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RTC Commissioners,

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Below, you will find your December 2014 RTC Board Update e-News. This electronic newsletter will be distributed monthly the week 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


Travel FREE on New Year's Eve 6 p.m. - 2 p.m.
For three decades now, the RTC has been helping people celebrate responsibly on New Year’s Eve. The RTC New Year’s Eve FREE Safe RIDE program gives the community a reliable and safe way to ring in 2015. All RTC transit services will be free from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. As part of the effort to encourage community participation, the RTC has recorded thirty video testimonials that are being posted on our social media pages throughout the month of December. Go to http://www.rtcwashoe.com and look for the social media logos in the upper right corner or click on Hot Topics. We encourage everyone to like and share on their social media pages to let others know about this safe transportation option on New Year’s Eve.

The event is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: Renown Health, the Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, KOLO 8, Wood Rodgers, Inc., Club Cal Neva, REMSA, Morrey Distributing, Reno Fire Fighters Local 731, RSCVA, and Reno News & Review.


Retiring Commissioners Weber and Humke standing in front of the current RTC Board

The RTC Board of Commissioners and staff gave recognition to retiring commissioners, Chair Bonnie Weber and Commissioner Dave Humke. Commissioner Humke has served on the RTC Board since 2003, and as its chair during 2007 and 2008. Chair Weber began her tenure in 2012, and has served as chair since 2013.

Both commissioners have served this board and the constituents of Washoe County with distinction. During their tenure, a number of projects were delivered including but not limited to the Neil Road/Kietzke Lane Roundabout, Eagle Canyon/La Posada Roundabout, rebranding of RTC transit services, the Moana Lane Widening Project, implementation of RTC-5 and acquisition of the first all-electric buses in the state of Nevada for public transportation.

On behalf of the citizens of Washoe County, I sincerely appreciate the vision, service and commitment Chair Weber and Commissioner Humke have given to our community.


RTC Commissioner Neoma Jardon drops off some donations at the Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors event on November 25 at the Reno Aces Ballpark.
RTC Commissioner Neoma Jardon drops off some donations at the Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors event on November 25 at the Reno Aces Ballpark.
The community came together to help seniors with needed donations at Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors at the Reno Aces Ballpark. A RTC electric bus was filled with items such as: gloves, socks, hygiene supplies, and coats. The event was made possible through a partnership with the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Reno Aces Ball Club, and Washoe County to benefit seniors in the community. The Washoe County Senior Center is making sure the donations reach seniors who are in need.

This is the second recent Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors event. The previous event was held in late May, which is Older Americans Month, and the drives are part of the RTC’s ongoing commitment to our community.


Donations are unloaded from a RTC bus during the Dec. 12th televised Share Your Christmas event on KTVN channel 2.
Donations are unloaded from a RTC bus during the Dec. 12th televised Share Your Christmas event on KTVN channel 2.
The RTC partnered with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada to help those in need this holiday season. Approximately three tons of food was collected during the Food for Fare drive. Instead of paying a fare, transit customers donated non-perishable, non-expired food items on Dec. 11 and 12. The need for food is critical, with the food bank serving more than 101,000 people every month. It’s also estimated that one in four kids in Nevada do not know where their next meal is coming from. To learn about ways you can help, go to http://fbnn.org.


Front cover of new Bus Book
The updated RTC Bus Book will go on sale on January 4. The bus book includes updates to routes 7, 9 and 12. Slight alterations were also recently made to routes 3, 13 and 25. The books will be available in the pass vending machines at RTC 4TH STREET STATION and RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA. In addition to hard copies for sale, the information will go live on http://rtcwashoe.com beginning January 4. This will include maps of routes, bus stops, destinations, and transit centers.


On Christmas, December 25, RTC RIDE will be on a Sunday schedule. This will also be the case on January 1. RTC INTERCITY will not operate on these holidays, and administrative offices and Passenger Services will be closed. The RTC SIERRA SPIRIT will continue to operate on its normal schedule.

The RTC Board of Commissioners and staff members wish everyone a happy holiday and new year, and thank the community for its participation this year in helping to deliver quality transportation systems for the region.

Upcoming Meetings/Events

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January 15
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