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Southern Nevada’s Mobility Training Center – A Ride to Safe, Efficient Travel on the Transit System

Desert hues were part of the MTC’s exterior design. Photo courtesy of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

Independently navigating the community via public transportation can be challenging, especially for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Understanding the overall transit system, such as schedules and various routes for successful travel, is essential. For individuals with mobility devices—such as wheelchairs—learning to board and deboard a bus is crucial for safe and sound transit without complications.

These transit mobility skills and many others are offered at the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada’s (RTC) Mobility Training Center (MTC). The single-story building contains a real-life city scenario to help visitors learn the ropes of the transportation system and how to use the RTC’s fixed-route transit services safely and efficiently. Visitors can learn how to board the buses safely and pay fares on two accessible full-sized buses situated on a fictitious exterior streetscape with a transit shelter and stop.

To simulate real-life roadway intersection conditions, the MTC includes an intersection designed with actual roadway geometrical conditions, including Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks, ramps, curb cutouts, paved roads, and traffic signals with pedestrian lighting and push buttons. A functional assessment course accommodates a variety of surfaces and terrain obstacles.

Featured at the MTC is Angela’s House, part of Blindconnect, a service resource for the visually impaired. As the only blindness skills training facility in Nevada, Angela’s House is a 1,200-square-foot, fully-equipped working home. Skills, such as activities of daily living, mobility, personal care, cooking, communication, using technology, and reading by braille, are taught at Angela’s House.

This BergerABAM-affiliated project was recently awarded the 2017 Project of the Year for structural projects within $5 million to $10 million from the American Public Works Association, Nevada Chapter.