INSIDE/OUT ISSUE 66
Southern Nevada’s Mobility Training Center—A Ride to Safe, Efficient Travel on the Transit System This $6.7 million project was recently awarded the 2017 Project of the Year – Structures $5 million to $10 million from the American Public Works Association, Nevada Chapter.
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, are important. For individuals with mobility devices —such as wheelchairs—learning to board and deboard a bus is essential. These transit mobility skills and many others are offered at the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada’s (RTC) Mobility Training Center (MTC). As a consultant on the project, Louis Berger (including affiliate BergerABAM) provided site civil and structural design services for the 14,700-square-foot facility located next to the RTC’s Sunset Maintenance Facility at Sunset Road and Hauck Street in Southwest Las Vegas. The single-story building contains a real-life city scenario to help residents learn the ropes of the transportation system and how to use the RTC’s fixed-route transit services safely and efficiently. Residents can learn 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. www.abam.com
To simulate real-life roadway intersection conditions, the MTC includes an intersection designed with actual roadway geometrical conditions, including Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-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. State-of-the-art classrooms for group mobility training and an assessment center are also available in the MTC. Additionally, the RTC’s ADA paratransit eligibility program for seniors and the disabled is headquartered at the MTC. This program determines if an applicant is eligible for the federally mandated paratransit service by evaluating whether or not an applicant possesses the functional ability to access and navigate the RTC’s fixed-route transit service. Featured at the MTC is Angela’s House, part of Blindconnect, a service resource for the visually impaired. (continued on page 2)
To update your contact information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org EDITORS/CONTRIBUTORS Nora Bretaña, Karen Harbaugh, Lauren Hurst, Jana Roy, Diann Scherer, Renée Stiehl, and Dee Young DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Ailoan Che, Renée Stiehl, and Jana Roy
Published on Jul 3, 2017
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