Free buses in downtown LV set to start

May 23, 2017 3:00 AM

One of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s pet projects, a free bus service from the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets to the Fremont East district with stops at other downtown venues will begin in the next few weeks.

The City Council approved a contract last week to begin operating two downtown free-to-passengers circulator shuttles for a six-month trial period.

Called the Downtown Loop, the service will operate for nine hours per day. The city will compile ridership data during the test period, including tracking how long it takes the shuttles to complete the route, according to Public Works Director David Bowers.

The proposed stops are the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, the Plaza Hotel & Casino, The Mob Museum, the Fremont East district, Pawn Plaza on Las Vegas Boulevard South, the Arts District and the Bonneville Transit Center.

“I’m very excited about this,” Goodman said. The mayor has been pushing for the service at downtown civic events for months. Gambling and general commerce revenues in downtown have been on an upward trend during the past year.

The cost is $275,000 for the first six months, with an option to extend for another six months at the same cost. The service contract is between the city and transit company Keolis and will be overseen by RTC of Southern Nevada.

Proposed hours of Downtown Loop circulator operation:

• Monday through Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• Friday and Saturday: 3 p.m. to midnight.

• Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m