Our Community. Our Future.
As the region’s metropolitan transit and transportation planning organization, the RTC strives to be at the forefront in making critical transportation improvements and infrastructure investments for the future of Southern Nevada. Accomplishing this feat requires partnerships with the entire community, including elected officials, business leaders, local governments and public and private organizations.
The RTC’s board of commissioners authorized RTC staff to officially form TRAC in fall 2015. The goal of the committee is to advise the RTC Board of Commissioners and staff on its many critical transportation initiatives. TRAC’s diverse array of stakeholders work together to help ensure that the community has the transportation infrastructure in place to accommodate current and future growth by improving mobility throughout the valley while enhancing accessibility, safety, sustainability and equity.
TRAC Phases: Community Outreach and Planning
As of 2022, TRAC has been segmented into five phases based on community needs over the past seven years. Below are the timeframes for each TRAC phase. Please click on the tile to be directed to that phase’s information.
Roadway Planning and Funding
When TRAC began meeting in January 2016, Southern Nevada had identified $6.2 billion worth of unfunded roadway projects, and TRAC was challenged with finding funding solutions to accommodate these unmet needs. TRAC delved into six months of in-depth study of Southern Nevada’s economic forecast, current and future transportation infrastructure priorities, and available funding options. At the conclusion of the committee’s review, TRAC made the following recommendations that were presented and adopted by the RTC board. Many of these recommendations have been completed or are ongoing.
Funding Challenges and Potential Solutions
In 2019, TRAC began its fourth phase by focusing on the transit system in Southern Nevada and the funding challenges impacting transit and its financial future. The impacts of ride-share options on transit and other factors had led to a funding gap, forcing the RTC to dip into its reserves in 2020, reevaluate its funding sources, and make significant adjustments to transit options for the community. Following five months of in-depth study of the Southern Nevada transit system, current and future transit demands, and near-term and long-term funding needs, TRAC supported RTC pursuing potential reallocation of existing funds to continue current transit operations and future transit options.
Although COVID-19 disrupted the flow of goals and objectives during 2020, the committee reconvened for Phase 5 in October 2020. During this meeting, the TRAC committee reviewed the effects of COVID-19 on transit as well as streets and highway funding, reviewed the Maryland Parkway project, and previewed the 2021 legislative agenda. There were no formal TRAC recommendations on legislative priorities.
TRAC completed its fifth phase in October 2022, which focused primarily on Southern Nevada’s transit system, including its operations and financial headwinds. More specifically, TRAC reviewed financial shortcomings of the transit system as expenditures are expected to exceed revenues on a go-forward basis. However, the RTC received roughly $300 million of federal stimulus as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related response, which has allowed the RTC to shore up financial shortfalls through the 2028 forecast time horizon. Importantly, in the event RTC does not identify an alternative funding solution, the organization will need to begin cutting costs, including potentially reducing transit service, as early as 2024.
Through the help of RTC staff and outside consultants, a list of potential funding alternatives was identified and evaluated in an effort to fill the funding gap for the RTC’s transit operations. However, due to the complexity of Nevada’s tax system, the economic climate and other considerations, no single funding alternative was easily identifiable. TRAC narrowed the list of potential funding alternatives that RTC should continue to evaluate as possible solutions to address funding challenges. Below is a list of the potential fees or taxation that were offered for consideration:
- Alternative Conveyance Fee (Uber, Lyft, Private Conveyance)
- Delivery Fee (Grocery, Food and Parcel Delivery)
- Increased Transit Fees (Residential and Resort Corridor)
- Sales Tax Increase
- Broadened Sales Tax Base (Services Tax)
- Vehicle Surcharge Fee (Registration Fees, Vehicle Type)
- Road Usage Fee
- Congestion Charge (Ride Share, Taxi, All Drivers)
In light of the upcoming 2023 legislative session, TRAC members recommended that RTC staff continue to have conversations and explore potential funding solutions.
Fuel Revenue Indexing
TRAC supported the extension of Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI) as the most viable funding option for roadway projects in Southern Nevada. With the passage of Question 5 in November 2016, FRI will continue through 2026, generating up to $3 billion and creating up to 25,000 jobs to fund and build critical roadway projects serving our community and economy. Through TRAC’s support of FRI and its recommendation for RTC staff to incorporate the top four transportation values into the RTC’s planning processes and prioritization of unfunded projects, high priority projects will be evaluated by the following values:
Southern Nevada Jurisdictions Support TRAC Recommendations
Following TRAC Phase I (Roadway Planning and Funding), committee members briefed local jurisdictions on the committee’s work and received support for their transportation recommendations from elected boards throughout Southern Nevada. Below is the schedule of completed presentations:
Resources You Can Use
|A high-level list of commonly used acronyms that are present throughout various documents and conversations within the government sector.
View RTC Acronym List
|A high-level overview of the Regional Transportation Commission and all of its current programs and initiatives.
View RTC 101
|A high-level overview of Transportation Resource Advisory Committee & Community Collaboration.
View TRAC 101
|A complete list of all Transportation Resource Advisory Committee & Community Members.
View Member List
|A complete list of all Transportation Resource Advisory Committee & Community Technical Advisors.
View Technical Advisor List
|An overview of the RTC’s current mobility services, programs and partnerships.
View Mobility Services Fact Sheet
|A list of definitions for transit funding and financial terms.
View Transit Funding and Financial Terms Fact Sheet
October 13, 2022 – View Meeting Presentation (PDF)
June 2, 2022 – View Meeting Presentation (PDF)
April 28, 2022 – View Meeting Presentation (PDF)
March 31, 2022 – View Meeting Presentation (PDF)
February 24, 2022 – View Meeting Presentation (PDF)
October 22, 2020 – View Meeting Presentation (PDF)
December 5, 2019 – View Meeting Presentation (PDF)
October 3, 2019 – View Meeting Presentation (PDF)
August 28, 2019 – View Meeting Presentation (PDF)
June 27, 2019 – View Meeting Presentation (PDF)
January 31, 2019 – View Meeting Presentation (PDF)