Making Access Easier
RTC has also introduced a new student transit pass program, UPASS, tailored just for college students at all three of Southern Nevada’s major higher education institutions. The new transit pass will offer students a 50 percent discount on a 30-day monthly pass or more than a 60 percent discount for an entire semester transit pass. The UPASS can be used for any transit route and to any destination.
Established to improve access to the transit system among Southern Nevada college students, the UPASS will also help the RTC to better understand college students’ transit usage and behavior and the needs and demands for transit services. Not only will the discounted pass make transit more economical for financially strapped students, but it will also introduce them to public transit at a younger age, hopefully keeping them as riders well beyond graduation.
The RTC continues to work with universities to develop innovative public transit solutions that meet the needs of a growing student population. As one of the youngest transit systems in the United States, the RTC is expanding its reach and capabilities so that students living in Southern Nevada today become and remain transit riders in the future, no matter where their future takes them after college. MT
Tina Quigley is the general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC).