LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — On Monday RTC and Uber announced a new partnership, the two transportation services are teaming up and aiming to make navigating the City of Las Vegas by bus easier.
“When you go into the uber app you enter your destination the same way you always have,” said David Reich, head of transit for Uber.
Except now you won’t just see the fares for ‘Uber Pool’ or ‘Uber X’ you’ll also see the fares and travel time for the RTC bus that goes to your destination.
“When you click into the transit option you can see they’re 3 best options for getting you to your destination. With all the information you need to feel confident including walking directions and the next few buses coming so if you miss yours you can get on the next one.” Reich explained.
Users will also be able to purchase bus tickets right from the Uber app and scan it when boarding even without internet access.
The RTC does have its own app with some of the exact same features and more than 50,000 users, but officials say most of those users are locals and that this partnership will cater more toward the millions of tourists who travel through the valley on a daily basis.
“We recognize tourists may not be interested in downloading another app during their stay, because many already have transportation apps downloaded to their phones,” said MJ Maynard, CEO of the RTC.
Some locals say using the RTC app isn’t always easy, and they’re also looking forward to the added benefits like real-time transit info, trip planning and end-to-end directions.
Purchasing bus tickets through the Uber app will cost the same amount as they do on RTC. Las Vegas is one of the first cities worldwide to have such a partnership, and the new services will start to roll out over the next few weeks.