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The Deuce is also the nickname for Ann Arbor, Michiganmarker. For other meanings, see Deuce.

The Deuce is the name of the double-decker bus line serving Las Vegas operated by RTC Transit. These buses went into service on October 27, 2005. Originally The Deuce meant three things: (1) the bus was double decked, (2) the price was $2 one way, and (3) the route was connected the two primary gaming areas: Las Vegas Stripmarker and Downtown Las Vegas. Currently the double decker buses also serve other local routes, and the price is no longer $2. However, the name The Deuce on the Strip is used by RTC to emphasize that the route refers to just the tourist route.

As of January 11, 2009, the routes these double-decker buses serve are:

The Las Vegas Stripmarker (Route #301)
Decatur Boulevard (Route #103)
Boulder Highway (Route #107)
Maryland Parkway (Route #109B)
Eastern Avenue (Route #110)
Flamingo Road (Route #202)
Sahara Avenue (Route #204)
Las Vegas Convention Centermarker (Route #331). NOTE: This route only operates during major conventions.

The buses seat 27 people on the lower deck, 53 on the upper deck, and are 40 feet long. The fare for the Las Vegas Strip is currently $3 for a one way trip ($1.50 per trip for the disabled), or $7 for a 24-hour pass. A lower fare is available for outside of the strip, but a $1 surcharge is required for every ride on the strip.

In January of 2010 a new bus rapid transit line connecting the strip to downtown Las Vegas and Town Center and the car rental terminal will be operational. This new 11 mile service will be called The Ace and will be similar to the Metropolitan Area Express BRT Line which has been operating since June 30, 2004.

At this time The Deuce on the Strip will be limited from the current 9.3 miles to just the 5 miles of the strip from Mandalay Bay Casino to Palace Station on Sahara Avenue, being the first time in 45 years (including Las Vegas Transit System) that the main strip corridor route will undergo a major route change and be shortened.

RTC Transit is one of five transit agencies that operate double-decker buses in the United States for fixed-route services, the others being Unitrans of Davis, Californiamarker, Community Transit of Snohomish County, Washingtonmarker, Antelope Valley Transit Authority of Palmdale, Californiamarker and Lancaster, Californiamarker, and MUNI of San Francisco, Californiamarker. All of the five agencies reside on the west coast.

A Deuce bus on the Nellis route 115 loading a wheelchair
In 2006, the RTC announced that they purchased 40 more double-deckers that arrived in Spring 2007, and another 40 that arrived in 2008. These new vehicles replaced the original 50 that have been serving the strip. The original vehicles were reassigned to local routes (height permitting). These new Deuces are special in that they have 2 staircases, one in the current position, and a second one in the back. They are also be 2 feet longer than the present double deckers, and have earned the nickname "Superdeuce."

Since January 2008, 80 new double deckers have arrived with half of that order featuring the reconfigured 42 ft, 2 staircase bus. The 2 staircase buses are assigned exclusively to the strip, while all other double deckers are assigned to local routes. Although rare, some of the older vehicles will find their way onto the strip route for service on.

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Current RTC Transit Routes

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