The service is operated by Salt Lake Express, per NODT, which notes that beyond providing needed transportation, public transit services support environmental conservation and economic development.
On March 15, the Nevada Department of Transportation announced the launch of a new bus service between Reno and Las Vegas. Operated by Salt Lake Express, daily round-trip service will pick up from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Amtrak station and Centennial Plaza bus terminal in Sparks and offer stops in Fernley, Fallon, Hawthorne, Tonopah, Beatty, Pahrump and McCarran International Airport and Greyhound bus station in Las Vegas, via U.S. 95 and Interstate 80, according to an NDOT press release. Ticket pricing and reservations are available at SaltLakeExpress.com or by calling 800-356-9796. As an example of pricing, booking a one-way trip on March 26 from the Reno airport to the Las Vegas airport costs roughly $109, plus tax/fees. Routes will also be offered between Elko and Salt Lake City, Utah and Twin Falls, Idaho. Cumulatively, the routes are projected to serve as many as 18,250 trips during the first year, according to NDOT. “With the goal of expanding regional intercity transit and increasing mobility, the routes were identified in part by public feedback provided during the development of NDOT’s Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan,” per the March 15 press release. “Nearly 70 percent of Nevadans polled cited such intercity transit connecting Nevada’s rural areas to services in larger urban and metropolitan cities as a top transit priority.” The new bus services are part of the roughly $10 million in Federal Transit Administration funds NDOT administers annually to support rural public transportation connecting Nevadans to employment, recreation, medical services and more. According to NDOT, beyond providing needed transportation, public transit services also support environmental conservation and economic development. “Public transit use eliminates an estimated 450 million gallons of gasoline annually in the U.S., reducing related environmental pollution,” per the release. “For every $10 million in transit investment, business sales increase an average of $30 million."