March 15, 2021

The RTC is marking 18 years of providing a safe transportation choice to help people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day responsibly with the FREE Safe RIDE program. Scheduled RTC transit services will be free on Wednesday, March 17 from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The goal of providing this free service is to keep our roads and crosswalks safe for everyone on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. As our state gradually begins to reopen, the RTC encourages people to celebrate safely and responsibly by not being impaired and getting behind the wheel or crossing streets.

Passengers using transit should note that social-distancing protocols are in place on RTC buses and transit facilities, and that masks or face coverings are required when riding transit, or when at a transit facility, per Federal Law. The RTC has also implemented additional cleaning measures.

RTC transit and the RTC Regional Connector will operate on a regular schedule on St. Patrick’s Day. To plan your trip, visit

There are a variety of benefits to taking public transportation. For example, if you take a bus, you help reduce greenhouse gas emissions into our environment, which helps promote better air quality in the Truckee Meadows. In addition, public transportation can ease traffic, save energy and fuel, and reduce congestion.

The RTC supports Vision Zero Truckee Meadows’ goal of zero pedestrian fatalities in our community by 2030.

The RTC would not be able to provide this free service to our community without the support of our contributing sponsors, including Atkins, NCE, Sierra Nevada Construction, HDR, CA Group, and the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority. KOLO 8 News Now is partnering with the RTC to help promote and provide this free service to our community.