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RTC Commissioners,

Below, you will find your September 2015 RTC Board Update e-News. This electronic newsletter will be distributed monthly following your Board meeting. Please contact Michael Moreno or me with any questions you may have. Michael can be reached at (775) 335-1869 or email at mmoreno@rtcwashoe.com.

Lee G. Gibson, AICP, Executive Director
Ph: (775) 348-0400 Fax: (775) 324-3503
E-mail: lgibson@rtcwashoe.com


Complete Streets Benefits Graph

The RTC, in partnership with local agencies and community stakeholders, has begun development of the region’s Complete Streets Master Plan (CSMP). The plan will establish the RTC’s long range strategy for complete street treatments in the Reno/Sparks metropolitan area. The plan will address safety, traffic flow and connections for all modes of travel.

Complete Streets have been shown to reduce crashes and the severity of crashes in the region.  Complete Streets enhance mobility and safety for all modes of transportation including: transit, auto, walking, and biking.  The RTC has implemented Complete Street projects throughout the Truckee Meadows at California Avenue, Mayberry Drive, Arlington Avenue, Victorian Avenue, Sutro Street, Nichols Boulevard, Moana Lane, Plumas, and Keystone Avenue. The public will have many opportunities to share ideas and make comments where Complete Streets should be installed. 

The first community workshop was held on Sept. 29 in Sparks. The next community workshop is scheduled for Oct. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m., at The Discovery Museum in Reno.  Attendees will be encouraged to provide input on where Complete Streets should be installed using maps of the region divided into four quadrants. Attendees will also share feedback on the Reno/Sparks Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, which is being updated in conjunction with the CSMP. Click here for information about Complete Streets.


Crew at McCarran Boulevard

RTC Project Manager Brenda Lee (second from right) conducted a tour with UNR and TMCC engineering students.

The project to widen SE McCarran Boulevard from Mira Loma Drive to Greg Street is projected to be substantially complete in late October – about a month ahead of schedule!  Crews finished mainline paving, installing a pedestrian bridge over the Truckee River, and have installed nearly all neighborhood sound walls. In the next month, a multi-use path will be paved that will connect to the pedestrian bridge and the existing Truckee River Trail. The multi-use path will provide spaces for pedestrians and bicyclists, enhancing their safety.  The path will also be accessible to everyone under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Phase Two construction began November 2014. 

This $31 million dollar investment in the community enhances the neighborhood and is highly supportive of multi-modal activities and growth in the region.  This is the second phase of the project.  Phase One, which was completed in 2012, widened McCarran from Mira Loma Drive to Longley Lane from four to six lanes.

On behalf of the RTC Board of Commissioners and staff, we very much appreciate the community’s support and patience during construction.


Awards from APA

The Nevada Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) awarded the RTC’s 4th Street/Prater Way Corridor Plan two DeBoer Awards at its fall conference at the University of Nevada, Reno.  The plan received the 2015 Outstanding Plan and 2015 Outstanding Environmental or Cultural Plan.  This plan is the basis for the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project now under development.

The project includes acquiring four new electric buses and adding bus stations that will include artistic features and historical information about the corridor.  Additionally, bike lanes will be installed and wider sidewalks to enhance pedestrian activity and improve ADA access.  The project will better link Downtown Reno and Downtown Sparks, connecting people to educational opportunities and more than 45,000 jobs in the 4th Street/Prater Way and Virginia Street corridors.  To learn more about the project visit www.4thPrater.com and Like on Facebook. 

RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson also received recognition from the APA. He is the recipient of the 2015 President’s Award for his leadership and contributions to the Nevada planning community.


Bike Lane on Keystone
New sidewalks, bike lanes and a pedestrian beacon were recently installed on Keystone Avenue

The RTC is continuing to invest in infrastructure that gives people transportation options.  The RTC’s bike connectivity plan has added 160.5 miles of bike lanes in the community since 2004.  The most recent bike lanes were added to Keystone Avenue from University Terrace to Coleman Drive.  Green markings were also applied to the pavement to better signify the presence of cyclists.  This is the second location in the region to have such markings. A cycle track was also installed on Victorian Avenue in Sparks – the only cycle track in Nevada.

Bike lanes are an important element for regional road improvements.  Bike facilities are scheduled for construction in the 4th Street/Prater Way, Evans Avenue and SE McCarran corridors. Bike lanes are added through other road improvements whenever possible. The RTC is currently in the process of updating the Reno/Sparks Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan, in conjunction with the Complete Streets Master Plan which will also help identify locations for future bike amenities. 


The RTC,  Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority and NDOT are committed to ensuring disadvantaged businesses, and businesses owned by women or minorities have equal ability to participate in public projects.  The RTC has a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program and is  conducting a disparity study with Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, McCarran International Airport and Nevada Department of Transportation. The study will measure the availability of minority and women-owned businesses for public contracts.   As part of the study, members of the public are encouraged to provide testimony at a public hearing on Oct. 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at RTC’s location under the I-580 freeway.  The building is located at 2050 Villanova Drive.  This is also an opportunity for members of the public to learn more about study and ask questions.


Taheo Bus at Museum

The Nevada Museum of Art has organized the first major art historical survey exhibition of one of America’s most beloved landscapes. TAHOE: A Visual History spans over two centuries of cultural and creative production related to one of the largest freshwater alpine lakes in the United States and features more than 400 artworks by 175 painters, photographers, architects, basket weavers, and sculptors. The exhibit is being promoted on a RTC RAPID bus to support the region’s tourism and economic vitality. One of the RTC's guiding principles is also to support and encourage economic development. The exhibit runs through January 10, 2016. 


Neoma Jardon with Pink Bus
RTC Chair Neoma Jardon, a breast cancer survivor celebrates the Pink Bus at a media event on Sept. 24.
Pink Bus on Virginia
The Pink Bus will serve Virginia Street, which is the busiest route in the RTC system.

Early detection is vital in treating many types of cancer. However, for women who have dense breast tissue, mammograms might not identify cancer when it is present and additional exams may be needed. Each One. Tell One. is a local non-profit who has partnered with the RTC and bus ad sponsor Renown Health to raise awareness of dense breast tissue. Among the RTC's guiding princples is creating safe and healthy communities, and this initiative is supportive of that ideal. The bright pink bus, operating on the RTC RAPID route on the Virginia Street corridor, will serve as a reminder to get screened regularly. The bus made its debut under the downtown Reno Arch with RTC Board Chair Neoma Jardon, who recently completed treatment for breast cancer, and other cancer survivors. With 17,000 to 23,800 average daily vehicle trips on Virginia Street (RTC RAPID route) and 7,000 daily passenger trips on the RAPID, the pink bus will have great visibility.



The Executive and Human Resources offices and the Public Transportation/Operations department have moved to 1105 Terminal Way, Reno 89502 from their former location at 2050 Villanova Drive (under the I-580 freeway).

All RTC offices are now under one roof, including Metropolitan Planning, Finance, Administrative Services and Engineering & Construction. The Terminal Way building is adjacent to the United Blood Services on the north side.  Phone numbers for all RTC staff remain the same.

The Villanova Drive facility will be exclusively dedicated to bus maintenance and we anticipate beginning renovations in the coming months. Renovation of the Villanova building is federally funded and will enable us to better maintain our fleet of buses. The current facility has reached its capacity, is out of date, and many of our newer buses are too tall or too long to fit in bus bays.   

upcoming events

October 13 Complete Streets Master Plan Community Workshop
October 16 RTC Board Meeting
October 17 RenOpen Streets
October 21 Disparity Study Public Meeting
November 4 Technical Advisory Committee
November 4 Citizens Muti-Modal Advisory Committee


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