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RTC RIDE

RTC RIDE is the public transit bus system of the greater Reno/Sparks area, providing residents and visitors with safe and reliable bus service. We are committed to making your trip a pleasant one. We're proud of our clean, modern bus fleet and our professional and courteous coach operators. 

RTC RIDE service began on Sept. 17, 1978 with five used buses serving four routes. Today, the system encompasses the cities of Reno and Sparks, and areas of Washoe County using a fleet of 70 buses on 26 routes. The service area has grown to approximately 136 square miles. Last year, 8.4 million rides were taken on RTC transit services.

On October 26, 2008 RTC opened RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA.  This new transit center, which gives RTC a notable presence in downtown Sparks, can support the expansion of service to 2030 and beyond.  Construction of RTC 4TH STREET STATION will be completed in fall 2010. The new downtown Reno transit center will provide the same opportunity for growth in service.  Learn more about the new transit centers.

The RTC RIDE fleet includes two 40-ft hybrid diesel-electric buses. The hybrids provide RTC RAPID CONNECT service. The growing need to reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions in the United States transportation section has spurred transit agencies to pioneer the adoption of alternative fuels and new drive system technologies. Learn more about RTC RIDE hybrid buses.

RTC recently purchased New Flyer's DE60LFR model -- a 60' articulated low-flowor diesel-electric hybrid bus. The new buses will be put into service in fall 2010 to coincide with the opening of RTC 4TH STREET STATION to enhance  RTC RAPID service.

Please use the drop-down menus to the right to view route and schedule information. Other important information is posted in our How to RIDE Guide.