On the night of January 3, 2008, a CAT bus collided through two brick walls before finally hitting a house. Around 9:30 pm, CAT bus 915 on route 207 was heading south on Christy Lane and turning left onto Mabel Road, when the bus hit a Ford Mustang car. This sent the bus out of control and into the brick walls and the house. There were three minor injuries on the bus, and unconfirmed injuries in the Mustang. The bus was not taken off the property until the next morning, because officials were concerned that the bus might have made the house structurally unsafe. Support columns were placed in the house and the bus was removed.
These Las Vegas buses are more accessible than taxis, which can’t pick passengers up off the street. The RTC Transit has 51 routes and if you’ll be spending most of your time on the Strip you’ll want to take the Deuce. The Las Vegas Deuce is a San Francisco-style double-decker bus that is dedicated to the Strip. It accommodates up to 97 people, it’s air-conditioned, spacious and begins the trip at the south end from a terminal close to the McCarran International Airport and ends at a terminal close to Fremont Street. You can also take any of the other 50 buses to see more of Las Vegas.
On the evening of January 9th, 2016, a 202 bus heading west hit a bus stop’s sign, near Boulder Highway and Flamingo Road, the bus was pulling in, and hit the bus stop sign off of the shelter, flinging it on the road, nobody was injured. However, on the same day, around 5 AM in the morning. A 201B heading east, was pulling up to the curb on Tropicana and Dean Martin Drive. The bus took out the shelter, and doing that, a woman was knocked down and hit by the bus, killing her. (Credit to KTNV 13 for the second story)
On the afternoon of March 9, 2004 Lorraine Macdonald was cycling towards the Fashion Show Mall alongside a CAT Bus. The bus driver failed to look in her rear view mirror and side-swiped Lorraine Macdonald twice, which did not kill her but left her wheelchair-bound with on-going injuries. March 2007, Miss Macdonald took the bus company to court and won the case, however the bus company appealed and the verdict was reversed in the Nevada Supreme Court and another trial ordered. In March 2010, Miss Macdonald went back to court and won the case again which the bus company has again appealed & won.
On the morning of September 13, 2012, a man in a 2001 Chevy Monte Carlo, crashed into the bus stop at Spring Mountain and Dectaur, killing four, and injuring 8. The impact tore some of the victims to pieces, and hurled some dozens of yards from the point of impact. According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Laura Meltzer, it was difficult to determine their identities, but Metro believe all were waiting for the bus. They were identified Thursday night only as three women, ages 65, 49 and 47, plus a 24-year-old man, all of Metropolitan Las Vegas. The man was arrested on suspicion of DUI and was listed in critical condition.
The Las Vegas Strip is over 4 miles long from one end to the other, walking the strip will take considerable time. If you decide to try walking here are a few tips: 1. At night stay on the Strip and do not walk alone if you can avoid it. Las Vegas is, generally speaking, a safe city but like any other is not excluded from crime. 2. Wear comfortable, good fitting shoes. 3. Summer months are very hot, during daytime walks take bottled water with you and stop often at the casinos to get a fresh bottle. 4. Obey walk signals at traffic lights, many tourists are hit by cars every week driven by other tourists that are looking at the sights. 5. When walking on the Las Vegas Strip you will be handed pamplets and magazines with pictures or ads for sex that may be objectionable to you. Do not hold out your hand to take them, the people that are giving them away will not bother or harass you in any way if you ignore them.
Walking and Your Safety The Las Vegas Strip is over 4 miles long from one end to the other, walking the strip will take considerable time. If you decide to try walking here are a few tips: 1. At night stay on the Strip and do not walk alone if you can avoid it. Las Vegas is, generally speaking, a safe city but like any other is not excluded from crime. 2. Wear comfortable, good fitting shoes. 3. Summer months are very hot, during daytime walks take bottled water with you and stop often at the casinos to get a fresh bottle. 4. Obey walk signals at traffic lights, many tourists are hit by cars every week driven by other tourists that are looking at the sights. 5. When walking on the Las Vegas Strip you will be handed pamplets and magazines with pictures or ads for sex that may be objectionable to you. Do not hold out your hand to take them, the people that are giving them away will not bother or harass you in any way if you ignore them.
The day following a deadly crash at a CAT bus stop, another incident occurred with a naked man stealing a bus. At around 07:30 hours, Charles Sell was near Washington Ave. and Lamb Blvd, when Metro police reported that, while naked, he stole beers from a 7-11, and then proceeded to steal CAT paratransit vehicle 1792. He punched the door glass, boarded, and took control while the bus driver jumped off for safety. A few hundred metres away, he jumped off while the bus continued in motion. A Metro officer boarded and stopped the vehicle where the suspect Charles Sell was arrested by Metro that landed him for booking into the Clark County Detention Centre on charges of Grand Larceny Auto and Robbery.
The privately owned Las Vegas Transit System, Inc. (“LVT”) provided bus service on the streets of Las Vegas for more than 40 years. LVT service mainly consisted of loop routes that made many turns throughout the city, sometimes doubling back on its own routes and making several “subloops” within a loop. At one point, LVT was named America’s worst transit system. Under pressure by the county and state, and by order of the state court, the company was ordered to cease operations and relinquish all its equipment, land, and property to the Regional Transportation Commission of Clark County.
Following the accident, the coach was retained at the RTC Tompkins yard, covered by a giant tarp to preserve it for inspection during the ongoing investigation and litigation. Upon closure of the RTC Tompkins facility, the bus was taken from the facility and moved to an off-site storage location. In 2011, with the investigation over, the bus was moved to the RTC Simmons facility where the bus was finally dismantled for any usable parts & eventually scrapped.
On the afternoon of January 28, 2013, a woman, driving a 2004 Ford Taurus, crashed into a double decker bus at Charleston and Rainbow, killing herself and injuring 5 people who were on the bus. The people of the bus only suffered minor injuries.
Later in 2005, the RTC received its shipment of 50 double deck vehicles, with yet another new livery. This one consisted of an all gold base, with a blue trim around the bottom, and the transit logo between both decks, under the windshield, and under the engine door. Originally to only be used as the livery for the double deckers, the RTC decided it was time to change the livery again, and adopted the livery in 2006. For non-double deck vehicles, the CAT logo remained above the windows, but the RTC logo was added to the position where the CAT logo was in 1992. To date, only 2 vehicles that were already part of the fleet have been repainted in this livery variant (buses 571 and 725). The New Flyer 900 series vehicles were the last vehicles with this livery. In 2008, the RTC made a variant of the livery which had the CAT logo removed and replaced by a special RTC logo only used on these buses. Coach 702 has been repainted with this livery variant. In 2009, RTC commissioned another variant of the livery by replacing the special RTC logo with an “RTC Transit” logo on the sides and front of the coach. “Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada” was placed near the bottom of the coach. New “No Right Turn On Red” and “This Bus Stops At All Railroad Crossings” stickers were placed on the rear. The numbers were moved to the right of the front and rear of each coach, and “www.rtcsnv.com” is placed on the rear either on the destination sign just under the screen or on one of the engine doors.
In 2001, the second livery came in three variants, with the second one being the primary livery. The RTC decided to abandon their teal and magenta, and adopted blue stripes with a cat running on a white base, white around the windows, and moved the CAT logo to just above the first window on either side, under the windshield, and on the engine door (with the exception of the Neoplans which had the logo placed above the rear header). Prior to the arrival of the 2001 New Flyer CNGs and Neoplans, the RTC began repainting the fleet with the blue stripe livery. Once they arrived, the RTC approved a variant to the livery and instead of having just blue stripes, it became blue and gold alternating stripes with the logos in the same positions. The RTC then started repainting coaches with this new variant, leaving the already painted coaches with the 1st variant. This livery was used from 2001 to 2005 on the fixed-route fleet. It is the current livery for the RTC paratransit fleet, using the 2nd variant. Since 2008, a 3rd variant has been used by removing the running cat, having the stripes extend around the vehicle, and replacing the CAT logo with the RTC logo.