.
Additional information about the Maryland Parkway project can be found online at rtcsnv.com/Maryland-Parkway.
Community members can also submit comments or questions on the project website, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax at 702-676-1589 or by U.S. Mail to:
ATTN: Maryland Parkway transportation project, RTC of Southern Nevada – 600 S. Grand Central Pkwy. Suite 350, Las Vegas, NV 89106.