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RTC Commissioners,

Below, you will find your December 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


Poster showing free ride from 6 pm to 2 am

The RTC is committed to creating safe and healthy communities.  This is the 31st year the RTC will be providing free rides on regularly scheduled transit services on New Year’s Eve.  The RTC New Year’s Eve FREE Safe RIDE will begin on New Year’s Eve night starting at 6 p.m. and continues until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Keep in mind not all locations are served by transit, so it’s recommended everyone check route and schedule information by clicking here.

Our thanks to our event partners: Renown Health, the Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, KOLO 8, Wood Rodgers, Inc., Club Cal Neva, REMSA, Morrey Distributing, Reno Firefighters Local 731, the RSCVA, Reno News & Review, Washoe County Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Cumulus Media and the DJ Benardis Memorial Fund.


A group of riders shares ideas
Community members shared their ideas at a transit rider focus group on December 9 at RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA in Sparks.

Members of the public can continue to share ideas and comments as the RTC updates the Short Range Regional Transit Plan (SRTP).  Stakeholder and focus group meetings took place in December and riders and non-riders may continue to share their comments at two community open house events taking place on January 21st at RTC 4TH STREET STATION.  The first open house will be from 9 am to 11 am and the second open house will be from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Public involvement is central in this plan, which helps determine what transit services will be provided in the community during the next five years.  The plan involves all RTC transit services including: RIDE, RAPID, INTERCITY, ACCESS, vanpools and carpools.  Everyone’s comments are welcome even if they don’t typically ride transit. A vibrant transit system supports a growing economy, reduces congestion and benefits everyone.

For more information, and to share comments, go to: http://www.RTCtransitplan.com.


The Board sits at the Washoe County Commission Chambers

Beginning in December, the RTC Board will hold meetings at the Washoe County Commission Chambers, located at 1001 E. 9th Street in Reno.  The former boardroom at 2050 Villanova Drive (under the I-580 freeway) is being renovated to become a bus maintenance facility.  All RTC Board meetings are held the third Friday of every month at 9 am. Board agendas and staff reports can be accessed on the RTC's website. The RTC recently moved all offices from the Villanova Drive facility to 1105 Terminal Way.

The Villanova facility will be exclusively devoted to bus repairs and maintenance once renovations are complete.  The facility, constructed in 1983, is not modernized and cannot accommodate the latest bus models.  For example, many new electric buses have batteries on top, and lack the needed vertical clearance to enter garage door openings.  There is also not enough room to accommodate all the buses in the fleet of more than seventy.  This is an approximately $12 million project, scheduled for completion in late 2016.


A barrel is unloaded from a bus during the event
A barrel of donated food is unloaded from a RTC bus during a live broadcast on KTVN channel 2.

Through the generosity of our riders, the RTC collected 5,600 pounds, or 2.8 tons of food for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, benefiting our community during the holiday season.  Additionally, there was an increase of nearly 1,500 rides during the two day event which is an 8.25% ridership increase.  Food for Fare allows transit riders to pay their fare with a non-perishable food donation.  This is one of the largest food drives of the year for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and is featured on local television during the KTVN channel 2 Share Your Christmas event.  This is the 23rd year for Food for Fare, helping the Food Bank of Northern Nevada serve 103,000 annually.


This month President Obama signed a five-year-surface transportation authorization bill into law.  The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is the first five year surface transportation authorization bill since MAP-21 in 2012.  Congressional leaders have also released an Omnibus Appropriation funding all federal departments and agencies for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.   The bill provides $57.6 billion for the Transportation-Housing and Urban Development portion of the omnibus, $3.8 billion higher than Fiscal Year FY 2015 levels. The discretionary appropriations for the Department of Transportation (DOT) reach a level of $18.7 billion, or an increase of $847 million above FY 2015 enacted levels.  The bill appropriates a total of $11.8 billion for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), an increase of $870 million. A future eNews will further explain how the Act’s passage affects the RTC. 

A barrel is unloaded from a bus during the event
From all of us at the RTC, Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

upcoming events

Dec. 31 FREE New Year's Eve Safe RIDE
Jan. 6 RTC Technical Advisory Committee
Jan. 6 RTC Citizens Multimodal Advisory Committee
Jan. 15 RTC Board Meeting
Jan. 21 SRTP Open House
Feb. 4 North Valleys Regional Multimodal Transportation Study Community Workshop


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