Las Vegas Converts 100 Percent
Costs Drop 1/3
January 30, 1997
Fast growing Las Vegas has converted its entire transit system from private monopoly operation
to competitive tendering (competitive contracting)--- the first such complete conversion in a
major US urban area. Las Vegas operates 190 buses and carried 32 million unlinked trips in 1996.
Ridership has more than tripled since competitive tendering began, placing Las Vegas among the
top 25 US urban areas in transit ridership.
The 100 percent
conversion of the Las
Vegas transit system
was immediate. In the
first year of operation,
expenditures rose 135
percent, while service
levels were increased
by 243 percent.
Costs per vehicle hour
dropped 33.3 percent
Las Vegas has the lowest unit cost of the 50 US largest transit systems: 40 percent below average.(1)
1. Analysis of National Transit Database 1994.