National Finals Rodeo to swell traffic near center

Motorists who travel near the Thomas & Mack Center should expect heavier than normal traffic as the National Finals Rodeo starts today.

The rodeo is sold out each night, with about 17,500 attendees expected daily.

Rodeo attendees are being encouraged to take advantage of complimentary shuttle bus service provided by the promoter, Las Vegas Events, starting today through Dec. 13.

Michael Mack, spokesman for Las Vegas Events, said, "It is so important, if possible, that (attendees) use the complimentary shuttle bus service to help ease traffic congestion."

Attendees can catch the shuttle bus at Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Center, Excalibur, MGM Grand, Hooters Hotel, Imperial Palace, Treasure Island, The Mirage, Las Vegas Hilton, Circus-Circus, Sam’s Town, Gold Coast, The Orleans, Silverton Lodge, South Point, Las Vegas Club, Plaza, Fitzgeralds, Four Queens, Golden Nugget and Palace Station.

The buses will run from 5 to 6:45 p.m. before the rodeo and from 9 to 10:30 p.m. at the end of the rodeo on weekdays.

On weekends, the buses will run from 4 to 5:45 p.m. before the rodeo and from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the end of the rodeo.

Visit www.nfrexperience. com/home/transportation to learn more about the shuttle bus schedule.

Mack stressed the importance of car pooling for those driving to the rodeo and urged attendees to arrive early.

For those driving to the event, parking at the Thomas & Mack will cost $10 each day, he said.

Meanwhile, the Regional Transportation Commission will run normal service for Citizen Area Transit routes on Tropicana Avenue, Route 201; Paradise Road, Route 108; Flamingo Road, Route 202; and Maryland Parkway, Route 109.

Clark County technicians plan to adjust the timing of traffic signals between 3 p.m. and midnight during the rodeo to accommodate the traffic.


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