November 22, 2019

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County plans to launch a double-decker bus pilot demonstration for three weeks, starting in early December.

There will be no farebox on the bus, so customers will ride free and not have to pay for service on this bus during the demonstration. Throughout the demonstration, the RTC plans to evaluate how the bus operates on services such as the RTC’s RAPID Lincoln Line, Routes 5, 7, 12, and the Regional Connector to Carson City.

Before the bus is available for service to the public, bus drivers will conduct test runs in our community to ensure safety and viability. The vehicle’s height and weight will also be taken into consideration as different routes will be used as part of the demonstration. The bus must be able to clear overpasses and not strain roadways not designed to handle the extra weight.

The RTC will measure customer feedback, input from its transit contractor Keolis about the ability to operate and maintain the bus, and ridership data.

By the end of the demonstration, the RTC hopes to gain insight into how the implementation of a double-decker bus would work in our community.