December 15, 2020

For the first time in 36 years the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County is canceling its annual New Year’s Eve FREE Safe RIDE service to encourage people to stay home to celebrate. The decision was made given the current situation our community is facing with the pandemic surge happening now and to support and comply with Governor Sisolak’s statewide ‘pause’ for the safety of all Nevadans to avoid transmission of and contracting COVID-19.

“This is a longtime tradition and, while we are disappointed about canceling this free service, we want to encourage everyone to stay home to ring in the New Year safely,” said RTC Executive Director Bill Thomas. “Please celebrate responsibly by staying home.”

Even though free service will be canceled, transit will run on a normal schedule on New Year’s Eve for essential trips.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to the frontline transit workers who have maintained essential transit service during the past ten months,” said Thomas.

Masks are required when taking transit and transit passengers are reminded to practice social distancing while onboard and at transit stops and stations.

On New Year’s Day, transit will operate on a Sunday-level holiday schedule.

For more information, or to plan your essential transit trip, visit