RIDESHARE – THE NEXT GENERATION: RTC unveils Trip to Strip transportation innovation

Hey, can we offer you — and you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you and you — a lift? Yep, all 11 of you. C’mon, pile in.

Welcome aboard Trip to Strip.

“We are going to have up to 11 riders per request and no one else does that,” said Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown at the June 25 official unveiling of the new on-demand rideshare transport system from the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada.   

Or, as Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman put it: “Welcome to another milestone moment in the history of Las Vegas.”

Debuting earlier this month, Trip to Strip’s far-flung service area extends from downtown Las Vegas to the M Resort, including McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas Convention Center. “We’re very excited to engage with the on-demand world,” said Brown.

By creating Trip to Strip in partnership with the airport, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and Keolis Transit, the Strip transit operator, Brown added that the new program is how the RTC is meeting “mobility challenges” posed recently by new technology such as autonomous vehicles and companies such as Lyft and Uber.

“We are the largest public agency-led micro-transit pilot program,” Brown said. “That’s RTC code for: a really cool program.”

Trip to Strip was created specifically for small groups looking to travel affordably around town, whether it’s for business meetings or conventions, wedding parties, birthday celebrations or other events.

“And there will be no surge pricing,” Brown promised invited guests at the launch party for Trip to Strip, at the Convention Center South Hall. Celebrities on hand — including Terry Fator and puppet sidekick Winston the Turtle, ex-Mayor/LVCVA Host Committee Chairman Oscar Goodman (and two showgirl sidekicks), a pair of Chippendales dancers and a Cirque du Soleil clown — disembarked from a Trip to Strip vehicle for the festivities.

“I will repeat that: NEVER surge pricing,” Brown re-emphasized.

Rides start at $6 and prices are determined by the distance and number of passengers in a booking party. “If it’s the busiest Friday of the year on the Strip or the slowest Wednesday, the RTC opportunity is going to be consistent, affordable and efficient,” Brown said. “And plus, these vehicles? Pretty cool.”

How cool? This cool: All the transports are equipped with limousine-style interiors, complementary WiFi connectivity, USB charging ports, ample luggage space and the option to carry beverages in closed containers. Wheelchair-accessible vehicles are also available.

“It happens to be cutting-edge, innovative, viable, affordable transportation and certainly is setting a new standard for travel,” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said. “More people using Trip to Strip also help reduce congestion from single-vehicle occupancy, which of course helps our environment. … We’re witnessing yet another example of creative approaches to mobility and meeting people’s needs, in Vegas style all the time.”

Praising the RTC’s “forward-leaning thought process,” Steve Hill, CEO and president of the LVCVA (which produces Las Vegas Newswire) added: “Innovation is important to this destination. Taking care of our customers is important to this destination. … We want both people who live here and people who visit here to be able to experience everything Las Vegas has … This is one more addition that is really going to up the game.”

New Trip to Strip users are invited to receive 15 percent off their initial ride using the promo code “FIRSTRIDE.” The Trip to Strip app is available free in the Apple and Google Play stores, and is also integrated with the “Transit” app used in metropolitan areas worldwide, including Southern Nevada, as the transit planning element of the rideRTC mobile ticketing app.

For additional information and to download the app, visit www.triptostriplv.com.

To offer feedback on this story or suggestions for future stories on Las Vegas Newswire, contact Managing Editor Steve Bornfeld at SBornfeld@lvcva.com.

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