Last Thursday, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff joined Nevada Senator Harry Reid and others to break ground on the Sahara Express Bus Rapid Transit line in Las Vegas.
Thanks to $34.4 million in grants from the Recovery Act, Las Vegas will be able to build a new dedicated bus lane to improve access along one of its busiest employment corridors.
Because of its innovative elements, the Sahara Express was one of 51 transportation projects selected in February 2010 to receive grants from the Recovery Act’s TIGER program, a national competition for transportation solutions that promise significant economic and environmental benefits for a metropolitan area, a region, or the nation.
The Sahara Express will provide a timely and important boost to the Sahara Avenue corridor, much of which was hit hard by the recession and is now ripe for redevelopment. The project brings upward of 500 jobs, putting people in the community back to work building a stronger future right in their own backyards.
The project is exactly the kind of American innovation that President Obama spoke about last month in his State of the Union address, urging Americans to win the future by out-building, out-innovating, and out-educating the rest of our nation’s global economic competitors.
The project further bolsters the Regional Transportation Commission’s efforts to develop a comprehensive bus rapid transit (BRT) network by connecting directly to two other BRT routes, the Strip & Downtown Express bus rapid transit service, Deuce on the Strip double-decker buses and the Las Vegas Monorail..
This exciting new bus line will take people from wherever they live in the Valley to downtown Las Vegas and the Strip, building new connections between people, neighborhoods, and jobs, and helping shorten commutes and reduce road congestion.
DOT is proud to break ground on this important project, and will continue to support projects like it that bring communities together and put Americans back to work now and into the future.