Airport, bus and ride-hail open, monorail closed during stop
While much of Nevada came to a screeching halt on Wednesday after Governor Steve Sisolak recommended the closure of nonessential businesses, most transportation services are still operational.
Transport is considered an essential activity and all forms could remain open if they wish. But knowing exactly what is and isn’t in service in the Las Vegas Valley during the shutdown can be confusing.
Here are the modes of transportation that are still operating amid the quasi-state shutdown.
McCarran International Airport
Despite calls flooding McCarran following Sisolak’s announcement Tuesday night, yes, the skies are open.
Although many airlines, such as Allegiant Air, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines, are reducing their routes, the airport is still open for passenger and cargo operations.
Passengers can expect light crowds as volume has dropped, leading some airport vendors to limit hours – and others may follow.
“Dining venues are adjusting schedules based on changes in demand that occur as airlines alter flight schedules,” airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said.
Some sellers began limiting hours last week as travel around the world slowed due to coronavirus concerns and travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump.
McCarran suggests all travelers check their airline’s website for information on flight status, cancellations and accommodations.
Most Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission buses will still be in service during the shutdown.
On Wednesday afternoon, the RTC announced that it would be “pausing service” on its Strip & Downtown Express route. The agency will wait to see if any adjustments need to be made to residential routes.
Passengers can expect the possibility of reduced service frequency.
“We will continue to monitor and adjust service, especially with recent property closures on the Las Vegas Strip,” RTC spokeswoman Angela Castro said. “Given recent closure announcements, RTC has already and may experience further reduction in service.”
Taxis and drivers
Lyft, Uber and taxis will all operate during the shutdown.
“Commercial transportation falls under the category of essential services and is permitted to continue providing service to the public,” said Teri Williams, spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Commerce and Industry, which oversees taxicabs.
Uber and Lyft on Tuesday suspended their ride-sharing options, seeking to curb the possible spread of COVID-19.
“Our goal is to help flatten the curve of community spread in the cities we serve. With that in mind, we are suspending Uber Pool service in the United States, Canada, London and Paris,” said Andrew Macdonald, senior vice president of global rides and platform at Uber, in a statement, “We remain in close contact with local leaders and will continue to work with them to discourage non-essential travel.”
With all resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and the Las Vegas Convention Center closed for the 30-day shutdown, the Las Vegas Monorail is suspending operations during this time.
“The health and safety of our visitors, other community members and employees is of the utmost importance during this unprecedented time,” said Ingrid Reisman, vice president and chief marketing officer of Las Vegas Monorail Company. “We are confident that our Las Vegas community will get through this together and we look forward to welcoming our riders back when the time is right.”