LAS VEGAS – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers today joined Nevada state and local officials to celebrate the completion of the Flamingo Corridor Improvements Project, which will significantly enhance transit service and traffic flow along one of the busiest travel corridors in Las Vegas.
“The Obama Administration is committed to investing in transportation projects that improve mobility and help residents access jobs, education and other opportunities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Improvements along Flamingo Road will provide safer, more efficient travel for thousands of commuters and students, and also support strong economic development in the corridor.”
Flamingo Road is a major east-west arterial street that connects extensive existing and planned commercial and residential development directly to the heart of the Resort Corridor and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus. Improvements along the 14-mile corridor include the installation of more than 100 new bus shelters, upgrades to intersections and traffic signals, upgraded pedestrian crosswalks and the addition of dedicated bus and bicycle lanes.
“FTA is proud to partner with Nevada to bring more modern and convenient transit service to the busy Flamingo Road corridor,” said FTA Acting Administrator Flowers. “This project will make a huge difference for the thousands of bus riders who depend on public transit with technology and design improvements that will help reduce delays and improve reliability.”
Acting Administrator Flowers was joined at an event in West Flamingo Park to celebrate the completion of the project by Congresswoman Dina Titus, Congressman Cresent Hardy and representatives from the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC).
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) helped fund the project with $13.3 million from a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant and $1 million in other DOT funds. The remaining cost of the $46.4 million project is being covered by local funding sources.