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 STUFF-A-BUS

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is asking for the community’s help to stuff a bus with new essential supplies for local seniors. Those making donations will receive a free skate rental for the ice rink at the Reno Aces ballpark, which is good the day of event.
 
On Tuesday November 25th, from noon until 8 p.m., one of RTC’s new all-electric, zero emissions buses will be parked in front of the Aces ballpark. Members of the community are encouraged to help fill the bus throughout the day with items for seniors. The event takes place on the opening day for the ice rink at the stadium, and people are encouraged to drop off new items as they head to the rink for skating.
 
Some of the requested items include: gloves, grocery carts (at Save Mart for $20), jackets and coats, men’s/women’s pajamas, personal hygiene items, household cleaning supplies, space heaters with auto off, adult diapers, gift cards (grocery, pharmacy, haircuts, pet stores, entertainment, etc.), sweatshirts and sweatpants, socks and undergarments and public transportation passes.
 

This is part of the City of Reno’s Senior Giving Tree program. A tree at Reno City Hall will be decorated with gift tags with items listed for seniors in need. People are encouraged to buy those items and drop them off on the second floor of City Hall or at Evelyn Mount Community Center. The drive will be from Nov. 18 through Dec. 16. Washoe County Senior Services ensures these donations reach senior clients in the community.


 

WASHOE COUNTY SENIOR RIDE PROGRAMS EXPANDED (effective November 1, 2014)

More people will be able to take advantage of discounted taxi rides thanks to the expansion of RTC’s Washoe Senior Ride Program. Through this program, seniors may purchase coupons, called taxi bucks, to help cover the cost of taxi rides – this enables seniors to maintain their independence and mobility. The cost of a $20 booklet of taxi bucks is being reduced from $15 to $10.

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.

View the boards presented on Oct. 2

View a prior presentation on the study

Comments may still be submitted to RTC Project Manager Debra Goodwin by emailing dgoodwin@rtcwashoe.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.

Draft 5th Edition RRIF Brochure

 

Contact:

Julie Masterpool, P.E.
Regional Transportation Commission
Engineering Department
1105 Terminal Way, Suite 108
Reno, NV 89502
775-335-1897 Office
775-348-3249 Fax
jmasterpool@rtcwashoe.com

 


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 rhanson@rtcwashoe.com

View the Flyer for the Sept. 4 Open House

View the Boards Presented at the Sept. 4th Open House:
Boards: Part One, Two, Three and Four.


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


 

REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN AMENDEMENTS COMMENT PERIOD (RTIP)

Public Comment Period Notice Amendments 2 and 3


 

COORDINATED HUMAN SERVICES PUBLIC TRANSIT PLAN OPEN HOUSE

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:

  • Coordinated transportation services among social service agencies
  • Expansion of volunteer driver program
  • Increased funding for RTC’s non-urbanized and/or senior transportation program
  • Expand Washoe Senior Ride program
  • Work-related trip matching
  • A new senior transportation service operated by the RTC

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.

For more information, contact Tina Wu, RTC project manager, at: (775) 335-1908, or twu@rtcwashoe.com or click here.

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