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February 2018


RTC_logo.pngRTC to launch innovative ‘ride on demand’ Paratransit service

As another means to expand and improve transportation services for all residents, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) today announced it is launching a six-month pilot program with Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S., for Southern Nevada Transit Coalition (SNTC) Paratransit riders beginning Monday, Feb. 12. 

Here’s how it works:

  • Pilot participants can request a ride via the Lyft app. Those without access to a smartphone or require a wheelchair accessible vehicle can call the RTC Customer Care at 702-478-2400 (option 4) seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Customers are in control and don’t have to schedule rides in advance, unless they want to. They can get a ride on-demand and be picked up within minutes.
  • Customers will continue to pay $3 one way. The RTC will subsidize the ride up to $15 each way, and if the ride costs more than $18 total, the client has the option to pay the remaining balance or cancel the ride and use their existing service. In setting the subsidy cost, the RTC determined the average Paratransit ride is 10 miles one-way.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to improve service and move customers around the valley more efficiently and effectively. This partnership with Lyft provides an efficient solution and option for Paratransit customers,” said RTC General Manager Tina Quigley, who noted transit agencies in Boston, Washington D.C., and Orange County, Calif., have launched similar programs with great success. “Through this partnership and pilot, Paratransit customers can expect more flexible service and the ability to be more spontaneous by scheduling rides on demand, something they previously could not do.”


Touro.jpgTouro University Nevada Hosts ‘Leadership Henderson’ Professional Group to Improve Community Awareness About Healthcare Education

Leadership Henderson, a nonprofit organization under the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Foundation, visited Touro University Nevada for its ‘Education and Healthcare Day’ on Jan. 12.

As part of the group that included more than 30 community leaders representing an assortment of industries across Southern Nevada, Leadership Henderson members spent the day learning about the ways Touro is making an impact in both healthcare and education across the Silver State.

“These leaders want to know and understand what the challenges are within this community,” said Kelly Green, Leadership Henderson Director. “They also want to know what we are doing well and where they can be of more assistance. It’s important that we educate them because these professionals are very community oriented.”



BARRICK_colour.jpgBarrick's BattleBorn series will bring together Nevada's tech and innovation community

Barrick Gold Corporation has joined forces with Cisco, Switch and Unearthed to provide Nevada’s innovation and tech community with a premier opportunity to build skills, scale ventures and engage with great talent.

“Barrick is excited to host the state’s first global mining hackathon in Las Vegas,” said Michael Brown, President, Barrick USA. “We are at the forefront of transforming traditional mining with digital technologies, and we look forward to bringing our technology partners to Las Vegas to work with talented innovators and generate fresh ideas for our industry.”

BattleBorn, a name inspired by the Nevada state flag, was created by the world’s leading gold mining company to infuse the resource industry with bold ideas and exponential technologies. BattleBorn includes a series of boot camps, a 54-hour hackathon, and a startup exchange, that will bring together competitors, observers, industry leaders, and startups.



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