According to the Regional Transportation Commission less people are taking the RTC city buses in the resort corridor with the number of passengers dropping consistently over the last three years. The ridership revenues for the resort corridor have dropped 18 percent from October2015 until December 2018 according the experts. Yes passengers is good if you are a rider and maybe mean its more likely you will snag a front upstairs seat on the Deuce double deckers but less revenue could mean cuts to local routes at some point.
The wider use of ride sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft could explain some of this especially since resort properties have set aside spaces for pick up and drop off of customers but there is also a wider drop of bus ridership across the country. In my local county in Southern California the bus company has eliminated lots of routes or cut back service heavily on the non busiest routes which could happen in Las Vegas but tourists most likely won’t notice as the lesser traveled routes would be mostly used by locals
If you are heading over to the Thomas & Mack Center from downtown to see the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo you might want to take advantage of the free shuttle offered by the Plaza. The Plaza’s free shuttle runs nightly during the event from 5 pm to 7 pm from the Plaza with returning shuttles between 9 to 10:30pm.
If you want to get from Downtown on Fremont Street to the Strip or vice versa, you could take a cab which is quick but a little expensive; Another option would be the Deuce the double decker that stops frequently as it travels the Strip another option would Strip and Downtown Express the tram like bus which has fewer stops but still travels the busy Strip. The option I use if I want to get quickly from the MGM Grand area of the Strip to Downtown and Fremont Street quickly is the Westcliff Airport Express; The Westcliff Airport Express is yes an express bus that runs to the Mc Carren Airport but it also has a stop near Hooters and the Tropicana near the Strip across from the MGM. The buses run from about 5am to 10pm every 30 minutes and, has a few stops Downtown but after that it takes the freeway past the Strip before exiting at Tropicana so it makes it a quick trip without numerous stops and traffic on the Strip. If you are at the Downtown end and want to head to the MGM area of the Strip the bus stop the side of Binion’s is the easiest place to catch it.