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RTC Commissioners,

Below, you will find your March 2016 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


A rendering shows decorative walls with a Pyramid Lake themed design selected by the community.

Click on the photo to view video.

The Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard intersection is a high-crash location traversed by 60,000 vehicles daily. This project will enhance safety, improve traffic flow, reduce air pollution, and provide bicycle and pedestrian connections. With demolition of homes completed ahead of schedule and under budget, work on the intersection will begin April 4.

Drivers should expect traffic controls and delays once the project is underway. Access to businesses and residences will be preserved throughout the project, which will be completed in spring 2018. Traffic controls will be changing throughout the project so everyone is encouraged to sign up for e-mail updates at: http://pyramidmccarran.com.

Additionally, the public is invited to an open house to learn more about the project and meet the project team. The open house will take place Wednesday, March 30, from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Wadsworth Masonic Lodge at 2425 Pyramid Way in Sparks. A brief presentation will take place at 5:30 pm.

This project will add a through lane to Pyramid Way in each direction, dedicated turning lanes on both Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard, a new paved multi-use trail, and decorative walls. The project will create a scenic gateway for the City of Sparks while creating a beautiful neighborhood that will be an asset to the community for years to come and support economic prosperity.

The RTC is also helping businesses during construction by working to secure discounted ad rates, promoting businesses on the project website, holding monthly meetings at businesses near the project site, developing cards and handouts, and encouraging construction crews to dine and shop at neighborhood businesses. The RTC is also giving away $25 gift cards weekly during construction to randomly selected individuals who sign up for updates at: www.pyramidmccarran.com.

A groundbreaking event is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, near the intersection of Pyramid Way and Gault Way. Due to road closures, access is available from 4th Street to Gault Way. The event will take place at 11 am.


Members of the business community discuss ideas for future transportation needs at the 2040 RTP Economic Development Forum.

The RTC has been engaging members of the community to develop the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The RTP details long range transportation plans for the area and involves extensive input from members of the community. Several forums took place during February and March, including the Youth Forum, Economic Development Forum and Regional Rail and Bus Transit Forum. The Freight Forum will take place at The Innevation Center at 450 Sinclair Street on March 31 from 10 am to noon. The Seniors and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Forum will take place at the Washoe County Senior Center from 9 to 11 am on April 14 and the Veterans Forum on April 19 at The Innevation Center from 4 – 6 pm. For a full schedule of forums, and to RSVP, click here. To learn more about the 2040 RTP Update and to view presentations given at the forums visit the Hot Topics page on the RTC website.


The RTC VANPOOL program continues expansion, reducing congestion and creating cleaner air. It’s estimated that 600 people are now using the program to travel the area. 86 vanpools are now on the road, including 12 serving the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in Storey County. Vanpools are a great option for people with a similar destination to save money and reduce stress. Participants split the cost of a lease and gas and the RTC subsidizes the trips $400 a month for most vanpools. The vanpools are also now more visible with new RTC branding installed.

The RTC VANPOOL program is federally funded through the Surface Transportation Program (STP) and Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program. For a free customized quote on how much money you could save by vanpooling, and to learn more about the program, go to http://www.rtcvanpool.com.


A frequent location for crashes and congestion, the RTC has partnered with the Nevada Department of Transportation to study safety and mobility improvements at the Spaghetti Bowl. On April 28, the public will have the opportunity to share ideas and comments at a charrette. The goal is to identify short-term improvements while moving toward a longer-term fix for this congested interchange. The charrette will be from 9 am to 4pm at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Details for the charrette will be available in early April at rtcwashoe.com under Hot Topics and nevadadot.com under Northern Nevada Traffic Study.


Students at Alice L. Smith Elementary School participate in Nevada Moves Day activities.

The Washoe County School District currently has 16 schools registered with www.healthiergeneration.org to do their part in getting our schools teaching healthy habits. 12 of those elementary schools (Pleasant Valley, Towles, Mount Rose, Incline, Roger Corbett, Jesse Hall, Diedrichsen, Jerry Whitehead, and Lena Juniper) held organized events to celebrate Nevada Moves.

This yearly event is designed to encourage students, staff, and families to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle and to promote more physical activity throughout every day. This year was the Seventh Annual Nevada Moves and activities were ongoing throughout the whole week. The RTC and other community organizations such as Washoe County Air Quality Management support Safe Routes to School in its efforts to create a healthier lifestyle-change and encourage multimodal transportation for students biking and walking to and from school. Alice Smith and Towles organized walk and bike events to school with their families. Four of the schools hosted Safety Assemblies; Safe Routes to School Coordinator, MJ Cloud along with George Dare, a local performing artist, entertained the students with music lessons about safe walking and biking.

Some of the other schools celebrated by organizing activities such as Zumba, Relay Races, Jump Rope, Cha Cha Dance, and a Ninja Obstacle Course.


The 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Safe RIDE experienced significant growth this year! Free rides were offered on the holiday from 4 pm to midnight, resulting in an impressive 8 percent increase in ridership with 8,520 rides taken.

The program would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. This year, we welcomed six new partners: CH2M, HDR, NCE, Traffic Works, Kimley-Horn, and The DJ Benardis Memorial Fund who joined our veteran partners, the Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, KOLO 8 and Cumulus Radio Group. Our thanks to our partners and to the community for a successful and non-injury holiday keeping our roads safe for everyone. We also thank the many business throughout the Truckee Meadows and NDOT who helped to promote the FREE Safe RIDE program to their patrons and the community.


A new bike “fixtation” has been installed for the public to use at RTC 4TH STREET STATION. The fixtation allows bicyclists to inflate tires and make repairs. The fixtation features tools on retractable cords and a design that’s compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This is the first fixtation at a RTC transit center, and due to its popularity the RTC plans to install several more in the future.

Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Improvement Open House
2040 RTP Freight Forum
RTC Technical Advisory Committee
RTC Citizens Multimodal Advisory Committee
Pyramid/McCarran Groundbreaking Event
2040 RTP Seniors and ADA Forum
RTC Board Workshop
2040 RTP Veterans Forum
Spaghetti Bowl Charrette
2040 RTP Millennial Forum


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