April 15, 2020

Transit agencies across the State of Nevada are joining the national #SoundTheHorn campaign to support transit workers. On Thursday, April 16, at noon PT, bus and transit-vehicle operators from RTC Washoe County, RTC Southern Nevada, Tahoe Transportation District and Jump Around Carson Transit will simultaneously #SoundTheHorn by giving two one-second horn blasts in solidarity with partner agencies across the nation in their respective time zones. Heroic transportation workers continue to provide critical service for healthcare workers, first responders, childcare workers, grocery store employees and other heroes who are performing critically essential work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

While transit ridership is down an average of more than 60% across the state, transit workers remain on the frontlines, dedicated to providing critical transit service to those who depend on transit for essential trips.

Across the state, hundreds of transit vehicles will be participating. Anyone who sees or hears transit vehicles sounding their horns at noon on Thursday is encouraged to use the #SoundTheHorn hashtag to post audio and video, and tag the agency on the platform of their choice.

Our thanks also go to the contractors who provide transit service, including Keolis, MTM, and MV Transportation.

RTC Washoe Executive Director Bill Thomas said: “Transit operators are on the frontlines of this pandemic and deserve to be recognized and thanked for their service to our community during these uncertain times. They are not only transporting people to their destinations, but also delivering meals and food items to our paratransit customers in partnership with Washoe County Senior Services and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.”

RTC Southern Nevada Chief Executive Officer M.J. Maynard said: “Our public transportation system plays a critical role in our community, especially during this time of uncertainty. We want to join agencies across the nation to help celebrate the drivers, mechanics, dispatch staff, security and all other essential workers who are keeping our community moving.”

Tahoe Transportation District Manager Carl Hasty said: “I couldn’t be prouder of the transit operators who put forward extraordinary effort to ensure Tahoe residents can make their essential trips safety and reliably during this unprecedented time.”

Jump Around Carson Transit, Carson City Public Works Director Darren Schulz said: “Just as we support health care workers and first responders, it is critical that we recognize the contribution of those transit workers who are coming to work every day and helping people in our community get where they need to go.”

Transit agencies in Nevada are grateful to our Nevada Congressional Delegation and the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration for their stimulus funding to support transit during the pandemic.