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 are invited to come share their ideas, as well as interact with RTC staff at an open house. The open house will take place at Reed High School at 1350 Baring Boulevard on Thursday, October 2nd from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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 email@example.com
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.
The Regional Transportation Commission hosted a public meeting on August 21st at Peavine Elementary School for ongoing community input for the Keystone Avenue Corridor Study. The purpose of the meeting was to review the proposed improvement recommendations that are to be included in the draft report. Attendees had the opportunity to provide input and comments on the recommendations being considered. The recommendations include improvements for the intersection of California Avenue and Keystone Avenue; roadway striping and sidewalk improvements along Keystone Avenue between University Terrace and Coleman Drive; proposed bicycle facilities along Keystone Avenue and Vine Street; ADA, pedestrian and transit improvements throughout the corridor.
If you have comments or questions, you may submit them up to the point a final RTC Board decision is made. Send your comments to Amy Cummings, RTC Director of Planning at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This study is currently scheduled to be considered by the Reno City Council in September and the RTC Board on Oct. 17th. Check http://www.reno.gov for Reno City Council agendas.
The Regional Transportation Commission is seeking Ladders of Opportunity funding from the Federal Transit Administration. This funding would help improve the facility on Villanova Drive in Reno. Watch the video to find out why the funding is needed for economic development in the region.
GET THE FREE RTC BIKE RACK APP
Finding a bike rack to secure your bike can sometimes be a challenge - but now RTC has an app for that! The RTC Bike Rack app is now available for download on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. As a nationally recognized bicycle friendly community, the app provides the public an opportunity to enhance livability in the Truckee Meadows.
This free app allows users to add pictures and comments of existing bike rack locations and identify locations where a bike rack is needed. The information is shared among the app’s users.
The data provided from the public will assist the RTC to develop an inventory of bike rack locations throughout the community and also identify locations for other bike racks, helping plan for the future.
To learn more about the RTC’s bicycle initiatives and view the 2014 Reno/Sparks Bike Map, click here.
RTC REGRETFULLY ENDS SAND HARBOR SERVICE
Reno, NV (July 16, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission regretfully has discontinued its weekend and holiday bus service between Reno and Sand Harbor State Park at Lake Tahoe earlier than anticipated. The service launched on May 24th as a demonstration project and was originally slated to continue through Labor Day. However, steep mountainous terrain and the intense summer heat are causing substantial wear and tear on the buses.
The fleet of buses is maintained regularly and safety is the RTC’s top priority. Maintenance crews discovered the brake and fluid systems on several buses were overheating, which required frequent repairs and replacement of parts. In order to maintain the highest safety standards at all times, continuing the service was no longer feasible.
Since debuting, the Sand Harbor service helped connect more than 950 riders with recreational opportunities. While a significant amount, the demand was less than anticipated and unable to sustain the service. The cost per passenger was the highest among RTC transit services. The service was a demonstration project possible as a result of federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program. The remaining federal funds will be reprogrammed for another transit project in the future.
During a public meeting in May, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County presented a roundabout concept for potential inclusion in the reconstruction of Mayberry Drive. The concept was proposed for the intersection of Hunter Lake Drive and Mayberry Drive, and never advanced to the design phase. Based on feedback from the community, RTC is moving forward with the reconstruction of Mayberry Drive without the inclusion of a roundabout at this time.
While all plans for this location are preliminary and conceptual, the current contract being considered calls for replacement of the traffic signal at Mayberry Drive and Hunter Lake Drive. The existing traffic signal utilizes an old method of detecting vehicles, and was programmed to be updated. Installation of a new, modern traffic signal would improve reliability and enhance the intersection. The RTC Board also indicated its support for replacing the traffic signal instead of creating a roundabout as it received an engineering report at its meeting today.
While analysis shows a roundabout would function well at Mayberry Drive and Hunter Lake Drive, RTC recognizes the need to provide the community with more information on the benefits of roundabouts. Should a roundabout be envisioned in the future, it would require a new contract that would go through a review process. There would also be significant opportunity for the public to provide input.
In addition to a new traffic signal, the current scope of the project involves reconstruction of Mayberry Drive from Hunter Lake Drive to California Avenue. The project would result in smoother pavement and new crosswalk and other street markings. After a design is created, reviewed and approved, reconstruction would not likely begin until 2015.
For more information, click the links below.
If you have comments or questions, contact Michele Dennis at email@example.com
The RTC invited the public to celebrate the addition of four brand new battery-electric buses to its fleet with a community celebration on Monday, April 14th at 10 am at RTC 4TH STREET STATION on Evans Avenue.
US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid attended the RTC event to celebrate the launch of the new buses made possible with a federal grant from the US Dept. of Transportation/Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Local and state dignitaries and representatives from Proterra, Inc. joined Senator Reid to mark the occasion.
The RTC in partnership with the City of Reno, the City of Sparks, the County of Washoe and its sponsors hosted the inaugural Transit Connections 2013 community summit on December 6th. Transit Connections 2013 was an important and significant first step to raise awareness and begin the dialogue about the way public transit enriches our community and to hear new strategies and ideas to make it stronger and more beneficial for the region. 2014 will be the year transit issues are further discussed with our community with the help of a Blue Ribbon Committee that will be appointed by the RTC Board in early 2014. For your information, here are the links to the presentations made during the summit.
Economics of Transit / Nelson Presentation
Economics of Transit / Hughes Presentation
Transit: It's Personal / Fitch Presentation
Transit: It's Personal / Hunter Presentation
Emerging Trends Senior Needs / McMullen Presentation
Emerging Trends Senior Needs / Tarbutton Presentation
Emerging Trends Senior Needs / Weiner Presentation
Emerging Trends Millennials and Transit / Austin Presentation
Envisioning the Future of Transit / Litman Presentation