RIDE FREE ON NOVEMBER 4TH
The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is encouraging people to elect to take transit on Election Day. On Tuesday, November 4th, all RTC transit services will be free all day showing our appreciation to our customers. This also provides a great option for people to try public transportation and to use transit to get to the polls. Polling locations in Washoe County are in operation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Unlike during early voting, people must cast ballots at their designated polling locations on Election Day. Not all polling locations are served by transit. To search your polling location check your sample ballot, or go to http://www.nvsos.gov. To plan your trip visit our website and click on Schedules and Maps.
“We’re proud to be able to make sure everyone is able to try transit for free, and give voters options to reach the polling places,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.
To plan a trip, go to http://www.RTCwashoe.com and click on System Map.
NEVADA UNIFIED CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (NUCP)
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
Certification Review Meeting
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
TRUCKEE MEADOWS TOMORROW LUNCHEON
RTC is inviting members of the public to a luncheon featuring a discussion on transportation and the quality of life in the region. The luncheon will take place at RTC at 2050 Villanova Drive under the I-580 freeway on Wednesday, October 29th at 11:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. A presentation will begin at about noon. The event is being put on by Truckee Meadows Tomorrow, which is a non-profit organization, monitoring indicators of the quality of life in the area. Among these indicators are: health care, affordability, safety and transportation. The event is also sponsored by RTC.
The roundtable will feature a panel of speakers on the topic of how transportation impacts the area’s quality of life. The scheduled panelists are representatives of the Regional Transportation Commission, Nevada Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration.
All members of the public are invited to attend, however a $10 donation is requested to help Truckee Meadows Tomorrow continue its mission from those who are not already members.
To RSVP, and for more information, go to: http://truckeemeadowstomorrow.org
WASHOE COUNTY SENIOR RIDE PROGRAMS EXPANDED (effective November 1, 2014)
The program previously also required participants be at least 65. However, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County Board voted to lower the age requirement to 60. Under the former guidelines, a household needed to make less than $40-thousand a year. The new household income requirement is less than $45-thousand a year. Additionally, the Board voted to open the program to all Washoe County veterans regardless of age who meet the income requirement. It is estimated there are more than 34-thousand veterans in Washoe County with five percent living at or below poverty.
Those who are clients of the paratransit service RTC ACCESS, who meet the household income requirement, may buy taxi bucks regardless of their age.
Taxi bucks may be purchased at the Washoe County Senior Center, which is located at 1155 E. 9th Street in Reno. They may also be purchased by mail from RTC. Instructions for mail order are at: http://www.rtcwashoe.com/public-transportation-2-91.html.
SPARKS BOULEVARD CORRIDOR STUDY OPEN HOUSE
RTC is studying the Sparks Boulevard Corridor from Pyramid Way to Greg Street. This study examines how to improve safety and make the area accessible to everyone under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The study will also consider how to make the area more accommodating for all forms of transportation including: bikes, vehicles and on foot.
Members of the public shared their ideas, as well as interacted with RTC staff at an open house. The open house took place at Reed High School at 1350 Baring Boulevard on Thursday, October 2nd from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Comments may still be submitted to RTC Project Manager Debra Goodwin by emailing email@example.com or calling 335-1918
REGIONAL ROAD IMPACT FEE PROGRAM
The RTC Board approved the 5th Edition Regional Road Impact Fee General Administrative Manual and Capital Improvement Plan at their September 19th meeting. After approval by Reno, Sparks and Washoe County, the 5th Edition will be adopted and new fees implemented.
SUN VALLEY CORRIDOR STUDY
The Regional Transportation Commission is studying the Sun Valley Boulevard corridor, and members of the public provided their feedback at an open house event. It took place at the Sun Valley Community Center on Sept. 4th.
People also shared their comments and ideas at two previous public events. The first event was a design workshop on Monday, June 23rd, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hobey’s Casino in the upstairs banquet room. The second event, which was an open house, took place at the same location and time on Thursday, June 26th.
The study area is roughly Sun Valley Boulevard from Scottsdale Road in Reno to Highland Ranch Parkway, and includes properties within about a half mile of the corridor. The study’s purpose is to identify how to better accommodate all modes of travel – by vehicle, bike and on foot.
The design workshop was hands-on, giving people an opportunity to talk with their neighbors about potential improvements and solutions for the corridor. Based on the feedback, RTC-developed alternatives for the corridor were presented at the open house meeting later in the week. People provided comments on the alternatives, and selected their preferences. Additional comments were provided at an open house event in September.
For more information about the Sun Valley Corridor Study, to review the alternatives developed, provide comments and select your preferences, go to: http://sunvalleyblvd.com
Submit comments to RTC Project Manager Roger Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org
MOBILITY TRAVEL TRAINING
In partnership with the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living, free mobility travel training is offered throughout the year. Mobility travel training emphasizes safety and instills confidence to ride transit. During Senior Fest, seniors can practice using ramps and lifts for loading wheelchairs onto an RTC RIDE bus with a skilled instructor. Instructors will also explain how to read bus schedules, plan trips, and answer questions.
To make an appointment, call (775) 353-3599.
For more information on mobility travel training, go to:
Click here to view the Mobility Travel Training Brochure
RTC received public input on how to improve services for seniors and people with disabilities at two open house events. RTC is updating the Coordinated Human Services Public Transit Plan. This plan identifies the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities and older adults, provides strategies for meeting these needs and prioritizes transportation services for funding and implementation. Some new project ideas include:
The May 27th and August 7th open house events took place at the Washoe County Senior Center.
To view some of the information presented at the May 27th open house, click here.
To view some of the information presented at the August 7th open house, click here.