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Reno's RTC RAPID Bus Service

Speedy Commuter Bus Service to Downtown Reno


RTC RAPID, buses, public transit, Reno, Nevada, NV

RTC RAPID buses have a distinctive green and white paint job.

Photo © Stan White
Reno's bus public transit system now has a rapid component, aptly called RTC RAPID. The service was launched on October 12, 2009, and replaces RTC RIDE route 1 service on Virginia Street between the downtown Reno CitiCenter terminal and the Meadowood Mall station, the bus system's busiest route.

What is RTC RAPID?

RTC RAPID is a limited-stop bus service designed to move swiftly along its route, similar to a light rail system. RTC RAPID makes only six stops as it traverses Virginia Street between downtown Reno and the Meadowood Mall. An electronic system permits drivers to control traffic signals as they approach intersections, eliminating long waits at red lights. RTC RAPID is equipped with new articulated 60-foot hybrid diesel/electric buses.

A companion service called RTC RAPID CONNECT will run the same route. It will serve all stops along the way, just like the RTC RIDE service it replaces. This is essentially a rebranding of the existing bus service while RTC RAPID is a new offering.

Reno's public transit bus service is operated by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC). For its first three years, RTC RAPID is federally funded, saving $2.4 to $3.9 million a year badly needed to maintain RTC bus service without implementing further cuts.

What Times is RTC RAPID Running?

RTC RAPID runs every 10 minutes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. It's every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, RTC RAPID service is every 12 minutes from 6:36 a.m. to 7 p.m. and every 30 minutes from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

RTC RAPID CONNECT serves the community every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day from 4 a.m. to midnight. From midnight to 4 a.m., service is hourly.

Where Does RTC RAPID Go?

The downtown Reno end of the RTC RAPID route is 4th Street Station at the corner of 4th and Lake Streets. At the other end, the station is on the south side of Meadowood Mall, 5000 Meadowood Mall Circle off of S. Virginia Street and S. McCarran Blvd. There are six stops along Virginia Street in each direction.

What are RTC RAPID Fares?

Fares for RTC RAPID and RTC RAPIC CONNECT are the same as regular RTC RIDE routes. Reduced fares require ID on boarding.
  • $2 - Single Adult
  • $1 - Reduced fare Senior*, Youth**, Disabled
  • Free - Children 5 and under with an adult
*65 or older, or 60 or older before January 1, 2010.

**Youth ages 6 to 18 years. Middle and high school students of any age.

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