RTC 2015 ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND A LOOK AHEAD TO 2016
Throughout 2015, the RTC delivered significant projects, provided safe and reliable transit and planned for the future of the Truckee Meadows. Many projects and plans that began last year are continuing into 2016 as we work to create safety, improve mobility and connectivity, increase transportation choices and contribute to the region’s economic prosperity. The projects and programs we deliver were possible because of the public participation and input we had to develop them. Click here for a look at some of the agency’s accomplishments and a preview of what’s ahead.
HELP NAME THE NEW TRANSIT LINE
SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS HERE!
We’re helping to transform the 4th Street and Prater Way corridor with new electric buses, historic-themed transit stations, bike lanes and sidewalks, and landscaping. We want your ideas on naming the new transit line, opening early 2018!
Everyone who submits a name idea will get a FREE 2-RIDE bus pass.
One week after your submission, go to RTC Passenger Services at RTC 4TH STREET STATION located at 200 E. 4th Street in downtown Reno, present your identification and receive your pass. You will have 30 days to pick up your free 2-RIDE Bus Pass. The deadline for submissions is February 19, 2016. One pass per person regardless of submissions online or hand delivered.
NORTH VALLEYS REGIONAL MULTIMODAL STUDY
A presentation was given to the North Valleys Citizens Advisory Board as the RTC begins an extensive study to examine opportunities for Complete Street enhancements, safety improvements and capacity projects in the North Valleys area. The study involves extensive public outreach with stakeholder and public meetings. The area being studied has experienced significant business and residential growth, and includes major distribution facilities including PetCo and Amazon.
View the displays from the public workshop held on 2/4:
SHORT RANGE TRANSIT PLAN
The RTC has begun the process of updating the FY 2017-2021 Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP). The SRTP is a guide to the provision of transit services in our community for the next five years. It also serves as the short range element of the 30-Year Regional Transportation Plan which we will begin to update in 2016. Development of the SRTP will provide opportunities for public involvement over the next six months.
Transit is very important to a vibrant economy by taking riders to and from work and visitors throughout the Truckee Meadows. The plan involves all RTC transit services including: RIDE, RAPID, ACCESS, carpools and vanpools. Among the groups whose input is specifically being sought are seniors, individuals with disabilities, high school and university students and coach operators. We also want to hear from non-users, too, because a good transit system impacts everyone whether they actually use public transit or not. If you would like to participate and share your ideas, let us know.
Submit comments at: http://rtctransitplan.com
TRAVEL DEMAND CHARACTERISTICS SURVEY
If you are participating in our Household Travel Study, please be sure and submit your travel log data by Saturday, February 13, 2016 so you and your family can be included in the study. Your information is a very important part of this process that will help shape transportation in our community now and in the future. Thank you for your cooperation and participation!
COMPLETE STREETS MASTER PLAN
The RTC is creating a Complete Streets Master Plan for the Reno/Sparks area that will help improve safety and mobility for all types of transportation including transit, walking,
biking and driving. We’re updating the Reno Sparks Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan, too!
Share your ideas at two workshops in February:
View the February 17 workshop details
View the February 23 workshop details
View the Boards from the Meetings Previously Held
VIRGINIA STREET BUS RAPID TRANSIT EXTENSION PROJECT
The RTC’s exciting plans to enhance RAPID bus service on Virginia Street are moving ahead with input from the community and the Reno City Council. The Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project will improve all modes of transportation on this vibrant street at the heart of Reno. The project will also bring the project area into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and better link the University of Nevada, Reno to Downtown Reno and Midtown. The Reno City Council and the RTC Board approved a design concept that includes the extension of RAPID transit to the University, bus-only lanes and bike lanes in the University area, and construction of five new RAPID stations to serve the University and three RAPID station upgrades in Midtown. The project will also add street trees and wider sidewalks. The RTC will be holding future public workshops as the project moves closer to final design, anticipated by spring 2016. This will give the public the opportunity to work together with the RTC and provide input on the aesthetic elements and details of the project.
Visit the Project Web Site (The online survey has closed, thanks to everyone who participated!)
View the Displays from the Meeting held June18
View the July 29 City Council Presentation (The Council voted to move forward with option B with additional direction to look at other priorities in the Midtown area.)
View the Survey Results
Displays from 8/25 Meeting
Presentation from 10/7 City Council Meeting
Learn more about the SouthEast Connector at an Open House on February 11, 2016. Click for details!
The Upper South East Communities Coalition (USECC) filed a lawsuit against the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) following its issuance of the Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit, a key permit needed for phase two of the SouthEast Connector Project. In order to protect the public interest, the RTC filed a motion to become an intervener in the lawsuit. The RTC is confident in the decision by the USACE issued on April 16, 2015. This project as submitted and reviewed by the USACE and applicable state and federal regulatory agencies provides the least human impact, improves the environment and wildlife habitat, and brings significant benefits to the environment.
In addition to the lawsuit, the USECC sought an injunction to stop construction of the project. On June 3, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Mendez denied the motion for injunctive relief. This decision was appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; the USECC also filed a request for emergency injunction with the court. On July 9, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals denied the emergency motion for injunctive relief.
On November 19, the coalition voluntarily dismissed its lawsuit. Construction of the project continues and the legal case is now over. To view documents related to the case, go to: http://southeastconnector.com
Citizens interested in taking a tour of the SouthEast Connector may sign up at southeastconnector.com by clicking Stay Involved. Seating is limited.