RTC Launches Summer Heat Awareness Campaign

As Las Vegas begins to heat up with the official summer season just around the corner, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is once again collaborating with local partners to keep transit riders safe and cool during its annual Summer Heat campaign.

Southern Nevada is one of the fastest-warming metropolitan regions in the country, and with the arrival of summer, the RTC takes seriously its responsibility to help riders mitigate the dangers of seasonal heat. From June 6 through September 5, the RTC is teaming up with community partners to distribute free water, sunscreen, lip balm and other summer heat products. The RTC will also provide transit riders with safety tips all summer long from some of Southern Nevada’s leading health care organizations reminding riders how to beat the heat.

“As always, the safety of our riders is our top priority, and in the desert climate of Southern Nevada, that includes addressing heat safety,” RTC Deputy Chief Executive Officer Francis Julien said. “Our Summer Heat campaign has long been an important and critical initiative for the RTC, and we thank our generous partners who join us in equipping our community’s transit riders for the Las Vegas summer.”

The RTC reminds riders to take necessary precautions in triple-digit temperatures, especially older adults, children, and those with medical conditions. Tips to stay cool include:

  • Checking the local weather forecasts and plan activities accordingly.
  • Wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • If possible, planning activities earlier in the morning or later in the evening.
  • Limiting time outside by planning rides and purchasing passes through the free rideRTCapp, which allows riders to check bus arrival and departure times.
  • Drinking plenty of water at regular intervals — regardless of activity level.

For a full list of community partners, planned events and summer heat tips to help riders keep cool, visit rtcsnv.com/SummerHeat.

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