Keolis transit employees will soon return to work after the Teamsters Local 533 union has agreed to end their third transit strike. Keolis and the Teamsters have now reached agreement on all the articles of negotiation, and the RTC does not anticipate additional future strikes.
While transit passengers can expect to see more transit routes operating beginning on Saturday, December 4, 2021, not all trips on all routes will be running as the RTC ramps up the service levels.
Regular transit fares will resume on Monday, December 6, 2021. RTC RIDE has remained free since the end of the second transit strike on October 19, 2021. If any passengers did purchase a pass during that free-ride time period, that pass will begin working when it is first swiped at the farebox.
Please check rtcwashoe.com daily, and sign up for route-specific alerts for updates.
RTC Seeks Community Feedback on the Future of RTC’s Post-Strike Transit Services:
The community’s transit needs have changed over the past few years, including more people working from home and spending fewer days in the office, business downsizing, and reduced events and gatherings, leading to fewer people commuting on RTC’s fixed-route transit system.
In response to these changes, the RTC is seeking community input on the future of transit in our community as part of the 2022-2026 Transit Optimization Plan Strategies, or TOPS.
TOPS will look at all facets of RTC’s transit system and connections to other services in our region and make recommendations for how to optimize and improve RTC’s transit services.
The goal of TOPS is to improve mobility and enhance quality of life in the Washoe County metropolitan area. TOPS will recommend strategies for:
- Providing a reliable system based on demand and workforce availability;
- Retaining current transit riders and attracting new ones;
- Improving customer service;
- Leveraging and simplifying technology; and
- Assuring RTC’s operations are financially sustainable
The community is encouraged to take a short survey to allow the RTC to gather input about the future of transit service in our community. The survey is available now through December 31: https://forms.office.com/r/pHh7sWKb00.
For more information, please visit rtcwashoe.com.