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4 nonstop shuttles will offer rides to Golden Knights fans

Vegas Golden Knights fans who don’t want to deal with traffic jams at T-Mobile Arena can opt for a low-cost, nonstop ride aboard a bus service that launches service on Thursday, when the team plays an NHL preseason game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Buses bearing the Golden Knights Express route name will offer rides from four pickup locations in the Las Vegas Valley for $2 per ride, according to officials with the team and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

Free parking will be available at each of the pickup locations: the J.W. Marriott Las Vegas in Summerlin; P.T.’s Ranch in Henderson; Born and Raised sports bar in the southwest valley; and the Centennial Hills Transit Center in the northwest valley. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Each route will make three trips at varying times before the game to the arena, team officials said. Headed back, each route will depart 20, 30 and 40 minutes after the game. If the final trip of any route reaches full capacity, another bus will be dispatched within 30 minutes.

Bus passengers will be dropped off at the northwest corner of the Excalibur parking garage, adjacent to a designated ride-share stop for game days. From there, hockey fans will be able to take a 10-minute walk along Frank Sinatra Drive to access the arena.

The RTC will cover the $156,000 operational cost to run the special bus routes during the NHL season, commission spokesman Brad Seidel said. In turn, the Golden Knights will provide $156,000 worth of advertising and marketing to promote RTC transit services through various digital display boards, media campaigns, ticket giveaways and the team’s website.

“We are committed to ensuring an enjoyable game day experience for our fans,” Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz said in a statement. “The routes offered through the Golden Knights Express will provide our fans with additional options for arriving to and departing our home games in a convenient manner.”

Contact Art Marroquin at amarroquin@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0336. Follow @AMarroquin_LV on Twitter.

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