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The RTC is committed to providing communication and public information about its many activities and projects. The Marketing and Communications department issues press releases to media outlets on an ongoing dynamic basis. Our goal is to share information with the public in a timely and thorough manner.

Press Releases posted below. Most recent listed first.





SHARE YOUR COMMENTS ON POSSIBLE SHORT-TERM SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS IN THE NORTH VALLEYS [36kB]
06/24/2016 :

Reno, NV (June 24, 2016) – With continued growth in the region, the RTC is studying transportation
needs in the North Valleys region. Among the goals of the study are to identify potential safety
enhancements and improve mobility and accessibility for everyone. Members of the public are
encouraged to provide feedback on short-term safety and    mobility improvements identified thus
far based on public input and planning analysis. A workshop will take place on Thursday, June 30th
from 5 pm to 7 pm at O’Brien Stem Academy School at 10500 Stead Boulevard. A brief presentation
will also be given at 5:30 pm.

The North Valleys Regional Multimodal Transportation Study involves the area from McCarran
Boulevard north to Cold Springs and throughout the US 395 Corridor. The study is taking place in
coordination with a NDOT Reno-Sparks freeway study of traffic on US 395 in the North Valleys
region. NDOT will update its work on the study.

Anyone unable to attend the meeting may submit comments to RTC project manager Xuan Wang by
e-mailing  xwang@rtcwashoe.com. More information on the North Valleys study may be found by going
to  http://www.rtcwashoe.com and clicking on Hot Topics.
What: North Valleys Regional Multimodal Transportation Study Public Workshop When: Thursday, June
30, 5-7 pm with a brief presentation at 5:30
Where: O’Brien Stem Academy at 10500 Stead Boulevard Who: RTC and NDOT representatives

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SHARE YOUR COMMENTS ON POSSIBLE SHORT-TERM SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS IN THE NORTH VALLEYS [36kB]
06/24/2016 :

Reno, NV (June 24, 2016) – With continued growth in the region, the RTC is studying transportation
needs in the North Valleys region. Among the goals of the study are to identify potential safety
enhancements and improve mobility and accessibility for everyone. Members of the public are
encouraged to provide feedback on short-term safety and    mobility improvements identified thus
far based on public input and planning analysis. A workshop will take place on Thursday, June 30th
from 5 pm to 7 pm at O’Brien Stem Academy School at 10500 Stead Boulevard. A brief presentation
will also be given at 5:30 pm.

The North Valleys Regional Multimodal Transportation Study involves the area from McCarran
Boulevard north to Cold Springs and throughout the US 395 Corridor. The study is taking place in
coordination with a NDOT Reno-Sparks freeway study of traffic on US 395 in the North Valleys
region. NDOT will update its work on the study.

Anyone unable to attend the meeting may submit comments to RTC project manager Xuan Wang by
e-mailing  xwang@rtcwashoe.com. More information on the North Valleys study may be found by going
to  http://www.rtcwashoe.com and clicking on Hot Topics.
What: North Valleys Regional Multimodal Transportation Study Public Workshop When: Thursday, June
30, 5-7 pm with a brief presentation at 5:30
Where: O’Brien Stem Academy at 10500 Stead Boulevard Who: RTC and NDOT representatives




SHARE YOUR COMMENTS AND IDEAS ON THE 2040 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN [36kB]
06/01/2016 :

Reno, NV (May 31, 2016) – The RTC is presently updating the long range transportation plan for the
region, called the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (2040 RTP). This plan helps guide future
transportation improvements in the region including: bus and rail service, new roadways, new
pedestrian and bike facilities and upgrades of existing transportation infrastructure. The 2040 RTP
is updated every four years and some previous projects developed from this process are:
the SouthEast Connector, Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project and 4th Street/Prater  Way Bus RAPID Transit Project. The plan relies heavily on input from members of the public,
and this is the public’s opportunity to comment on projects that may be developed. Everyone is
encouraged to share their ideas and  comments at a Community Planning Workshop:

2040 RTP Community Planning Workshop Thursday, June 2
5-7 pm with a brief presentation at 5:30 pm The Discovery Museum
490 S. Center Street, Reno
This location is ADA accessible and served by Route 1, RTC RAPID and RTC ACCESS (by reservation)

Already, seven forums have provided a venue for members of the public to provide comments. The
purpose of the Community Planning Workshop is not only to gain new ideas, but to garner additional
feedback on ideas already submitted. Some suggestions from members of the public include:
additional road connections between Spanish Springs and US 395, expanded bus service into new
areas, new commuter rail service, additional transportation to the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center,
improved sidewalks and more bike lanes and paths. For more information on the RTP forums that have
taken place and the 2040 RTP development process, go to: http://www.rtcwashoe.com and click on Hot
Topics.
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RTC CAUTIONS THE PUBLIC ABOUT SURVEY SCAM [36kB]
05/31/2016 :

Reno, NV (May 31, 2016) – The RTC recently received a communication from a local resident who
indicated a man came to her door claiming to be representing the RTC and he was conducting a
survey. No door-to-door survey is being done by the RTC at this time. The resident also reported
that the man asked her about “how secure her home is.” No RTC surveys ask for this information. The
RTC would like to remind everyone to be cautious and report suspicious activity to authorities.

The RTC conducted the Travel Demand Characteristics Survey, which collects data used for modeling
future transportation projects. This survey was conducted by phone, mail and by use of electronic
devices. While much of   the work associated with the survey is complete, surveyors are still
engaged in talking with visitors mainly at hotels and casinos. Again, no door-to-door surveys are
being conducted. While the survey has been collecting information on where people go during the day
and for what purposes, it does not collect sensitive information such as: social security number,
bank account number or credit card information.

Members of the public who are unsure about the legitimacy of individuals claiming to be conducting
a survey may contact the project team by going to http://www.rtcsurvey.com or call local law
enforcement.
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RTC OFFICES CLOSED MEMORIAL DAY AND TRANSIT SERVICE ON SUNDAY SCHEDULE [36kB]
05/26/2016 :

Reno, NV (May 26, 2016) – The RTC’s administrative offices will be closed on Monday, May 30th in
observance of Memorial Day. Transit services will be operating on a Sunday schedule. RTC INTERCITY,
which is the commuter service between Reno and Carson City, will not be operating. The SIERRA
SPIRIT will operate on its normal schedule, as it does on all holidays. For route and schedule
information go to: http://www.rtcwashoe.com.

Roadwork will also be suspended on several major construction projects during the holiday weekend
to accommodate increased traffic. However, traffic controls, such as shifted lanes, will remain in
place near the intersection of Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard. Drivers could experience short
delays during peak hours at this location. The RTC wishes everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day,
and thanks all veterans for their service.
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RTC COMPLETES SIGNIFICANT SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY [36kB]
05/19/2016 :

Reno, NV (May 19, 2016) – The RTC Board of Commissioners will receive the agency’s annual report at
its meeting Friday, detailing accomplishments during calendar year 2015. Many significant projects
were accomplished to improve safety and mobility for everyone throughout the region. During 2015,
the RTC upgraded or installed 202  crosswalks in the region, created 27.1 miles of bike lanes and
made 10.4 miles of new sidewalks and paved paths.

Among significant projects completed in 2015 were: the award-winning SE McCarran Boulevard widening
project, multimodal enhancements on Keystone Avenue, sidewalks on Harvard Way and the
reconstruction of Mayberry Drive. Last year the region was also re-designated as bike friendly by
the League of American Bicyclists. Additionally, the second and final phase of the SouthEast
Connector began and completion is projected in late 2017. The SouthEast Connector was also honored
with numerous awards including: the American Public Works Association (APWA) Nevada Chapter Project
of the Year for transportation projects more than $20 million. During 2015, the RTC also underwent
an extensive review by the USDOT Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration,
resulting in commendations for the RTC’s extensive public outreach and community engagement.

In addition to the SouthEast Connector, numerous projects are underway this year to create a safer
environment and give everyone transportation choices. These projects include: improvements at
Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard, 4th Street/Prater Way, North Virginia Street and North McCarran
Boulevard, Evans Avenue from 2nd Street to North McCarran Boulevard and reconstruction of pavement
throughout the area following the El Niño winter.

The RTC Board of Commissioners will meet Friday, May 20th at the Washoe County Commission Chambers,
1001 E. 9th Street, Reno, Building A, 9 am.
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RTC TO UNVEIL NAME OF NEW TRANSIT LINE AT 4TH STREET BLOCK PARTY [36kB]
04/22/2016 :

Reno, NV (April 21, 2016) – This Saturday, the RTC will unveil the name of a new transit line that
will serve the 4th Street and Prater Way Corridor. The name was selected from 231 submissions from
members of the public via the RTC website, social media and suggestion boxes at transit stations.

Embargoed until after the official announcement at 10:40 am on Saturday, April 23, the new transit
line will be named the “RTC LINCOLN LINE.” The name reflects the historical nature of the corridor,
which was once part of the famous Lincoln Highway. Today, many historic buildings have been
repurposed, making the area a center for arts, culture and breweries.

The announcement will be made at RTC 4TH STREET STATION at 10:40 am just before the parade that
kicks off the 4th Street block party. Events will take place on 4th Street from 11 am to 6 pm
between Lake Street and Elko Street. The celebration includes: a pop-up market place, stilt
walkers, food trucks and muralists. The event is designed to build a sense of community and was
created after innovators from across the country visited Reno for the Next City Vanguard Conference
in May 2015. The conference brought together leaders in urban planning to offer advice for
revitalization and growth.

The RTC LINCOLN LINE, which will have all-electric buses and be the nation’s first all-electric Bus
RAPID Transit Service, will begin operations in early 2019. It is largely made possible thanks to a
$16 million federal TIGER grant. Plans for 4th Street and Prater Way also involve undergrounding
utility lines, planting trees, making the area accessible to everyone under the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA), widening sidewalks and adding new bike lanes. More information on the
project may be found at: http://4thprater.com.


What: Unveiling of New Transit Line Name
When: Saturday, April 23 at 10:40 a.m.
Where: RTC 4TH STREET STATION at the north island, 4th Street and Evans Avenue




WORK BEGINS ON PROJECT TO ENHANCE SAFETY AND BEAUTIFY PYRAMID WAY AND MCCARRAN BOULEVARD INTERSECTION [36kB]
04/01/2016 :


Reno, NV (April 1, 2016) – On Monday, April 4 the RTC will begin a project to enhance safety and
mobility as well as beautify the Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard intersection. This intersection
is traversed by about 60,000 vehicles daily and is a high-crash location. Drivers should plan for
delays.

Early traffic controls include closures of several roads at Pyramid Way on the eastern side. These
roads are: Queen Way, Emerson Way, Gault Way and York Way. Traffic controls will also be
implemented on McCarran Boulevard from Rock Boulevard to 4th Street in order for crews to remove a
concrete median within the first 30 days of construction. Access to businesses will be maintained
throughout the project with at least one entrance open to the Sparks Mercantile shopping center.

A groundbreaking event is planned with RTC officials and local dignitaries for Thursday, April 7.

What: Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Improvement Project Groundbreaking
When: Thursday, April 7 at 11 a.m.
Where: Near Gault Way and Pyramid Way, access from 4th Street due to road closures
Who: Sparks
Mayor Geno Martini and other local dignitaries

Members of the public are encouraged to sign up for email updates about traffic controls at: 
http://pyramidmccarran.com. A hotline for the project has also been established: (775) 357-9107




PYRAMID WAY AND MCCARRAN BOULEVARD INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT BEGINS [36kB]
03/25/2016 :

Reno, NV (March 23, 2016) – The RTC will begin work on a project to enhance safety at the
intersection of Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard. Work is set to begin April 4 and will involve
traffic controls.

Members of the public may learn more about the project and planned traffic controls at an open
house. The open house will take place at the Wadsworth Masonic Lodge, located at 2425 Pyramid Way
in Sparks and will be Wednesday, March 30 from 4 pm to 7 pm. A brief presentation will take place
at 5:30 pm.

Some of the work scheduled to take place within the first 30 days of the project includes:
•    Sprout Way will be extended to Mercy Court. Road closures will be established at Mercy Court
and Emerson Way. Residential access will be maintained via 4th Street.
•    Excavation for utility ditch on Nelson Way. Traffic controls will be in effect in the
neighborhood.
•    A median island on McCarran Boulevard will be removed. The median island will be removed from
Rock Boulevard to E. 4th Street.
•    A material stockpile will be created on Queen Way. The roadway will be closed east of Pyramid
Way.

Throughout construction, access to all businesses and residences in the area will be preserved.
Traffic controls will also be adjusted as the project moves forward. The project is expected to be
completed in spring 2018.

One new lane in each direction will be added to Pyramid Way. Dedicated turning lanes will also be
added to both Pyramid and McCarran. The project will add new sidewalks for pedestrians and a paved
multi-use path that will parallel Pyramid on the eastern side. Additionally, trees will be near the
path further beautifying the area. Privacy screens with a decorative design, selected by the
community, will be constructed. This intersection is a high-crash location and      these
improvements will enhance safety and mobility for everyone.

Members of the public are encouraged to sign up for email updates about traffic controls at: 
http://pyramidmccarran.com. A hotline for the project has also been established: (775) 357-9107
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NEVADA MOVES DAY IS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16TH [36kB]
03/16/2016 :


Reno, NV (March 15, 2015) – The 7th annual Nevada Moves Day is Wednesday, March 16th. This event
helps teach kids about safety while encouraging physical activity. Students statewide will be
walking and bicycling to school while learning how to be safe and seen, cross streets safely and
the importance of good health.

Media are invited to cover the event at Jerry Whitehead Elementary School at 3570 Waterfall Drive
in Sparks. On Wednesday, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students will be walking from 9:15 to 10 am.
Kindergarten through 3rd grade students will walk from 10:15 to 11 am.

The event is being organized by the Safe Routes to School program, which is funded by the RTC. Safe
Routes to School teaches students safety skills year-round.

“Safety is the RTC’s top priority and events like Nevada Moves Day help instill important safety
lessons and teach healthy habits,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.

Additional activities will take place at local schools throughout the week. Last year, 20 schools
participated with events including: bike trains, organized jump rope and obstacle courses on the
blacktop.
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RTC FREE ST. PATRICK’S DAY SAFE RIDE [36kB]
03/09/2016 :


Reno, NV (March 9, 2015) –The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is committed to
the public’s safety and is a partner in the Zero Fatalities program. The RTC is encouraging
everyone to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day responsibly and never drive impaired. For the 13th year,
the RTC is offering free rides on its transit services to provide safe transportation for people
celebrating the holiday.

All regularly scheduled transit services will be free on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17 from
4 pm to midnight. Additionally, the downtown circulator bus, the RTC SIERRA SPIRIT, will have
extended hours. Typically, the service stops at 7 pm, however on St. Patrick’s Day it will operate
until midnight.

“This is a great way for people to be safe and responsible, but it’s also an opportunity for people
who may not have ridden the bus before to try it out for the first time,” RTC Executive Director
Lee Gibson said.

To plan a trip, go to http://RTCwashoe.com and use the Google Transit feature on the homepage.
There is also information on routes and schedules.

The free service is made possible through the generous support of our partners: Northern Nevada DUI
Task Force, CH2M, HDR, NCE, Traffic Works, Kimley-Horn, DJ Bena dis Memorial Fund, KOLO 8 and the
Cumulus Radio Group.
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COMPLETE STREETS WORKSHOPS THIS MONTH [36kB]
02/17/2016 :

Reno, NV (February 16, 2016) – The RTC is currently developing a Complete Streets Master Plan and
updating the Reno-Sparks Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan to help guide future improvements in the
community. Complete Streets enhance safety and mobility for everyone. Members of the public are
encouraged to share their ideas and comments at two workshops taking place in February:
Wednesday, February 17
5-7 pm
Dilworth STEM Academy 255 Prater Way, Sparks

Tuesday, February 23
5-7 pm
Discovery Museum
490 S. Center Street, Reno
At both workshops a brief presentation will be given at 5:30 pm.

Complete Streets enhance safety, reduce crashes and the severity of crashes and give people
transportation choices. Elements of each Complete Street are different and designed to meet the
needs of neighborhoods and the community as a whole. Examples of Complete Streets improvements are:
wider sidewalks, new bike lanes, improved signage and flashing beacons at crosswalks. Complete
Streets are also accessible to everyone under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Some
locations where Complete Streets improvements have taken place include: Keystone Avenue, Sutro
Street, Victorian Avenue, Nichols Boulevard, Arlington Avenue and Plumas Street. For more information, go to http://www.rtcwashoe.com and click on Hot Topics.
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OPEN HOUSE FOR SOUTHEAST CONNECTOR PROJECT [36kB]
02/04/2016 :

Reno, NV (February 4, 2016) – The RTC invites the community to an open house to view the SouthEast
Connector project in its entirety, which includes Phase 1 and 2, and meet the project team. The
event will be held on Thursday, February 11 from 11 am to 7 pm at the Best Western Airport Plaza
Hotel, located at 1981 Terminal Way in Reno.

The open house will include information about the benefits the project will bring to the region
including ways the project restores the environment, connects communities and creates prosperity
through much needed local construction jobs and future economic opportunities. Additionally, the
construction schedule will be shared with the public.

Slated to be finished in late 2017, the SouthEast Connector will link Sparks to south Reno
relieving congestion on existing regional roads and provide benefits for our air quality. The
project includes creating a new 80-acre wetland complex and planting more than 600 new trees;
removal of invasive weeds, primarily Whitetop, and returns the creek banks to a more natural state.
Cleaning up decades of trash left in the environment, already 3.7 million pounds of trash and
debris has been removed. This includes concrete, tires and auto parts that were dumped throughout
the project site. This phase of the project will result in more than 250 jobs.

Beginning later this month, the RTC is also hosting project tours on the fourth Thursday of the
month to anyone interested in seeing firsthand the construction of this regional road investment.
For details and to sign up go to:  http://southeastconnector.com and click the Stay Involved tab.


To view a virtual animation of the project, go to: https://youtu.be/Me_qVViA1Sc

To learn more and receive project updates, go to: http://southeastconnector.com

What: SouthEast Connector Project Open House
When: Thursday, February 11, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Best Western Airport Plaza Hotel, Reno
Who: SouthEast Connector Project Team




NORTH VALLEYS REGIONAL MULTIMODAL STUDY UNDERWAY [36kB]
02/01/2016 :

Reno, NV (Jan. 29, 2015) – With continued growth in the region, the RTC is studying transportation needs in the North Valleys region. Among the goals of the study are to identify potential safety enhancements and improve mobility and accessibility for everyone.  Members of the public are encouraged to share their comments and ideas at a workshop taking place on Thursday, February 4th from 5 pm to 7 pm at O’Brien Middle School at 10500 Stead Boulevard. A brief presentation will also be given at 5:30 pm.

The North Valleys Regional Multimodal Transportation Study involves the area from McCarran Boulevard north to Cold Springs and throughout the US 395 Corridor. The study is taking place in coordination with a NDOT study of traffic on US 395 in the North Valleys region.

Anyone unable to attend the meeting may submit comments to RTC project manager Xuan Wang by e-mailing xwang@rtcwashoe.com.  More information on the study may be found by going to http://www.rtcwashoe.com and clicking on Hot Topics.

 

What: North Valleys Regional Multimodal Study Public Workshop

When: Thursday, February 4, 5-7 pm with a brief presentation at 5:30

Where: O’Brien Middle School at 10500 Stead Boulevard

Who: RTC and NDOT representatives




THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO HELP NAME THE REGION’S NEWEST BUS LINE [36kB]
01/20/2016 :

Reno, NV (Jan. 19, 2015) – In early 2018, the RTC will debut a new RAPID transit line to better
link downtown Reno and downtown Sparks. Starting Tuesday, January 19th, members of the public will
be able to submit their ideas to help name the new line! Everyone submitting an idea will be
eligible to receive one free RTC 2-RIDE pass!

The line will use all-electric buses and serve 4th Street in Reno and Prater Way in Sparks, helping
better connect  people to 7,000 jobs in the corridor and educational opportunities. It will also be
easy for riders to connect to the RTC’s existing RAPID line that serves Virginia Street. The 4th
Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project is largely   possible thanks to a $16 million federal
grant and will also involve adding new bike lanes, wider sidewalks, undergrounding utilities and
adding landscaping amenities. The project will also include new historically-themed transit
stations in the corridor, which was a component in developing the project. More information about
the oral histories is available at: http://4thprater.onlinenevada.org/.













To submit a name for consideration, just log on to the RTC Facebook page at:
http://facebook.com/rtcwashoe and fill out the survey. Some early suggestions include the Lincoln
Line, as the roadway used to be part of the Lincoln Highway, the Lightning Line and the Zephyr
Line. Submissions will also be accepted at the RTC transit stations in downtown Reno and Victorian
Square in Sparks. All the suggestions will be reviewed by the RTC; the name will be announced in
the spring.

For complete details and guidelines, go to http://www.rtcwashoe.com and click on Hot Topics. To
learn more about future improvements planned for the 4th Street/Prater Way Corridor, go to:
http://4thprater.com
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PUBLIC INVITED TO SHARE COMMENTS ON TRANSIT [36kB]
01/18/2016 :


Reno, NV (Jan. 18, 2015) – The RTC is updating its Fiscal Year 2017-2021 Short Range Transportation
Plan or SRTP to establish goals for our public transit system and meet the region’s mobility goals
for the future. The success of this plan requires community-wide input. Two open house events will
take place on January 21 providing opportunities for members of the public to share ideas and
comments about transit in the Truckee Meadows. Members of the public may attend either open house.
Free parking is available at the National Bowling Stadium parking garage during the       hours of
the open house events.

Whether you use public transportation or not, this plan affects you and your comments are needed.
Everyone benefits from efficient and effective public transportation, which creates economic
prosperity and a livable community. This plan helps guide decisions on what transit services are
provided in the community during the next five years. This will also supplement the 2040 Regional
Transportation Plan, the RTC's long range planning document which will be updated in 2016. The plan
involves all RTC transit services including: RIDE, RAPID, ACCESS, carpools and vanpools. For more
information, or to share comments, go to: http://www.rtctransitplan.com.


What: Short Range Transit Plan Open Houses
When: Morning open house from 9 to 11 a.m. and afternoon open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Who: RTC
representatives and members of the public
Why: To gather ideas and comments to help plan future transit
Where: RTC 4TH STREET STATION, 4th Street and Evans Avenue, Free parking at the National Bowling
Stadium parking garage
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RTC REVISES SIERRA SPIRIT SCHEDULE [36kB]
01/05/2016 :

Reno, NV (Jan. 5, 2015) – In order to improve both efficiency and reliability, the RTC’s SIERRA
SPIRIT route will now operate every 30 minutes. The SIERRA SPIRIT is the circulator bus for the
downtown Reno area.

This service features all-electric buses and operates every day, including on all holidays, from 7
a.m. to 7 p.m. The SIERRA SPIRIT is an affordable, efficient way to connect to entertainment,
special events, recreation and employment opportunities in downtown Reno. The regular fare is just
25 cents and the reduced fare, for seniors and youths, is just 10 cents. The electric buses also
offer free WiFi and free WiFi is available at RTC transit stations.
For route and schedule information, go to: http://www.rtcwashoe.com.




RTC STUDY SHOWS INCREASE IN BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN ACTIVITY [36kB]
12/29/2015 :


Reno, NV (Dec. 29, 2015) – The RTC Bike and Pedestrian Data Collection Annual Report showed a
marked increase in bicycle and pedestrian activity in the region. The report, which was released
this month, summarizes nearly 1,400 hours of observations at 40 different locations in Reno, Sparks
and unincorporated Washoe County from Sept. 2014 to Sept. 2015. During this time frame, the highest
pedestrian and bike volumes to date were documented by consultant Traffic Works.

The following observations were made: 25,956 pedestrians, 5,241 bicyclists and 205 individuals
using wheelchairs or mobility devices. Pedestrian activity spiked in Sept. 2015, and the highest
pedestrian activity was observed near 4th Street and Evans Avenue, near RTC 4TH STREET STATION. The
most bike activity was observed near Ralston Street and 1st Street in downtown Reno. Pedestrians
outnumbered bicyclists by roughly five to one through the study as a whole.

“The RTC is dedicated to giving everyone transportation options,” RTC Director of Planning Amy
Cummings said. “This data shows that when amenities are available for pedestrians and bicyclists,
more will use alternative transportation methods to get around, creating cleaner air, less traffic
congestion and promoting a healthy lifestyle,” she added.

More than 30 percent of trips in the 4th Street/Prater Way Corridor were made using alternative
modes of    transportation such as: walking, biking and via transit. The RTC has planned major
upgrades to promote transportation options in this corridor. This project, which will add four new
electric buses, wider sidewalks and bike lanes, will break ground in 2017.


To view the full report, go to:
http://www.rtcwashoe.com/Planning/documents/Annual%20Report%202015%20FINAL.pdf
To learn more about future improvements planned for the 4th Street/Prater Way Corridor, go to:
http://4thprater.com
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RTC NEW YEAR’S EVE FREE SAFE RIDE AND SCHEDULE [36kB]
12/29/2015 :

Reno, NV (Dec. 29, 2015) – For the 31st year, all regularly scheduled RTC transit services will be
free beginning on New Year’s Eve at 6 p.m. through 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Not all locations are
served by transit, so everyone is encouraged to plan ahead by going to http://www.rtcwashoe.com and
using the Google Transit feature or viewing routes and schedules. This poster also has route and
schedule information for reference: 
http://www.rtcwashoe.com/hottopics/documents/NYE%2015%20poster.pdf

The RTC New Year’s Eve FREE Safe RIDE is made possible through the generous support of our
sponsors. Our event partners include: Renown Health, the Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, KOLO 8,
Wood Rodgers, Inc., Club
Cal Neva, REMSA, Morrey Distributing, Reno Firefighters Local 731, the RSCVA, Reno News & Review,
Washoe County Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Cumulus Media and the DJ Benardis Memorial
Fund.

On New Year’s Day, Friday January 1, all RTC transit services will be operating on a Sunday
schedule. RTC INTERCITY will not operate this day and Passenger Services will be closed. The SIERRA
SPIRIT, which is the downtown circulator service, will continue operation as it does every day and
on all holidays. Additionally, RTC administrative offices will be closed on New Year’s Eve starting
at 3 p.m. and remain closed January 1.
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RTC PROVIDES FREE NEW YEAR’S EVE SAFE RIDE [36kB]
12/23/2015 :

Reno, NV (Dec. 22, 2015) – The RTC is marking 31 years of helping people celebrate responsibly. The
New Year’s Eve FREE Safe RIDE program brings together community partners to cover the cost of
providing free transit service.  All regularly scheduled RTC transit services will be free on New
Year’s Eve night starting at 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

“We at the RTC are looking forward to another exciting year of transit and transportation projects
and programs that make a difference in the community,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said. “We
encourage everyone to welcome in 2016 safely and responsibly and are proud to provide this service
that gives residents and visitors a safe transportation alternative,” he added.

Keep in mind not all locations are served by transit, so it’s recommended everyone check route and
schedule information on http://www.rtcwashoe.com to plan their trip.

Our event partners include: Renown Health, the Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, KOLO 8, Wood
Rodgers, Inc., Club Cal Neva, REMSA, Morrey Distributing, Reno Firefighters Local 731, the RSCVA,
Reno News & Review, Washoe County Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Cumulus Media and the DJ
Benardis Memorial Fund.
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RTC BOARD MEETINGS NOW TAKING PLACE AT WASHOE COUNTY COMMISSION CHAMBERS [36kB]
12/16/2015 :

Reno, NV (Dec. 16, 2015) – Starting this Friday, and continuing until further notice, RTC Board
meetings will take place in the Washoe County Commission Chambers. The former RTC boardroom located
at 2050 Villanova Drive (under the I-580 freeway) is being renovated and will become a facility for
bus maintenance. The RTC recently moved all offices from the Villanova Drive facility to 1105
Terminal Way.

The Villanova facility will be exclusively devoted to bus repairs and maintenance once renovations
are complete. The facility, constructed in 1983, is not modernized and cannot accommodate the
latest bus models. For example, many new electric buses have batteries on top, and lack the needed
vertical clearance to enter garage door openings. There is also not enough room to accommodate all
the buses in the fleet of more than seventy. This is an approximately $12 million project,
scheduled for completion in late 2016.

The Washoe County Commission Chambers are located at 1001 E. 9th Street in Reno in Building A. This
location is accessible via routes: 2, 2S, 5 and 15. For agendas and staff reports, go to:
http://www.rtcwashoe.com.
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SHARE YOUR COMMENTS ON FUTURE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICES [36kB]
12/02/2015 :

Reno, NV (Dec. 2, 2015) – Your RTC is updating its Fiscal Year 2017-2021 Short Range Transportation
Plan or SRTP and the success of this plan requires community-wide input for the RTC to meet the
region’s mobility goals for the future.  Whether you use public transportation or you do not, this
plan affects you and, therefore, your comments are        needed and desired. The entire region
benefits from efficient and effective public transportation, which creates economic prosperity and
a livable community. This plan helps guide decisions on what transit services are provided in the
community during the next five years. This will also supplement the 2040 Regional Transportation
Plan, the RTC's    long range planning document which will be updated in 2016. The plan involves
all RTC transit services including: RIDE, RAPID, ACCESS, carpools and vanpools. Among the groups
whose input is being sought are transit riders, seniors, individuals with disabilities, veterans,
high school and university students and coach operators. All members of the public can share their
comments and ideas at several focus groups or stakeholder meetings next week.

“Comments from the public help us learn about what services and routes are most valued and needed,
and find efficiencies which are key in providing future public transit services,” RTC Executive
Director Lee Gibson said.


Please RSVP to mdulude@rtcwashoe.com or call 335-1904.

Go to http://www.rtcwashoe.com/news-room-52 for a schedule of meetings.




HELP STUFF-A-BUS FOR SENIORS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON [36kB]
12/02/2015 :


Reno, NV (Nov. 30, 2015) – The RTC is proud to be partnering with the City of Reno and Washoe
County Senior Services for Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors. Together, the partners are collecting needed
donations for seniors in our community and everyone can help by either dropping off new items in a
donation barrel or at the Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors event at the Aces Ballpark from 11:30 a.m. to 6
p.m. on Wednesday, December 2. Everyone who donates at the event will receive a free skate rental
valid 12/2 through 12/16! The event also coincides with the Reno Christmas Tree Lighting at 5 p.m.

Only NEW items are being accepted. Needed items include: jackets, coats, sweatpants, toiletries,
adult diapers, grocery store or pet store gift cards and transit passes. For a complete list of
items requested go to:

http://www.reno.gov/government/departments/parks-recreation-community-services/seniors/senior-giving

Donation barrels are located at: Reno City Hall at 1 East 1st Street, the Washoe County
Administration Building at 1001 E. 9th Street in Reno and the RTC at 1105 Terminal Way in Reno. The barrels will remain in place through Dec. 11.
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23RD ANNUAL FOOD FOR FARE ON DEC. 10 AND 11 [36kB]
12/02/2015 :

Reno, NV (Dec. 2 2015) – The RTC is partnering with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada for the 23rd
annual Food for Fare on Thursday, Dec. 10 and Friday, Dec. 11. Instead of paying a typical fare,
transit riders may instead pay their fare with a donation of a non-expired, non-perishable food
item. The donations support the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, which helps more than 103,000 people
in the community each month.

“One in four kids don’t know where their next meal is coming from and that’s a staggering
statistic,” Jocelyn Lantrip, Director Marketing and Communications for the Food Bank of Northern
Nevada, said. “We couldn’t help these kids and families without the community’s help and this is
one of the largest food drives for us of 2015,” she added.

Those not riding the bus may also contribute to the drive by simply handing a donation to any coach
operator on Dec. 10 and 11.
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U.S. COURT DISMISSES SOUTHEAST CONNECTOR LAWSUIT [36kB]
11/20/2015 :


Reno, NV (Nov. 19, 2015) – Today, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
dismissed the lawsuit that had sought to stop construction of the SouthEast Connector.  The Upper
South East Communities Coalition filed the suit, claiming that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and
RTC of Washoe County did not adequately examine the project’s environmental impacts and violated
both the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Clean Water Act.  On Nov. 18, the
Coalition filed a stipulation for dismissal, seeking to voluntarily dismiss its lawsuit. The
dismissal comes in the wake of two recent major federal court decisions that denied the Coalition’s
requests for an injunction.


In June, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Mendez denied the Coalition’s motion for a preliminary
injunction to stop construction of the SouthEast Connector. Then, on November 2, a unanimous panel
of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld Judge Mendez’s ruling.  The panel
explained, “The record before us does not suggest that the district court here relied on an
erroneous legal premise, made clearly erroneous factual findings, or abused its discretion in
concluding that [the Coalition] failed to show a probability of success on the merits.”
Judge Mendez determined, despite the Coalition’s claim to the contrary, that the Corps had adopted
mitigation measures in response to identified environmental impacts, properly involved the public
in accordance with its procedures, and effectively compared alternatives and “did properly conclude
that the project was the least environmentally damaging practicable alternative,” as required by
federal law. The Judge stated that comments from the public were “extensive” and that the Corps
responded to the comments “at length”.


The RTC conducted a comprehensive public outreach process, with nearly 200 open meetings,
throughout the development of the SouthEast Connector project.  The process included extensive
input from the Coalition.


The district court determined that the Coalition’s argument “overlooks the fact that, as part of
the required mitigation effort upon which the Corps conditioned approval of the permit, this
project will actually result in a net increase of wetlands”. Similarly, the court characterized the
Coalition’s claims regarding mercury to be “belied by the record in this case”, finding the Corps’
mandate that mercury deposits be excavated and sequestered to be “well-reasoned”.
With finding the Coalition had no likelihood of success on the merits of its claim that the Corps
violated federal law, Judge Mendez denied the Coalition’s request to enjoin the RTC.
RTC has been and is moving forward with construction of the Southeast Connector. Executive Director
Lee Gibson said “All throughout this extensive permitting process, the Corps complied with NEPA and
the Clean Water Act- that is their mandate and they do it very well.” Mr. Gibson further stated,
“As a transportation project, the SouthEast Connector is going to make people’s commutes easier and
support connectivity to new jobs throughout the region. The RTC took the environmental issues
presented by this project very seriously – it is, after all, our area’s community and ecosystem. 
Anyone who thinks this area is currently pristine is just plain wrong. As part of the RTC’s
construction efforts to date, we have removed approximately 4 million pounds of garbage – auto
parts, refrigerators, tires and other solid waste; and will be removing 460 million pounds of
whitetop and whitetop infested soil.

The RTC went well above the minimum mitigation standards to create a sustainable project that meets
both environmental and regional congestion relief goals. After construction of the road, we will
have also restored over 170 acres of wetlands and riparian habitat; provided for the removal and
sequestration of potentially hazardous materials, and constructed a bicycle and pedestrian
multi-use trail.  This effort will, as the court recognized, provide a net environmental benefit to
the area, carried out in compliance with applicable local, state, and federal law.”

Features of the project include a 5.5 mile roadway linking Sparks to south Reno; a paved multi-use
path that will parallel the road; converting seven acres of unhealthy wetlands into an 80 acre
self-sustaining wetland complex; and sequestering soil with high levels of mercury under the new
roadway estimated to permanently remove 22,000 pounds of mercury from being exposed to the
environment.


The project is on schedule to be completed in late 2017.  For project information, go to
http://southeastconnector.com.




PEMBROKE DRIVE TRAFFIC CONTROLS BEGIN NOV. 23 [36kB]
11/20/2015 :


Reno, NV (Nov. 18, 2015) – Due to ongoing construction activities associated with the SouthEast
Connector, Pembroke Drive will be temporarily reduced to one lane near the Rosewood Lakes Golf
Course. A flagger will direct drivers, and drivers should plan for short delays from 7 a.m. to 7
p.m. from November 23 to 25. Traffic controls will ensure safety for everyone. Signage will notify
drivers as they approach this location.

The controls are needed to accommodate construction of a haul road associated with moving materials
for the SouthEast Connector project. Work on the project is continuing south of Pembroke Drive
including earth-moving and ongoing installation of environmental controls, such as silt fences,
straw waddles, and turbidity curtains. These environmental controls are installed to protect the
surrounding environment from and during construction. An additional 50 jobs will be generated
during this next stage of construction with that number increasing to 150 direct construction jobs
in the coming months.

When completed in late 2017, the SouthEast Connector will be a 5.5 mile roadway linking Sparks and
south Reno. The project also includes the creation of a new 80 acre wetland complex, planting more
than 600 new trees, a new paved multi-use path and 90 acres of riparian corridor. The roadway will
help accommodate growth, restore the environment and alleviate traffic congestion throughout the
region. For more information on the project, and to sign up for e-mail updates, go to:
http://southeastconnector.com.
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REGION RECOGONIZED FOR BEING BIKE FRIENDLY [36kB]
11/16/2015 :

Reno, NV (Nov. 16, 2015) – Reno, Sparks and Washoe County are being recognized as a bike friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists at the bronze level.  Among the criteria considered when awarding this designation were the number of arterial streets with bike lanes, total bike network mileage and amount of public education about bicycling.  Since 2004 alone, the RTC has installed more than 160 miles of bike lanes in the community.  The Truckee Meadows first received this designation in fall 2011, the first community in the state of the Nevada to receive the distinction. 

 

“We are dedicated to giving people transportation choices, and creating safety for the many ways people get around,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.  “This award is a validation of the RTC’s commitment to making safe accommodations for bicyclists creating a more vibrant community for everyone,” he added.

 

This summer the RTC completed installation of new bike lanes on Keystone Avenue from University Terrace to Coleman Drive – they are among only two bike facilities in the county designated with green pavement markings for heightened awareness of mode sharing.  The RTC is also responsible for installing the only buffered bike lanes in Nevada along Victorian Avenue/Nichols Boulevard, linking the Sparks Marina and Victorian Square.  Working with the public, the RTC is planning for the many ways people get around, as the RTC develops a Complete Streets Master Plan and updates the Reno/Sparks Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.  Complete Streets improve safety and mobility for all types of transportation.

 

For more information on the award, go to: http://bikeleague.org.

 




NINTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS LOWER COURT DECISION SOUTHEAST CONNECTOR CONTINUES ON SCHEDULE [36kB]
11/03/2015 :

Reno, NV (Nov. 2, 2015) – In a 3-0 decision, a panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth
Circuit upheld the denial of the motion for preliminary injunction to stop construction of the
SouthEast Connector issued by District Judge John A. Mendez of the U.S. District Court for the
Eastern District of California in June 2015. The requests for injunctive relief to both courts were
submitted by the Upper Southeast Communities Coalition, the plaintiff in a lawsuit against the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alleging violation of the Clean Water Act and failure to adequately
examine the project’s environmental impacts.

This decision follows another Federal court decision issued this summer. In July, the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the  Ninth Circuit in San Francisco denied the Upper Southeast Communities Coalition’s
request to issue an emergency injunction to stop construction of the SouthEast Connector pending
its appeal. The decision announced today by the Ninth Circuit was based on oral arguments heard on
October 19th on the Coalition’s appeal to the denial of the motion for preliminary injunction. The
Ninth Circuit stated in its unanimous decision issued today, “The record before us does not suggest
that the district court here relied on an erroneous legal premise, made clearly erroneous factual
findings, or abused its discretion in concluding that appellant failed to show a probability of
success on the merits.”

“The RTC is confident in the engineering, design and environmental work that went into developing
the project,” stated Lee Gibson, RTC Executive Director. Multiple alignments were considered for
the roadway – ultimately the best alignment was selected that had the least impact to residential
homes, commercial enterprises and the environment. The public provided input at nearly 200 public
meetings throughout the development and design of the project.

Construction of the SouthEast Connector continues on schedule. Currently, crews are continuing
construction of box culverts and a bridge over Yori Drain which ensures the road will be passable
during a major flood such as the region experienced in 1997. Piles will also be driven into the
ground to form the supports of four remaining bridges included in the final phase of the project.
Already, 4,000 tons of invasive weeds (whitetop) and soil containing seeds and roots have been
removed from the project site. The removal of whitetop will continue throughout the project. In the
coming days, construction work will begin south of Pembroke Drive and will move into the Rosewood
Lakes Golf Course.

Protecting and enhancing the natural environment is one of the key goals of the project. Throughout
construction of the new roadway, the RTC is working hand-in-hand with wildlife officials, cultural
resource experts, and dust control and storm water runoff officials as it relates to U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers Section 404 permit and other permits required for the project. Engineering of
the SouthEast Connector causes no net rise in flood water and in some cases, reduces flood waters
near homes.

Features of the project include a 5.5 mile roadway linking Sparks to south Reno; a paved multi-use
path that will parallel the road; removal of trash and debris; converting seven acres of unhealthy
wetlands into an 80 acre self- sustaining wetland complex; and sequestering soil with high levels
of mercury under the new roadway. The RTC’s plan for   historic mercury left over from the Comstock
mining days is estimated to permanently remove 22,000 pounds of mercury from being exposed to the
environment.  “It is evident the SouthEast Connector benefits the environment,” said Lee Gibson.
The project is on schedule to be completed in late 2017.  For project information, go to
http://southeastconnector.com.




RTC RECEIVES AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION AWARDS [36kB]
10/23/2015 :


Reno, NV (Oct. 16, 2015) – The Nevada Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) awarded
the RTC’s 4th Street/Prater Way Corridor Plan two DeBoer Awards at its fall conference at the
University of Nevada, Reno. The plan received the 2015 Outstanding Plan and 2015 Outstanding
Environmental or Cultural Plan.
This plan is the basis for the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project now under
development. The project includes acquiring four new electric buses and adding bus stations that
will include artistic features and historical information about the corridor. Additionally, bike
lanes will be installed and wider sidewalks to enhance pedestrian activity and improve ADA access.
The project will better link Downtown Reno and Downtown Sparks, connecting people to educational
opportunities and more than 45,000 jobs in the 4th Street/Prater Way and Virginia Street corridors.
To learn more about the project visit www.4thPrater.com.


RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson also received recognition from the APA. He is the recipient of
the 2015 President’s Award for his leadership  and contributions to the Nevada planning community. 
Gibson directs an agency budget that exceeds $300 million and manages a staff of 68 professional
employees who manage  planning, design, construction and operations of highway and transit
projects. Gibson was appointed to his position at the RTC in 2009.
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PUBLIC HEARING FOR DISPARITY STUDY [36kB]
10/16/2015 :


Reno, NV (Oct. 16, 2015) – The RTC, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority and NDOT are committed to ensuring
disadvantaged businesses, and businesses owned by women or minorities have equal ability to
participate in public projects. The RTC has a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program and
is conducting a disparity study with Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, McCarran International Airport
and Nevada Department of Transportation.

The study will measure the availability of minority and women-owned businesses to participate in
public contracts.  As part of the study, members of the public are encouraged to provide testimony
at a public hearing on Oct. 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at RTC’s location under the
I-580 freeway. The building is located at 2050 Villanova Drive. This is also an opportunity for
members of the public to learn more about the study, ask questions and become informed about the
RTC DBE program.

For more information on the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, and how to apply for
certification, go to: http://nevadadbe.com.
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PUBLIC INVITED TO SHARE IDEAS AT COMPLETE STREETS COMMUNITY WORKSHOP [36kB]
10/11/2015 :

Reno, NV (Oct. 11, 2015) – Complete Streets help to improve safety and mobility for all types of
transportation including transit, walking, biking and driving. Installation of complete street
elements have been shown to reduce crashes and reduce the severity of crashes. The RTC is holding a
community workshop as we work with the community to develop a Complete Streets Master Plan to help
identify future locations for Complete Street improvements.

The RTC recently finished several Complete Street Projects in the region including: Keystone
Avenue, Victorian Avenue, Nichol Boulevard, Arlington Avenue, Sutro Street and Plumas Street.
Complete Streets may have amenities such as: bike lanes, bus lanes, pedestrian flashing beacons and
street trees.

This will also be an opportunity for citizens to provide comments and feedback as the RTC updates
it Reno Sparks Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.
Community Workshop The Discovery Museum
4990 S. Center Street, Reno
Oct. 13/ 5-7 p.m.
RTC RAPID serves this location
For more information, go to http://www.rtcwashoe.com
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AUTHORITIES SEEK INFORMATION ON INCIDENTS AT SOUTHEAST CONNECTOR PROJECT SITE [36kB]
10/09/2015 :

Reno, NV (Oct. 9, 2015) – The RTC and local authorities are urging anyone with information on
several incidents at the SouthEast Connector project site to come forward. Recently, someone has
been opening gates and a fence was also cut. Witnesses have observed a woman in a Toyota Prius.

It is possible the woman may believe she is helping wild horses in the area, but in fact she is
putting them in jeopardy. With the gate open, or fences damaged, horses have access to sludge beds
where they can become stuck and die. Additionally, the vandalism has given the horses the ability
to reach Greg Street and Sparks Boulevard where there is traffic. The horses have also damaged
erosion control and other elements of the project. If repeated repairs continue to be necessary, it
could cost the taxpayers an additional $200,000.

“We absolutely do not agree with cutting fences or leaving gates open or vandalism of any kind. We
do not want anyone putting these animals in harm’s way,” Kelly Hyatt, a volunteer with the Hidden
Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund and Virginia Range Sanctuary said.

Another incident occurred Tuesday night when someone broke into storage sheds at the project site,
stealing approximately $200,000 worth of equipment and supplies. The items belonged to Granite
Construction, which is the company building the SouthEast Connector. Additional security and
anti-theft measures are now in place at the project site. A police report has been filed, and
anyone with information is urged to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s   Office.

Attached, please find photos of the fence vandalism approved for publication/redistribution. A
photo is also attached showing a mare that became stuck in a sludge bed prior to the fences being
installed. The animal   was eventually able to free itself, it was cleaned and its vitals were
checked by the large animal rescue team. It was released unharmed.

A $1,000 Secret Witness reward is being offered in connection with the thefts. Remain anonymous by
calling 322-4900.




RTC ENCOURAGES YOUTHS TO WALK TO SCHOOL [36kB]
10/05/2015 :

Reno, NV (Oct. 5, 2015) – International Walk to School Day is October 7, and members of the RTC
staff will join kids in walking to local schools. The event helps teach youths about safety and
encourages a healthy lifestyle on October 7  and throughout the year.

“This day is really about teaching kids skills that will be important the rest of their lives, such
as: how to safely cross a street, what traffic signals mean and the benefits of exercise and good
health,” Washoe County School Police Officer and Safe Routes to School Coordinator MJ McCloud said.

The RTC is a partner in the Safe Routes to School program, which teaches safety skills to local
students year-round.

“We’re proud that our projects not only create safety, but we are constantly working hard to
educate and inform the public on ways to be safe. Reaching kids helps instill the good fundamentals
of safety and healthy lifestyles from early on in life,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.

The RTC staff will walk with Libby Booth Elementary School students is located at 1450 Stewart
Street in Reno. The walk will begin at 8:25 a.m.at Wilkinson Park at 1299 E. Taylor Street in Reno.
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RTC DEBUTS PINK EACH ONE. TELL ONE. BUS [36kB]
09/28/2015 :

Reno, NV (September 22, 2015) – The RTC is helping raise awareness about dense breast tissue
working with the local non-profit, Each One. Tell One. A pink bus sponsored by Renown Regional
Medical Center and Grafics Unlimited will be debuted under the Reno Arch on Thursday, Sept. 24 at
10 a.m. The bus is part of a larger campaign by Each One. Tell One. launching its inaugural
awareness campaign to educate Nevadans about dense breast tissue which may make cancer more
difficult to detect during a mammogram and an additional exam, such as an Ultrasound or MRI, can
find more and smaller cancers than can be detected by mammography alone.

“My cancer was caught early and that has made all the difference in treating it,” RTC Chair Neoma
Jardon said. “This bus is an important reminder for women to tell each other to get regular
screenings, and that additional exams might be needed to detect cancer for women with dense breast
tissue.”

The pink bus will serve the RTC RAPID line, which includes much of Virginia Street. It is the most
popular line in the RTC transit system with 7,000 trips taken daily.
Please join the RTC and its partners for the unveiling of the pink bus:

What: Debut of Each One. Tell One. Bus
Where: Under the Arch on Virginia Street
Who: Representatives from Each One. Tell One., Renown Health and RTC.
When: Thursday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m.
When: Thursday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m.
Why: To raise awareness about dense breast tissue and an additional exam may be needed to find
cancers sooner.




PUBLIC INVITED TO SHARE IDEAS AT COMPLETE STREETS COMMUNITY WORKSHOP [36kB]
09/28/2015 :

Reno, NV (Sept. 25, 2015) – Complete Streets help to improve safety and mobility for all types of
transportation including transit, walking, biking and driving. Installation of complete street
elements have been shown to reduce crashes and reduce the severity of crashes. The RTC is holding
two community workshops to begin development of the Complete Streets Master Plan with input from
the public to help identify future locations for Complete Street improvements.

The RTC recently finished several Complete Street Projects in the region including: Keystone
Avenue, Victorian Avenue, Nichol Boulevard, Arlington Avenue, Sutro Street and Plumas Street.
Complete Streets may have amenities such as: bike lanes, bus lanes, pedestrian flashing beacons and
street trees. Residents can attend either workshop.

This will also be an opportunity for citizens to provide comments and feedback as the RTC updates
it Reno Sparks Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.


Community Workshop in Sparks
RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA
Parking is across the street Sept. 29/ 5-7 p.m.
RTC Routes 2, 4, 11, 2, 25, 26 and 54 serve this location

Community Workshop in Reno
The Discovery Museum
4990 S. Center Street Oct. 13/ 5-7 p.m.
RTC RAPID serves this location




PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR PAVEMENT STUDY [36kB]
09/28/2015 :

Reno, NV (Sept. 22, 2015) – The University of California, Davis is seeking participants for a study
on how pavement seal treatments are perceived by bicyclists. The study involves participants riding
on road surfaces and reporting to university students on the roughness or smoothness of the ride.
The data from the study will help RTC determine what types of pavement treatments are both
effective at extending the life of a road and providing smoother roadways to bicyclists.

UC Davis is seeking participants for the study, and those interested should email
bikestudy@ucdavis.edu. All types of riders are sought and participants will receive $40. Selected
participants will meet Saturday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. at Reno City Hall.

The RTC’s pavement preservation program maintains the regional road network, and treatments can
double the life of roadways. Maintaining roads in  cost effective to the taxpayers
roadways. Maintaining roads in
than reconstructing failed roads.




DATA COLLECTION FOR RTC TRAVEL STUDY NOW UNDERWAY [36kB]
09/16/2015 :

Reno, NV (Sept. 16, 2015) – The RTC is currently conducting an extensive Transportation Travel
Survey with data collection now underway. Within the overall study there are three separate
surveying components: the Visitors Survey, the On-Board Survey, and the Household Travel Survey. In
all surveys, participants are being interviewed about their daily travel patterns. Information
collected is confidential and analyzed as a whole, not ultimately linked to a specific name.
Additionally, the data will be used solely for transportation planning purposes throughout the
Truckee Meadows.

“The information we collect in these surveys is going to be an integral part of our ongoing
transportation planning efforts and programs,” said Amy Cummings, RTC Director of Planning,
overseeing the study. “We sincerely appreciate the   time and input of the residents who live in
the communities served by the RTC as well as visitors to the Truckee Meadows area.”

All surveys are being conducted by NuStats Research Solutions, an independent, accredited survey
research company. NuStats has implemented previous transportation-related studies in Reno, Lake
Tahoe, Sacramento, San Francisco and throughout the United States. For additional details about the
current travel surveys, please visit:
Survey.com or call 877-221-7828. Anyone with questions may contact RTC Project Manager Xuan Wang at
332-9521.




RTC OFFERS EXPRESS SERVICE TO THE GREAT RENO BALLOON RACE [36kB]
09/02/2015 :

Reno, NV (September 2, 2015) – Unique, colorful hot air balloons will float over Reno again this
year, delighting audiences. The majestic show starts early, but RTC is operating! RTC is offering
express service to the Great Reno Balloon Race on Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September
13th. The express service provides a convenient alternative to avoid traffic and finding a parking
space. RTC has traditionally offered this express service since the 1980s.

RTC express bus service will run every 30 minutes between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. for drop off and pick
up inside  Rancho San  Rafael Park, where there will be views of the balloons taking flight. Get on
the bus at: Reed High School, the Reno-  Sparks Convention Center’s parking lot C or RTC 4TH STREET
STATION. Parking is free at Reed High School and  the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The last bus
departs Rancho San Rafael at 10 a.m.

Riders will pay the standard cash fare or they may use their transit passes. The two-way onboard
cash fare is $5 for adults with discounts for seniors and youths.




PLANNED INTERSECTION CLOSURES AS CORRECTIVE MAINTENANCE CONTINUES [36kB]
07/30/2015 :

Reno, Nev. (July 28, 2015) – The RTC is currently creating safer conditions and smoother pavement as corrective maintenance projects continue in Sparks.  As work progresses, it will be necessary to close the intersection of Victorian Avenue and 16th Street to through traffic on Wednesday, July 29.  The closure will begin at about 6 a.m. and conclude at about 6 p.m.  A short detour is available, and signage will assist drivers.

In addition to the reconstruction of the roadway, a new water main is being installed on behalf of the Truckee Meadows Water Authority.  TMWA will notify any affected customers in advance of any interruption in water service.  The same project will also require the planned closure of Victorian Avenue and Rock Boulevard on Saturday, August 1.

This is a $1.2 million investment in our community funded through fuel tax.  For updated traffic control information, go to http://www.rtcwashoe.com and click on Streets and Highways.




$10,000 REWARD OFFERED IN CONNECTION WITH BUS VANDALISM [36kB]
07/28/2015 :

Reno, Nev. (July 28, 2015) – MV Transportation, which employs the RTC drivers, and the RTC are each
contributing $5,000 toward a reward to bring whoever is responsible for a recent string of vandalism targeting
RTC buses to justice. The $10,000 reward will be paid out to anyone providing information to law
enforcement that leads to an arrest and
prosecution in the case.

Last night, July 27, two windows were shot out by pellets or BBs on a route 2 bus. About a dozen
people were on  board the bus when the incident happened, and fortunately no one was injured.
During the past four and a half weeks, 19 windows have been shot out in a similar manner while
buses have been on route. The vandalism has happened in both Sparks and Reno, but seems
concentrated around Greenbrae Drive.

Last night’s incident happened at Rock Boulevard and York Way in Sparks at about 11:45 p.m. Since
all the incidents have happened at night, the RTC has made the difficult decision to stop route 2
bus service early. For the safety and security of passengers, route 2 service will stop at 7 p.m.
and not begin again until 4:30 a.m.

“We know for many people the bus is their only method of transportation, we’ve never before had to
take this step. However, safety of the passengers and drivers is our top priority,” RTC Executive
Director Lee Gibson said.

Passengers who typically ride route 2 after 7 p.m. are urged to make alternate transportation
plans. Stopping route 2 at 7 p.m. may continue indefinitely until a suspect or suspects are located
or until the incidents stop. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sparks Police
Department:
Krall, Peter J Police Lieutenant Police Dept Patrol
pkrall@cityofsparks.us (775) 353-2241 x5542




RTC TO BEGIN IMPROVEMENTS ON KEYSTONE AVENUE [36kB]
07/20/2015 :

Reno, NV (July 20, 2015) – The RTC is beginning a major improvement project on Keystone Avenue on
Wednesday, July 22. The work will last about two weeks. The project is designed to enhance safety,
support the many ways people get around and extend the life of the roadway.


From University Terrace to Coleman Drive: new bike lanes will be created, deteriorating sidewalks
will be replaced and vehicle travel lanes will be reduced from two lanes in each direction to one
in each direction. The improvements will create a Complete Street, which is a street with separate
spaces for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. Complete Streets give people transportation
options and have been shown to reduce crashes and enhance safety.


The project also includes a flashing beacon at the intersection of Kings Row and Keystone Avenue to
alert drivers to crossing pedestrians. New crosswalks will also be installed near the intersection
of Keystone Avenue and Gear Street. Additionally, pedestrian ramps near Kings Row will be brought
into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


The project also involves a new slurry seal for Keystone Avenue from 7th Street to McCarran
Boulevard. This treatment will greatly extend the life of the roadway protecting the community’s
investment. Compared with reconstructing a failed road, properly maintaining roadways saves
substantial taxpayer dollars.


All of the improvements were developed with extensive community input and guidance from the Reno
City Council. This is a
$350,000 project funded through local fuel tax. During construction, drivers should expect short
delays and periodic lane closures. Access will be preserved to businesses during construction. To
learn more, go to http://www.RTCwashoe.com and
closures. Access will be preser
click on Planning or Hot Topics.




RTC PROJECT WINS NATIONAL AWARD [36kB]
07/14/2015 :

Reno, NV (July 15, 2015) – The RTC’s 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit (BRT) Project has been
selected to receive a Transportation Planning Excellence Award by the United States Department of
Transportation. The RTC’s project is only one of eight nationally to receive the honor.

The project, which will begin construction in 2017, will make Downtown Reno more connected with
Downtown Sparks. Between RTC 4TH STREET STATION in Reno and RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA in Sparks,
sidewalks will be widened and improved, to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Bike lanes, new lighting and landscaping will also be added. The project will also mean the
addition of four new all electric buses to the RTC fleet to serve the route. The project will
improve mobility for all modes of transportation and enhance safety for everyone.

“It’s important to recognize the creative efforts of the nation’s transportation planners,” said
Acting Federal Transit Administrator Therese W. McMillan. “RTC project leaders expect the BRT line
will spur economic development and improve quality of life in an area where more than half of
residents are low income by connecting them to jobs and educational opportunities.”

“This project directly connects people to the region’s educational institutions and more than 7,000
jobs in the 4th Street/Prater Way corridor, plus nearly 39,000 jobs in the heart of Reno that are
accessible on our existing RTC RAPID BRT line,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said. “We are
proud to receive this recognition and thank the community for their partnership in developing this
project.”

Among the judging criteria were: public involvement, innovation and effectiveness and potential for
long term benefits. This honor follows a $16 million federal grant for the project.
To learn more about the project, go to: http://4thprater.com.




TRAFFIC CONTROLS IN PLACE FOR SPARKS CORRECTIVE MAINTENANCE [36kB]
06/30/2015 :

Reno, NV (June 26, 2015) – The RTC is working on several important corrective maintenance projects
in Sparks that will improve safety and pavement conditions. Traffic controls will be in place, and
drivers should plan for possible short delays.

Sparks Boulevard
Sparks Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in the northbound direction, just north of Prater Way.
A new barrier rail is being installed to enhance safety. Work will take place from Monday, June 29
to Wednesday, July 1. The speed limit
in the project area will also be reduced to 25 miles per hour for everyone’s safety. Never speed in
construction zones,
and always look for construction workers and pedestrians.

Rock Boulevard/Victorian Avenue
Rock Boulevard will be closed at Victorian Avenue for installation of a water main on Saturday,
June 27 from 5 a.m. to   8 p.m. A detour will be in place. Additionally, lane reductions will be in
place on Victorian Avenue from June 29 to July 2 from Rock Boulevard to 16th Street.

Silverada Boulevard
Pavement will be rehabilitated, making a smoother surface and creating safer conditions. Work will
take place between Oddie Boulevard and 9th Street. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in the
northbound direction from June 30 to July 2.

For updated information on traffic controls and road projects, and to sign up to receive e-mail
notifications, go to
For updated information on traffic controls and road proje
http://rtcwashoe.com and click on Streets and Highways.




TAKE THE RTC’S ONLINE SURVEY ON THE FUTURE OF VIRGINIA STREET [36kB]
06/30/2015 :

Reno, NV (June 26, 2015) – Public input and participation is the foundation of the work the RTC
does! We are encouraging everyone to take our online survey on the future of Virginia Street. This
input is valuable as the design phase of the Virginia Street RAPID Transit Extension Project moves
forward.

The project proposes to extend RAPID bus service up to UNR. This would improve connectivity between
UNR, Downtown Reno and Midtown. The project also seeks to improve conditions for pedestrians,
transit riders and bicyclists in the Virginia Street Corridor in Midtown and near UNR.
Additionally, the project considers parking needs and would make the area accessible to everyone
under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

To learn more about the project, and take the survey, go to http://virginiastreetrapidextension.com
or http://rtcwashoe.com and click on Hot Topics. The survey will be live through July 17. The Reno
City Council will  receive the results of the survey prior to the Council’s meeting on July 22 in
which the project will be discussed. People may also wish to provide comments at the Council
meeting.
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DUMP THE PUMP AND RIDE TRANSIT FOR FREE ON JUNE 18 [36kB]
06/11/2015 :

Reno, NV (June 11, 2015) – With gas prices on the rise, the RTC is inviting you to Dump the Pump!
As part of this national movement, people may ride RTC transit services for free on Thursday, June
18th. In addition to riding transit, people may participate simply by walking, biking or
carpooling. This is the tenth year for Dump the Pump, which is a national movement sponsored by the
American Public Transportation Association.

“This is a great opportunity for people to try out transit for the first time,” RTC Executive
Director Lee Gibson said. “Plus, using transit reduces traffic congestion and reduces pollution
from vehicles,” Gibson added.

People who Dump the Pump, and record their trips will receive an appreciation prize and be eligible
for other giveaways. Trips can be recorded between June 18th and July 31st at:
http://www.rtcwashoe.greenride.com. The more trips that are recorded, the more chances a person has
to win a giveaway worth $100.

Bus riders who record their green trips are eligible to win a Samsung - Galaxy Tab 3.7.0 Lite - 7"
Tablet. Walkers recording trips have the chance to win a Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep
Tracker. Bike riders recording their green trips could win two Mini Monkey Lights by Monkey
Electric LLC plus an Adult RTC RIDE 10-Ride transit pass.
green trips could win two Mini Monkey Lights by Monkey Electric LLC plus an A
Those recording their carpool trip could win a JBL Flip Portable Stereo Speaker.




COMMUNITY INVITED TO PROVIDE COMMENTS AND IDEAS ON VIRGINIA STREET’S FUTURE [36kB]
06/11/2015 :

Reno, Nev. (June 11, 2015) – The RTC is inviting the community to provide comments and ideas on the
future of Virginia Street as part of the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project. The
workshop will allow the public to review design alternatives for Virginia Street. The alternatives
being presented include improvements for Virginia   Street from Maple Street to 15th Street near
the University of Nevada, Reno and from Liberty Street to Plumb Lane in Midtown that have been
developed with public input to date.

Based on input received so far, some proposed enhancements include: wider sidewalks, new bike
amenities, providing parking and extending RAPID bus service north to UNR with new transit stations
and intersection improvements. The project is also intended to better connect the University to
Downtown Reno and Downtown to points south including Midtown. The extension of RTC RAPID would
eliminate the need for a transfer at RTC 4TH STREET STATION to reach UNR, saving travelers’
valuable time. The project will also support economic growth and redevelopment along Virginia
Street and throughout the region. Additionally, it will help create a safer community that is
accessible to everyone under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

For more information on this project, visit the project website at:
www.virginiastreetRAPIDextension.com. Public comments may be submitted until the preliminary design
phase is completed in September.


Community Workshop Thursday, June 18
5 to 7 p.m. (A brief presentation will take place at 5:15)
The Discovery Museum 490 South Center Street Reno, NV 89501


The Discovery Museum location is served by RTC RAPID. For eligible RTC ACCESS reservations, call
(775) 348- 5438. Pursuant to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, special
accommodations may be requested by calling
5438. Pursuant to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities A
(775) 348-0480 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.




DATA COLLECTION FOR HOUSEHOLD TRAVEL SURVEY PILOT STUDY, SPONSORED BY RTC, BEGINS THIS MONTH [36kB]
06/08/2015 :

Reno, NV (June 8, 2015) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) will be conducting a Household Travel Survey in late summer, however, a pilot test for this survey begins this month with travel data being collected from June 16 through July 2. In the pilot study, as well as the formal survey, a statistically valid sample will be interviewed about their daily travel patterns. The interviews will utilize multiple types of data collection, ranging from daily written logs (or diaries) to GPS units and cell phone applications. Information collected will be confidential and analyzed as a whole, not ultimately linked to a specific name. Additionally, the data will be used solely for transportation planning purposes throughout the Truckee Meadows.

 

“We sincerely appreciate the participation of Washoe County residents as we could not effectively gather this data without them,” said Amy Cummings, RTC Director of Planning, overseeing the study. “The information we collect is key to ongoing transportation planning efforts and programs,” she said.

 

In addition to the Household Travel Survey, the RTC also will be conducting an Onboard Travel Survey on RTC transit services and a Visitors Travel Survey. All surveys are being conducted by NuStats Research Solutions, an independent, accredited survey research company. NuStats has implemented previous transportation-related studies in Reno, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, San Francisco and throughout the United States. For additional details about the current travel surveys, please visit: www.RTCSurvey.com or call 877-221-7828.

 




STUFF-A-BUS FOR SENIORS THIS MAY [38kB]
05/15/2015 :

Reno, NV (May 15, 2015) – The RTC is teaming up with the City of Reno and Washoe County Senior Services to help seniors in need in the community.  May 18th through May 29th, members of the public are encouraged to drop off items for seniors at several public locations and at the locations of sponsors throughout the area.  Donation barrels will be collected by a RTC bus, with the goal of filling it with items.

 

“The drive provides seniors with critical, basic items that, sadly, sometimes can be unaffordable,” RTC Board Chair Neoma Jardon said.

 

“There are many drives that take place around the holidays, but the need in the community is year-round, that’s why Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors is so important,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.

 

Some of the requested items include: slippers, lightweight sweaters, jackets and men’s/women’s pajamas, bathroom towels and washcloths, small air circulation fans, adult diapers, grocery and pharmacy gift cards and transit passes.

 

For drop off locations, and a complete list of items requested, go to http://RTCwashoe.com and click on Hot Topics.

 

The drive takes place during Older Americans Month and the drive will conclude with an event at the Aces Ballpark on May 29th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  That evening, a RTC bus will be at the ballpark for people to stuff full of donations.  Everyone who donates at the May 29th event will receive a buy one ticket, get one free deal for one of three Aces games on June 1-3.




KEY PERMIT ISSUED FOR SOUTHEAST CONNECTOR PROJECT [40kB]
04/16/2015 :

Reno, NV (April 16, 2015) – The United States Army Corps of Engineers has approved and issued a key permit needed under section 404 of the Clean Water Act for completion of the SouthEast Connector project.  The approval means the next phase of construction may move forward.

 

As anticipated, the permit requires some conditions, which RTC will comply with.  The Corps did not require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), realign the path of the roadway or make any alterations to the project, which is a validation of the solid design, engineering and environmental work that has been done by RTC.

 

“The SouthEast Connector is much more than a needed roadway; it provides numerous benefits to the environment.  I’m pleased the Corps has recognized those benefits in approving RTC’s application,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.

 

The Corps noted RTC’s innovative plan to help stop the spread of historic mercury within the SouthEast Connector Corridor.  The plan calls for soil with higher concentrations of mercury to be permanently stored under the roadway and removed from exposure to ground water and the human environment.  Currently, mercury is being spread by any flood events.  Advanced modeling shows this plan will remove 22,000 pounds of mercury from further exposure to the environment.  The permit review found that RTC’s mercury mitigation plan is “protective of human health and the environment.”

 

Additionally, RTC is planning habitat restoration and other efforts to improve water quality and reduce erosion.  The project will help the area return to a more natural floodplain.  The project has been shown to reduce flood water elevations near homes and other buildings.

 

The SouthEast Connector will also help improve air quality.  Modeling shows the roadway is needed to accommodate future growth and growth that has already occurred in the region.  The project will reduce traffic congestion and the amount of idling vehicles, preventing pollution.  A paved, multi-use path will also parallel the entire roadway, enabling people to make green trips, such as walking and biking while enjoying the natural environment and scenic views.

 

The first phase of the SouthEast Connector was substantially completed in July – ahead of schedule and under budget.  The next phase will begin in the coming weeks and be marked by a community groundbreaking event.  Full completion of the project is expected in late 2017.  The remainder of the road to be constructed is about four and a half miles of the overall five and a half mile roadway.  When completed, the SouthEast Connector will be dubbed Veterans Parkway, and will link Sparks to south Reno.  The complete permit application and permit conditions will be available at: http://SouthEastConnector.com and http://RTCwashoe.com.




CARSON CITY FREEWAY HIGHLIGHTS KEY ROLE OF FEDERAL FUNDS [36kB]
04/06/2015 :

Reno, NV (April 3, 2015) – Nevada is facing a $26 billion shortfall in transportation funding
during the next 20 years. Transportation planning, improvement, maintenance and transit agencies
throughout the state are coming together to urge everyone to Stand Up 4 Transportation. Thursday,
April 9 is Stand Up 4 Transportation Day, a nationwide event organized by the American Public
Transportation Association (APTA). With the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act
(MAP-21) federal funding set to expire at the end of May, transportation leaders are asking
Congress to pass a new long-term funding bill for surface transportation.

Federal funds are critical for transportation and transit projects in Northern Nevada. One example:
the next phase of  the Carson City Freeway will begin construction this summer largely as a result
of federal investment. This key phase will extend I-580 south of Fairview Drive to southern Carson
City, fully opening the freeway to traffic and providing a connection with US 50. This important
project will not only improve mobility throughout Nevada’s capital city, but enable drivers to more
efficiently reach Lake Tahoe and Douglas County. In Washoe County, thanks to MAP-21, one  of the
busiest intersections in the region is being improved to ease traffic congestion. The improvements
at Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard in Sparks will also enhance safety at this high-crash
location. In May, MAP-21 will also enable the RTC of Washoe County to put 15 new paratransit
vehicles on the streets. Most projects planned for, in, and connecting the Lake Tahoe Basin require
matching funds to meet the needs of more than 8 million annual visits. One  of the major of
projects is the US 50 Community Revitalization in South Lake Tahoe.

Please join transportation leaders at the future site of the Carson City Freeway for an exclusive
look at the path of the roadway prior to construction, remarks on federal funding challenges and
opportunities for one-on-one interviews.

When: April 9, 2 p.m.
Where: Future Path of I-580 in Carson City. Heading south on S. Carson Street, take a left on Clear
Creek Avenue just south of the intersection of S. Carson Street and US 50. Travel directly north
past Western Nevada
Supply and onto dirt roadway.
Who: Key Transportation Leaders and Decision-Makers
Who: Key Transportation Leaders and Decision-Makers
Why: Nevada is Facing a $26 Billion Transportation Funding Shortfall




RTC PROVIDING FREE RIDES ON 60-FOOT ELECTRIC BUS [36kB]
03/17/2015 :

Reno, NV (March 17, 2015) – Tonight from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. the RTC is providing free rides on a
60-foot electric bus on its Virginia Street route. The RTC is considering the model, which is
designed and built in the United States, for potential acquisition in the future.

The BYD (Build Your Dreams) bus is articulated and able to seat 120 passengers. Its manufacturer
states that it has a range of 170 miles, produces zero emissions, has a non-toxic battery, is the
largest battery electric vehicle in the world and has silent operations. The bus may be
distinguished by its gold color scheme.

“The RTC prides itself on sustainability and being a leader in new, clean technology,” Executive
Director Lee Gibson said. “Many communities around the world are looking to us for advice and
leadership on the technology we are deploying,” he added.

The RTC currently utilizes articulated buses that are diesel-electric hybrids to serve the downtown
Virginia Street route known as RAPID. The route is one of the most popular and fastest growing
routes in the transit system. The RTC added four fully electric buses to its fleet last year, which
currently serve the SIERRA SPIRIT route, which is the downtown Reno circulator. Thanks to federal
funding, the RTC will acquire four more electric buses to operate  between downtown Reno and
downtown Sparks.

Additionally, to help people celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day safety, all regularly scheduled RTC
transit services will be free tonight from 4 p.m. to midnight. The downtown circulator bus, the
SIERRA SPIRIT, will also have extended operations until midnight.

To learn more about the 60-foot electric bus, visit the manufacturer’s web site:
http://www.byd.com/na/auto/60feet.html.
To learn more about the 60-foot electric bus, visit the manufacturer’s web site:
http://www.byd.com/na/a
Attached, members of the media will find photos of the bus approved for redistribution and
publication.




RTC BEGINS RELOCATION OF EFFLUENT LINE [36kB]
03/10/2015 :

Reno, NV (March 9, 2015) – The RTC is beginning the process of moving an effluent line in relation to the SouthEast Connector project on Monday, March 9.  People in the area may notice increased construction-related activity taking place north of Pembroke Drive across the street from the Rosewood Lakes Golf Course. No closures or significant traffic impacts are associated with this work.

The line will be moved west of its current location five hundred to a thousand feet.  Moving the line will ensure reclaimed water will continue to reach the irrigation systems for Rosewood Lake Golf Course, Mira Loma Park, and UNR Farms.  This will help ensure continued operations of the golf course in the upcoming seasons.

The work is in full compliance with all legal requirements and regulatory policies and procedures.  The US Army Corps of Engineers continues to consider the RTC’s application for a permit under the Clean Water Act needed for the second and final phase of the SouthEast Connector project.  The RTC confirmed with the USACE that no permit is needed in order to move the effluent line.  Crews will be finished moving the line in August.

Additionally, people may notice on-going surveys happening periodically at the SouthEast Connector site as part of the RTC’s commitment to monitor and protect wildlife.

When completed, the SouthEast Connector will link Sparks to south Reno.  The overall 5.5 mile roadway will provide vital congestion relief, feature a paved multi-use path and create a new 80 acre wetland complex.  The first phase, which involved the construction of two bridges and the first mile of roadway, was completed in the summer.

For updates on the SouthEast Connector, go to http://SouthEastConnector.com. 




MAYBERRY DRIVE RECONSTRUCTION OPEN HOUSE [36kB]
03/09/2015 :

Reno, NV (March 5, 2015) – The RTC is encouraging the community to learn more about the impacts of the reconstruction of Mayberry Drive by attending an informational open house.  The open house will be held March 12 at Hunter Lake Elementary School at 909 Hunter Lake Drive in Reno from 5 to 6 p.m.  There will not be a formal presentation, but people will have the opportunity get their questions answered from the project team and receive information about the impacts to traffic and access.

The reconstruction project will begin March 23 with shoulder closures from Charles Drive to Hunter Lake Drive.  Starting on March 28, and continuing through mid-April, Mayberry Drive will be closed to all but residents, emergency vehicles and delivery vehicles.  The closure to all but local traffic will be from Charles Drive to Hunter Lake Drive.  Detour signs will assist drivers to get around the closure.  The closure will take place during spring break for students at nearby Hunter Lake Elementary School in order to minimize disruptions.  The closure will last about two weeks.  The full closure of the intersection of Hunter Lake Drive and Mayberry Drive will be necessary shortly before the project wraps up in May.

This $1.1 million investment in the community will improve roadway conditions by fully replacing the existing pavement section.  Additionally, sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, curbs and gutters will be replaced as necessary.  The improvements, which include audible pedestrian cues, will make the area more accessible to everyone in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The traffic signal at Hunter Lake Drive and Mayberry Drive will also be partially replaced with more modern equipment – this will improve safety and reliability.

For updates on RTC projects, go to http://RTCwashoe.com.




RTC PROJECT FEATURED IN NATIONAL COMPLETE STREETS STUDY [36kB]
03/06/2015 :

Reno, NV (March 25, 2015) – Communities that used a Complete Streets approach to transportation
reduced the number of automobile collisions and injuries, and increased the number of people
biking, walking, and taking transit. These projects were inexpensive yet achieved core
transportation goals, and were also related to increased employment, higher property values,
increased net new businesses, and increased investment from the private sector according to new
research released by Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition. Complete Streets
provide separate spaces for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians.

Safer Streets, Stronger Economies analyzes data from 37 Complete Streets projects across the
country, and explores the outcomes communities got for their investment. Relying on information
collected by local departments of transportation and economic development, the new findings show
just how good an investment Complete Streets projects can be.

The RTC’s Wells Avenue Complete Streets Project was one of the 37 projects included in the
research. Completed in 2003, Wells Avenue was converted from two lanes each direction to one lane
each direction with an added center two- way left-turn lane, bike lane and wider sidewalks while
maintaining the on-street parking. Crashes, speeds and traffic volumes were all reduced as a
result.

Similar improvements resulted in a 46 percent crash reduction on Arlington Avenue. Crashes were
reduced 42 percent following Complete Streets improvements on California Street and Mayberry Drive.

“The before and after data from transportation departments show that Complete Streets projects can
be a tremendously good transportation investment,” said Geoff Anderson, President and CEO of Smart
Growth America.

“Complete Streets treatments enhance our health, our economy, and our region, creating a more
livable community and improved quality of life,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.

The RTC is beginning a Complete Streets Master Plan to identify locations for possible Complete
Streets improvements. The plan will also examine the safety benefits of Complete Streets projects.

Whether it’s planting trees or adding crosswalks, making travel lanes narrower or creating space
for people on bikes, hundreds of communities are changing how their streets look and work—and
getting a great return on public
hundreds of communities a
investment in the process.




RTC PROJECT FEATURED IN NATIONAL COMPLETE STREETS STUDY [36kB]
03/06/2015 :

Reno, NV (March 25, 2015) – Communities that used a Complete Streets approach to transportation
reduced the number of automobile collisions and injuries, and increased the number of people
biking, walking, and taking transit. These projects were inexpensive yet achieved core
transportation goals, and were also related to increased employment, higher property values,
increased net new businesses, and increased investment from the private sector according to new
research released by Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition. Complete Streets
provide separate spaces for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians.

Safer Streets, Stronger Economies analyzes data from 37 Complete Streets projects across the
country, and explores the outcomes communities got for their investment. Relying on information
collected by local departments of transportation and economic development, the new findings show
just how good an investment Complete Streets projects can be.

The RTC’s Wells Avenue Complete Streets Project was one of the 37 projects included in the
research. Completed in 2003, Wells Avenue was converted from two lanes each direction to one lane
each direction with an added center two- way left-turn lane, bike lane and wider sidewalks while
maintaining the on-street parking. Crashes, speeds and traffic volumes were all reduced as a
result.

Similar improvements resulted in a 46 percent crash reduction on Arlington Avenue. Crashes were
reduced 42 percent following Complete Streets improvements on California Street and Mayberry Drive.

“The before and after data from transportation departments show that Complete Streets projects can
be a tremendously good transportation investment,” said Geoff Anderson, President and CEO of Smart
Growth America.

“Complete Streets treatments enhance our health, our economy, and our region, creating a more
livable community and improved quality of life,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.

The RTC is beginning a Complete Streets Master Plan to identify locations for possible Complete
Streets improvements. The plan will also examine the safety benefits of Complete Streets projects.

Whether it’s planting trees or adding crosswalks, making travel lanes narrower or creating space
for people on bikes, hundreds of communities are changing how their streets look and work—and
getting a great return on public investment in the process. Read the full findings and learn more
at www.smartgrowthamerica.org/safer-streets-
investment in the pro
stronger-economies.




US GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL HONORS RTC [36kB]
03/04/2015 :

Reno, NV (March 4, 2015) – The US Green Building Council is honoring the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County for its commitment to the environment and sustainability.  The RTC was selected to receive the USGBC Nevada Community Organization Award.

“Through our peer review process we determined that your ‘above and beyond’ efforts are demonstrative of persistent hard work, sincerity and dedication to green building and sustainability in the community,” Lee Harris, a USGBC Nevada board member, stated.

“We are honored to be the recipient of this award.  Creating safe and healthy communities is a guiding principle at the RTC.  Our projects reduce traffic congestion and fewer idling vehicles reduces pollution.  Additionally, we perform corrective maintenance on roads using recycled materials – and these are just a few of our many efforts,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.  “The RTC is also proud to have put buses on the roads that produce no emissions and are unique in the state of Nevada,” Gibson added.

USGBC cited the RTC’s commitment to reduce emissions using alternative fuels for its transit services.  There are 16 diesel-electric hybrid buses in the fleet and four fully electric, zero emissions buses.  The RTC plans to acquire four more electric buses as part of a project to enhance public transit on 4th Street and Prater Way.

Moreover, as part of an ongoing commitment to the environment and safety, the largest project in the RTC’s history will feature numerous environmental benefits.  Construction of the SouthEast Connector project will create a new 80 acre wetland complex and more than 600 new trees will be planted.  The project will also remove 22-thousand pounds of historic mercury from exposure to the environment by permanently sequestering the soil with the highest concentration of mercury under the new roadway.  The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection stated the plan is “protective of human health and the environment.”  The RTC expects when the project is completed, it will be a national model for sustainable roadway design.

For more information on RTC transit services and projects, go to http://www.rtcwashoe.com.




DEMOLITION BEGINS FOR PYRAMID AND MCCARRAN INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT [36kB]
02/09/2015 :

Reno, NV (Feb. 3, 2015) – Demolition of homes near the Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard intersection is beginning this week as the RTC prepares for a major intersection improvement project.  The homes affected are on Sprout Way, Gault Way, Nelson Way and Lenwood Drive. Demolition is in advance of the actual construction of the intersection improvements, which will begin with a community ground breaking event that will be announced.

This project involves the right-of-way acquisition of 67 homes, three commercial properties and a church.  The RTC has worked, and continues to do so, with residents and property owners to ensure they are being relocated, without cost to them, to new homes and locations.  A hardship program assisted residents who needed to relocate more immediately prior to 2014, however most of the relocations happened within the past year and a half.  First responders will be utilizing some of the vacant homes for training purposes prior to the start of demolition.
   
The Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Improvement Project will reduce traffic congestion at this busy intersection.  One new lane in each direction will be added to Pyramid Way.  Dedicated turning lanes will also be added to both Pyramid and McCarran.  The project will add new sidewalks for pedestrians and a paved multi-use path that will parallel Pyramid on the eastern side.  Providing separate spaces for vehicles and pedestrians has been shown to enhance safety.  Additionally, trees will be near the path further beautifying the area.  Privacy screens with a decorative design, selected by the community, will be constructed.  The project will also result in an improved and safer configuration of the intersection of Pyramid and Queen Way.

The demolition will not result in traffic impacts on Pyramid or McCarran initially until late spring, however it may impact streets within the neighborhood. Residents are advised to exercise caution in the vicinity of demolition work and are reminded to keep away from demolished homes for their safety.

This is a $70 million investment is funded through Congestion Mitigation Air Quality federal funds and fuel tax.  The project is expected to be completed in 2017.

For regular updates on the project, go to http://pyramidmccarran.com.




RTC SETS NEW RIDERSHIP RECORD ON NEW YEAR’S EVE [39kB]
01/08/2015 :

People rang in 2015 responsibly by taking RTC transit services in big numbers. The RTC Free New Year’s Eve Safe RIDE service experienced record ridership. Transit services were free from 6 p.m. on New Year Eve to 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day. During this time 12,386 rides were taken on the system. Launched 30 years ago as a way to keep revelers from driving impaired and our roadways safe, records date back to 1988 and show no other year experienced more ridership.

This was a great opportunity for people who may not have every used transit to try it out for the first time, and the RTC encourages them to return as regular customers. This service would not have been possible without our event partners including: Renown Health, the Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, KOLO 8, Wood Rodgers, Inc., Club Cal Neva, REMSA, Morrey Distributing, Cumulous Media, Reno Firefighters Local 731, the RSCVA and Reno News & Review.

Ridership continues to steadily increase as more people become aware of it as evidenced by the approximately two-thousand more rides taken this year compared to 2013. The Safe RIDE program complements the statewide Zero Fatalities initiative.

To celebrate the three decade milestone event, the RTC created video presentations with the help from our sponsors, riders, elected leaders, media personalities and RTC board members and staff. They may be viewed by following RTC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Additionally, marketing collateral (flyers and route/schedule posters) were distributed throughout the community at gaming establishments, area bars and shopping centers. Washoe County and the cities of Reno and Sparks also partnered with RTC to promote the service through their social media pages. A special acknowledgement should also be given to these establishments for promoting the service via their outdoor electronic marquees: Atlantis, Baldini's, Grand Sierra Resort, Lawlor Events Center, Peppermill and the Nevada Department of Transportation.

 

 

 

The next Safe RIDE event is scheduled for St. Patrick's Day. For route and schedule information visit: www.rtcwashoe.com.


RTC OFFICES CLOSED ON JANUARY 1, RIDE ON A SUNDAY SCHEDULE [36kB]
12/31/2014 :

Reno, NV (Dec. 31, 2014) – RTC administrative offices and Passenger Services will be closed on Jan. 1.  RTC RIDE will be on a Sunday schedule.  The RTC SIERRA SPIRIT will operate on its normal schedule.  RTC INTERCITY will not be in operation.

For route and schedule information, go to http://RTCwashoe.com.  You can also search for Google Transit.

The RTC Board of Commissioners and staff members wish everyone a safe and happy 2015.




NEW BUS BOOK EFFECTIVE JAN. 4 [36kB]
12/31/2014 :

Reno, NV (Dec. 31, 2014) – How do you get around the Truckee Meadows?  What routes serve the Washoe County Senior Center, Wal Mart, Meadowood Mall, the Silver Legacy and the University of Nevada, Reno?  The answers are all in RTC’s bus book, which is being released in a new edition effective January 4.  Bus books cost 50 cents and are sold at RTC transit stations.  The bus books contain information in English and en Espanol.

This convenient guide helps travelers easily navigate the RTC system.  The newest bus book updates timing for routes 3, 13, and 25.  It also reflects the most current route for the SIERRA SPIRIT, which serves the downtown Reno area.  Schedule adjustments were also made for routes 7, 9 and 12.

The bus book in both English and Spanish is available for free on www.rtcwashoe.com.




RTC’S SAFE RIDE MARKS THIRTY YEARS [36kB]
12/22/2014 :

Reno, NV (Dec. 22, 2014) – The RTC is marking 30 years of helping people celebrate responsibly. The New Year’s Eve FREE Safe RIDE program brings together community partners to cover the cost of providing free transit service. All RTC transit services will be free on New Year’s Eve night starting at 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Our event partners include: Renown Health, the Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, KOLO 8, Wood Rodgers, Inc., Club Cal Neva, REMSA, Morrey Distributing, Reno Firefighters Local 731, the RSCVA and Reno News & Review.

The RTC is also producing thirty video testimonials to celebrate the milestone year with information on the benefits of the New Year’s Eve FREE Safe RIDE program. They may be viewed by following RTC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

For route and schedule information visit: www.rtcwashoe.com.




DONATE TO FOOD FOR FARE [38kB]
12/05/2014 :

Reno, NV (Dec. 5, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is teaming up with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada for the Food for Fare donation drive. On Thursday, December 11th and Friday, December 12th, people who donate non-perishable, non-expired food will be able to ride RTC transit services for free. The donations help support the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, which helps approximately 101-thousand people every month.

“Food is a basic necessity, and with the region still recovering from the great recession, so many would go hungry if not for the important work of the food bank. We are happy to partner with them in their efforts, and encourage others do donate food this holiday season and throughout the year,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.

This is the 22nd year for the Food for Fare drive, and this drive provides critical donations as the holiday season approaches. Donations will be accepted by coach operators as people board. Even those who are not riding the bus may drop off a donation with the coach operator at any RTC bus stop.

For information on routes and schedules, go to http://www.RTCwashoe.com or contact Passenger Services during regular hours at 348-RIDE.




GET A FREE FLU VACCINE AT CLINIC TUESDAY AT RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA [38kB]
12/05/2014 :

Reno, NV (Dec. 5, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is partnering with Immunize Nevada and the Washoe County Health District to provide vaccines at a clinic taking place at RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA on Victorian Avenue in Sparks on Tuesday, December 9. The clinic will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There is no parking available at RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA, but people may park in nearby surface lots.

Flu shots will be given to those six months and older. Insurance is accepted at the clinic, but it is not required.

“One of our guiding principles at the RTC is creating safe and healthy communities. This is a great opportunity for people to prevent getting sick, and we’re proud to partner with these agencies to provide these vaccines,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.

Dec. 7 through 13 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. In addition to the clinic at RTC, a clinic will take place Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Boys & Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows on Foster Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vaccines are on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. Go to http://www.influencenevada.org for more information.




PUBLIC INVITED TO OPEN HOUSE ON INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT [38kB]
12/01/2014 :

Reno, NV (Dec. 1, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is inviting everyone to an informational open house on planned improvements at the intersection of N. Virginia Street and N. McCarran Boulevard. The open house will take place at the Joe Crowley Building at UNR from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4th.  The meeting will be held on the third floor. This is an opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the project. Parking is available across from Lawlor Events Center.

In order to accommodate growth, widening of the intersection will take place. Additional left turn lanes will be added at three legs of the intersection. The traffic signal will be replaced at the intersection, as well as the signal at N. Virginia and Comstock Drive. A new sidewalk will also parallel Virginia Street from Comstock to McCarran, which increases safety for everyone. Bike lanes will also be added to connect to existing bike lanes. Ramps will be upgraded to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All these improvements will also enhance safety in the area, which is a high-crash location.

Work is expected to begin in spring 2015 with completion projected for autumn. This is an approximately $4 million investment in our community funded by Regional Road Impact Fees.

To receive informational messages about this and other projects, go to: http://RTCwashoe.com to sign up for e-mail updates.




THANKSGIVING AND FAMILY DAY SCHEDULE [35kB]
11/17/2014 : Reno, NV (Nov. 17, 2014) – RTC transit services will be on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27. Passenger Services and administrative offices will be closed. RTC INTERCITY will not operate. On Family Day, Nov. 28, RTC transit services will be on a regular weekday schedule. Passenger Services will be in operation, however administrative offices will be closed.


STUFF-A-BUS FOR SENIORS AND RECEIVE A SKATE RENTAL [39kB]
11/17/2014 :

Reno, NV (Nov. 17, 2014) –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 at the Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors event on Nov. 25 will receive a free skate rental for the ice rink at the Reno Aces ballpark.

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.

These items may be delivered on Nov. 25 during Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors or during the Senior Giving Tree drive from Nov. 18 through Dec. 16 at Reno City Hall (second floor) or at Evelyn Mount Community Center. Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors is a cooperative partnership between the City of Reno, Washoe County, City of Sparks, Reno Aces Baseball Club and the RTC.




MICHAEL MORENO WINS PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD [36kB]
11/17/2014 :

Reno, NV (Nov. 17, 2014) – RTC Public Affairs Administrator Michael Moreno has been selected by the Public Relations Society of America’s Sierra Nevada Chapter to receive the Mark Curtis, Sr., Professional of the Year Award. The award will be presented at a reception on Nov. 20.

Moreno has served at RTC for twelve years. He is responsible for public outreach, community engagement, government relations, marketing and branding among other duties. Moreno has been instrumental in coordinating the broad and comprehensive public outreach for the projects and programs the agency administers.

Prior to RTC, he was the local Chief of Staff for Senator Richard Bryan. Moreno also accomplished a twenty year career in the banking industry, giving him experience with community outreach and engagement.

Moreno has also served on numerous local and national boards and committees. These include: the Renown Hospital Community Advisory Board, UNR Diversity Committee, Secret Witness and the Girl Scouts of the USA.

The Mark Curtis Sr., Professional of the Year award is awarded to an individual with more than five years of experience.




ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES CLOSED VETERANS DAY [35kB]
11/06/2014 : Reno, NV (Nov. 5, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County's administrative offices will be closed on Veterans Day, November 11th. All transit services will continue to operate on a regular weekday schedule. Passenger Services will also be in operation, and may be reached at 348-RIDE during regular hours. Passengers may always find helpful information to plan trips at http://RTCwashoe.com.


FREE TRANSIT SERVICES TOMORROW [36kB]
11/03/2014 :

Reno, NV (Nov. 3, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is reminding everyone transit services will be free all day tomorrow, Tuesday, November 4th. This is a great opportunity for people to try out transit for the first time. This is also to show our appreciation of RTC riders.

Taking transit reduces pollution, saves money and avoids the hassle of finding parking. More than eight million rides are taken on the RTC system each year.

This free transit day coincides with Election Day. Transit is a great option for people to get to the polls, including individuals with mobility issues or lack of transportation.

Not all polling locations are served by transit, so it’s important for voters to plan their trips ahead of time. To plan a trip, go to http://RTCwashoe.com and click on Schedules and Maps or contact Passenger Services at: 348-RIDE.




ELECT TO TAKE FREE TRANSIT THIS ELECTION DAY [38kB]
10/28/2014 :

Reno, NV (October 28, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is encouraging people to elect to take transit on Tuesday, November 4th – all RTC transit services will be free. In addition to helping many people experience transit for the first time, this is a great option to easily get to the polls on Election Day. Polling locations in Washoe County are in operation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. However, for the convenience of voters, transit services are free the entire day. Unlike during early voting, people must cast ballots at their designated polling locations on Election Day. Polling locations are printed on sample ballots, or go to http://www.nvsos.gov to find your polling location.

“Increasing accessibility to the polls is a top priority in my role as the State's chief elections officer. I want to thank the Washoe RTC for providing transportation for those who might otherwise not be able to get to the polls and playing a role in strengthening the elections process,” Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller said.

“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.




ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES CLOSED ON NEVADA DAY [35kB]
10/27/2014 : Reno, NV (October 27, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County’s administrative offices will be closed on Nevada Day, Friday October 31st. All transit services will continue to operate on a typical weekday schedule. Passenger Services will also be in operation, and may be reached at 348-RIDE during regular hours. Passengers may always find helpful information to plan trips at http://RTCwashoe.com.


NATIONAL LEADERS TO ADDRESS TRANSPORTATION NEEDS AND FUNDING [40kB]
10/24/2014 :

Reno, NV (Oct. 24, 2014) – United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and United States Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez will join RTC officials to celebrate the transportation infrastructure investment in the 4th Street/Prater Way Corridor, helping create employment opportunities and economic growth in the region. The event is free and open to the public. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 28th at RTC 4TH STREET STATION near the intersection of 4th Street and Evans Avenue. RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson, the mayors of Reno and Sparks and other elected representatives will be in attendance.

This event comes as the RTC receives $16 million in federal funding for a significant project to enhance transit. The 4th Street/Prater Way RAPID Transit Project will enhance connectivity between downtown Reno and downtown Sparks. Senator Reid played a major role in securing the funding from U.S. DOT under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. The project involves adding four new all-electric, no emissions buses to the fleet to operate on 4th Street in Reno and Prater Way in Sparks. Also included in the project are wider sidewalks, the addition of bike lanes and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements. The project’s final design is anticipated to be finished in December 2015, and construction could begin in spring 2016.

The event also marks the grand opening of the 4th Street/Prater Way historical exhibition at RTC’s transit centers, 4TH STREET STATION in downtown Reno and CENTENNIAL PLAZA at Victorian Square in Sparks. Once part of the famous Lincoln Highway, the 4th Street/Prater Way Corridor played a key role in early growth of the region. “The exhibition highlights the historical heritage of the corridor and served as a unique and innovative element in developing the project,” Gibson said. A multi-media historical experience was developed and may be found at http://RenoHistorical.org or by getting the Reno Historical app.

For more information on the project, go to: http://4thprater.com.




TRUNK OR TREAT WITH THE REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION [36kB]
10/23/2014 :

Reno, NV (Oct. 23, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is inviting everyone to Trunk or Treat on Thursday, October 30th at Pat Baker Park. The event is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This will be an opportunity for kids to receive candy and see and touch a new all-electric bus.

This annual safe trick-or-treat event is put on by the City of Reno Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. More than five-hundred trick-or-treaters are expected to take part in the festivities.

The RTC has four all-electric Proterra buses in its fleet, thanks to federal funding. There are plans to add four more buses. The buses result in significant cost savings on maintenance and fuel. They currently serve the downtown Reno area, with the additional buses planned to serve 4th Street in Reno and Prater Way in Sparks. The buses debuted in April, and are the first of their kind in service in Nevada.

For more information on electric buses, go to: http://RTCwashoe.com and click on Hot Topics.




PUBLIC INVITED TO ROUNDTABLE ON TRANSPORTATION AND QUALITY OF LIFE [38kB]
10/15/2014 :

Reno, NV (Oct. 15, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County 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. For more information, go to http://RTCwashoe.com and click on Hot Topics.




CORRECTIVE MAINTENANCE PROJECT COMPLETED ON PLUMAS STREET [36kB]
10/13/2014 :

Reno, NV (Oct. 13, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County has completed a corrective maintenance project on Plumas Street on schedule. The street is now fully open.

The project began in August and took place between California Avenue and Plumb Lane. The project has addressed deterioration and smoothed the roadway surface. Ramps were also upgraded to bring the area into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). New pavement markings are better defining spaces for pedestrians and drivers, enhancing safety.

The treatment used for surfacing the street re-uses existing materials, which is better for the environment and more cost-effective for the taxpayers compared to other types of treatments.

For more information on corrective maintenance and pavement reconstruction projects, visit: http://www.RTCwashoe.com and click on Streets and Highways.




RTC COMPLETES PAVEMENT RECONSTRUCTION ON 2ND STREET EARLY [38kB]
10/09/2014 :

Reno, NV (Oct. 9, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County pavement reconstruction project on 2nd Street near Renown Regional Medical Center is complete ahead of schedule. The medical facilities and nearby businesses have remained accessible throughout the project, which took place between Kietzke Lane and Kirman Avenue. Detours to accommodate the work have been lifted and the area is now open to traffic in both directions. A brief lane closure is slated for a later time for concrete work on some stairs.

The project has resulted in smoother pavement for vehicles, and improved pedestrian access. Sidewalks were installed where there were previously gaps and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps were constructed. A water main was also replaced near Giroux Street on behalf of the Truckee Meadows Water Authority. Work on the fuel-tax funded $800-thousand project began in mid-August.

For more information on corrective maintenance and pavement reconstruction projects, visit: http://www.RTCwashoe.com and click on Streets and Highways.




RTC BUS ROUTES IMPACTED BY SPECIAL EVENTS [38kB]
10/08/2014 :

Reno, NV (October 8, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is advising transit riders of detours this weekend. The City of Reno is closing Virginia Street from 5th Street to 2nd Street beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, October 10th. The closure will remain in place until 8 a.m. Monday, October 13th in order to accommodate the Italian Festival.

Due to the closure, several RTC transit routes will be detoured. The routes impacted are: RTC SIERRA SPIRIT, RTC INTERCITY (inbound only), route 3, route 4, route 6, route 7, route 16 and route 17. Riders should anticipate the possibility of short delays. Temporary stops may also be established. Despite the modified routes, RTC transit services remain a great option for people who want to enjoy the downtown festivities this weekend.

RTC is also an affordable and convenient way to get to the Nevada game on Saturday, October 11th. However, routes will also be modified due to traffic controls in the area.

Finally, RTC transit services will also detour around a planned closure of Victorian Avenue in Sparks. The closure is scheduled for 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday for a food truck event.

Riders are encouraged to get the latest information on their routes by going to: http://www.RTCwashoe.com. People may also call RTC Passenger Services at: 348-RIDE.




RTC BUS ROUTES IMPACTED BY PARADE FRIDAY [36kB]
09/30/2014 :

Reno, NV (September 30, 2014) – Transit riders should be aware several RTC routes will be modified the evening of Friday, October 3rd. The City of Reno is closing Virginia Street between Liberty Street and 9th Street to accommodate the March from the Arch parade, which is part of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Homecoming festivities.

The closure is expected to begin at 5:45 p.m. and may remain in place for several hours. During this time, the following RTC routes will be impacted: RTC SIERRA SPIRIT, RTC INTERCITY (inbound only), route 3, route 4, route 6, route 7, route 16 and route 17. Riders should anticipate the possibility of short delays due to the detour around the road closure.

For information on a specific route, and how it is impacted by the closure, go to: http://www.RTCwashoe.com. Riders may also contact RTC Passenger Services at: 348-RIDE.




PUBLIC INVITED TO COMMENT ON SPARKS BOULEVARD CORRIDOR STUDY [36kB]
09/25/2014 :

Reno, NV (Sept. 25, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is inviting the public to share their ideas for transportation improvements as part of the Sparks Boulevard Corridor Study. The study aims to improve accessibility for everyone and enhance mobility in the corridor. The study area is from Greg Street to Pyramid Way.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend an open house on Thursday, October 2nd at Reed High School, located at 1350 Baring Boulevard. It will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This will be an opportunity for people to provide their ideas and have their questions answered by RTC staff.

The study identifies high crash locations and areas with significant pedestrian and bike activity. It also considers capacity issues and other planned road projects to alleviate congestion. Additionally, the study will help plan improvements for the region to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

More information on the study may be found at http://www.RTCwashoe.com by clicking on Planning.




NEW DECELERATION AREA COMPLETED IN PALOMINO VALLEY [36kB]
09/25/2014 :

Reno, NV (September 25, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County has completed a new deceleration area at the intersection of Pyramid Way and Ironwood Road in Palomino Valley.

A deceleration area is a short lane that enables traffic to slow down in order to more comfortably make a turn. This short lane is adjacent to the main Pyramid roadway, making it easier for northbound drivers to slow down and execute right turns onto Ironwood.

“At this point we’ve eliminated a very unsafe condition,” Larry Johnson of the Palomino Valley General Improvement District said at a recent RTC Board meeting. Johnson also thanked RTC Chair Weber and the other members of the RTC Board for their leadership in improving the area.

The final element of the project, roadway striping, will be done next week. The project is roughly $98-thousand, and is funded through fuel tax.




WASHOE SENIOR RIDE PROGRAM EXPANDED [38kB]
09/19/2014 :

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. 

“The RTC Board’s leadership is going to give so many more seniors better transportation options. More members of our community will be able to easily reach medical appoints, get groceries and visit their friends and family,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.

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.




RTC RECEIVES SIGNIFICANT FUNDING FOR MAJOR PROJECT TO BOOST THE ECONOMY AND IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION [42kB]
09/09/2014 :

Reno, NV (September 9, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County was notified it will receive $16 million for transportation and transit enhancements for the 4th Street/Prater Way RAPID Transit Project in Reno and Sparks. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had a major role in securing the funding from the US Department of Transportation under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.

The RTC 4th Street/Prater Way RAPID Transit Project will better connect downtown Reno and downtown Sparks and revitalize the 4th Street/Prater Way corridor. The project will extend the RTC RAPID service to the 4th Street/Prater Way Corridor between RTC 4TH STREET STATION and RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA transit terminals. Four new all-electric buses will also be purchased to serve this route. The improved transit service will create ladders of opportunity for the financially disadvantaged, connecting people to employment centers and educational institutions.

“This funding is critical in moving this project forward. When it begins, the new transit service will link people to nearly 39-thousand employment opportunities in the area already served by RTC RAPID transit and improve mobility access in the corridor for everyone,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said. “We very much appreciate the support from our congressional delegation and Senator Reid’s leadership as well as the support from our community partners,” Gibson added.

“Investing in and further developing Nevada’s infrastructure will create jobs and promote economic growth," said Reid. “I am pleased southern and northern Nevada have been awarded more than $29 million in TIGER grant funding, which will allow us to update our transportation network,” said Senator Reid. “We must be able to meet the demands of the ever-increasing amount of travelers coming to our state. I remain committed to improving transportation in Nevada and will continue to fight for federal funding to improve our roads, bridges, highways and other infrastructure needs.”

“Congratulations to the RTC for being the first to bring a taxpayer-funded grant of this kind to Northern Nevada,” said Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2). “At a time when our regional economy is poised for big things, these funds will help to grow transit options between Reno and Sparks,” Amodei added.

The project includes features to accommodate all modes of transportation. There will be wider sidewalks for pedestrians and dedicated bike lanes. The project will support businesses – many of which are taking root in historical buildings. As part of the project, RTC partnered with the University of Nevada, Reno and Nevada Humanities to chronicle the stories of long-time residents of the corridor. Information on the rich history of 4th Street and Prater Way, which contributed to the early growth of the region, may be viewed at: http://RenoHistorical.org.

Planning, preliminary engineering and environmental clearance for the project have been completed. Final design will be completed in December 2015, and construction can begin as soon as early 2016.

More information on the project may be found at: http://4thprater.com.

Letters of Support for the project were sent by: US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the City of Reno, the City of Sparks, Washoe County, Washoe County Health District, Nevada Department of Transportation, The Chamber, Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living, Northern Nevada Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, University of Nevada, Reno, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency, Washoe County School District Police Department, Truckee Meadows Tomorrow.

In addition to the funding for the 4th Street/Prater Way RAPID Transit Project, $13.3 million dollars in TIGER funds will go toward upgrades to the Flamingo corridor in southern Nevada.




TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN TEAMSTERS LOCAL 533 AND MV TRANSPORTATION [36kB]
09/05/2014 :

Reno, NV (Sept. 5, 2014) – Drivers, mechanics and dispatchers for RTC RIDE and their employer, MV Transportation, have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement. This ensures there will be no disruptions in service for RTC transit services.

RTC was not a party to the negotiations, which have been assisted by a federal mediator. The next step is for union members to ratify the agreement. 

The previous agreement between Teamsters Local 533 and MV Transportation ended June 30th. Negotiations have continued since that time. A previous offer from MV Transportation was voted on by union membership, but failed to be approved.

“RTC is pleased a tentative agreement has been reached and looks forward to the union vote on the offer,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.




RTC OFFERS EXPRESS SERVICE TO THE GREAT RENO BALLOON RACES [38kB]
09/02/2014 :

Reno, NV (September 2, 2014) – Unique, colorful hot air balloons will float over Reno again this year, delighting audiences. The majestic show starts early, but RTC is operating!  RTC is offering express service to the Great Reno Balloon Races on Saturday, September 6th and Sunday, September 7th. This is designed to be a convenient alternative to avoid traffic and finding a parking space. RTC has traditionally offered this express service since the 1980s.

RTC Bus service will be every 30 minutes between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. for drop off and pick up inside Rancho San Rafael Park, where there will be views of the balloons taking flight. Get on the bus at: Reed High School, the Reno-Sparks Convention Center’s parking lot C or RTC 4TH STREET STATION. Parking is free at Reed High School and the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Riders will pay the standard cash fare or they may use their transit passes. The one-way onboard cash fare is $2 for adults or $1 for qualifying seniors, youths and people who have disabilities. Riders age 5 and under travel for free. For more information, visit http://www.rtcwashoe.com and click on Passes.




RTC ANNOUNCES STREET CLOSURES AS CORRECTIVE MAINTENANCE PROJECTS CONTINUE [38kB]
08/28/2014 :

Reno, NV (August 27, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is announcing several upcoming street closures related to corrective maintenance projects. El Rancho Drive in Sparks will close the night of Monday, September 8th from Prater Way to Victorian Avenue. The road is not expected to re-open until September 19th.

The closure is necessary for corrective maintenance to take place to address deteriorating pavement. A sidewalk in the project area will also be brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Businesses remain open and accessible in the area during the project.

Corrective maintenance work that began earlier this month on Plumas Street continues on schedule. However, a closure of Plumas Street that was initially scheduled for September 4th, 5th, 8th and 9th has been moved back. The closure to all but local traffic is now slated for September 10th, 11th, and 12th. Additional closures will be September 17th and 18th. Delaying the closure is giving crews more time to design the mixture that will be applied to the roadway’s surface, ensuring the pavement will last longer. The closure will be between Marsh Avenue and Plumb Lane. The dates of the closure could be adjusted again depending on weather conditions. The project is anticipated to be finished in early October.

Pavement work will also begin in September on Plumb Lane from Arlington Avenue to Sharon Way. Drivers should anticipate lane closures and plan for possible delays. The project is scheduled to begin September 11th.




RTC ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES TO CLOSE IN OBSERVANCE OF LABOR DAY [36kB]
08/28/2014 :

Reno, NV (August 28, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is reminding the community administrative offices and Passenger Services will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 1st.

RTC RIDE and RTC RAPID will be operating, however will be on a Sunday schedule. RTC INTERCITY will not be operating. RTC SIERRA SPIRIT will operate on a regular schedule. For more information about transit schedules refer to a bus book, go to http://www.RTCwashoe.com.




PUBLIC INVITED TO OPEN HOUSE IN SUN VALLEY [38kB]
08/27/2014 :

Reno, NV (August 27, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is inviting members of the public to an open house event to help plan the future of Sun Valley Boulevard. The Sun Valley Boulevard Corridor study examines the corridor between Scottsdale Road and Highland Ranch Parkway. The study also comprises the area between Yukon Drive and Chocolate Drive.

RTC has been looking for ways to improve safety, mobility, livability and connectivity in the corridor. Working closely with the public, RTC has developed proposed improvements and streetscape alternatives. Members of the public are encouraged to provide their feedback at an open house event on Thursday, Sept. 4th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sun Valley Community Center, which is located at 115 W. 6th Avenue in Sun Valley. This will also be an opportunity for people to provide their ideas for Sun Valley and interact with RTC staff.

Based on comments from previous public meetings, proposed improvements in the corridor include: new lighting for pedestrians, intersection enhancements to increase safety, better drainage, adding trees to create a main street feel, more transit, and adding more sidewalks. Improvements, such as ramps, are also being considered to make the area more accessible to everyone and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

For more information on the Sun Valley Boulevard Corridor Study, go to: http://www.sunvalleyblvd.com.




RTC NAMES NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER [38kB]
08/25/2014 :

Reno, NV (August 25, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is pleased to announce Stephanie Haddock has been promoted to chief financial officer (CFO)/director of the finance department. For the past seven years, Haddock has served as financial administrator at RTC.

“Stephanie brings a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, and creativity to the position and I believe she is going to bring innovation into the finance arena,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.

Haddock has served at RTC for eighteen years, including as a financial analyst and senior financial analyst. She has had a significant role in production of the annual budget and comprehensive annual report. She has successfully ensured RTC’s compliance with all financial regulations and statutes and worked to ensure fiscal transparency with the public.

Haddock said it is her goal “to continue keeping the RTC financially sound and to look for improved ways to serve the public and our customers internally and externally.”

A lifelong Nevadan who was raised in Reno, Haddock earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Nevada, Reno. Haddock stepped into the new role Monday. She succeeds Tom Taelour, who served at RTC for more than three decades and retired in May.




TRANSIT PASSES AVAILABLE FOR TMCC AND UNR STUDENTS [38kB]
08/22/2014 :

Reno, NV (August 22, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission has made getting around the region easy and affordable for students at Truckee Meadows Community College and the University of Nevada, Reno.

For registered UNR students, the Wolf Pass is available through the Parking and Transportation Services Department. TMCC registered students may purchase a TMCC bus pass through the Cashier’s Office, which is formerly the Controller’s Office, on the third floor of the Red Mountain Building on the Dandini campus.

The TMCC bus pass or Wolf Pass for fall 2014 is valid from July-December and costs $115. The pass is also being offered for spring 2015 for $115, valid from January-June. Wolf Pass and TMCC bus pass users may take unlimited trips during the time the pass is valid on all local RTC RIDE transit services. Upgraded passes cost $150 and include trips on RTC INTERCITY, which is the commuter transit service linking Reno and Carson City.

The passes are designed as a convenient alternative to driving a personal vehicle – they also spare students from looking for parking. For many, the pass may be more affordable than paying to gas up a personal vehicle and commuting to campus.

For more information on the passes go to: http://www.rtcwashoe.com/public-transportation-17-12.html




RTC PROVIDES MANY TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR SENIORS [40kB]
08/22/2014 :

Reno, NV (August 22, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission provides many transportation options for seniors. The RTC is reminding the community about these services, and encouraging seniors to participate.

One of the programs is Washoe Senior Ride (WSR). Through this program, Washoe County residents older than 65, with household incomes less than $40-thousand, are eligible for reduced fare taxi coupons. These coupons (Taxi Bucks) help cover the cost of taxi rides. Twenty dollars of coupons is sold for only $15. This program gives seniors greater independence and flexibility for their transportation needs. Taxi bucks may be purchased from the RTC by mail or at the Washoe County Senior Center, 1155 E. Ninth Street, in Reno. Participants must first register at the Washoe County Senior Center to be eligible for this program. For more information go to: http://www.rtcwashoe.com/public-transportation-2-91.html

The Washoe Senior Ride is one of many programs that are part of the Coordinated Human Services Public Transit Plan. RTC is conducting public outreach to determine which programs are the highest priority to seniors, the economically disadvantaged, people who have disabilities and veterans. Public input is being solicited as RTC updates its Coordinated Human Services Public Transit Plan, which helps secure federal funding crucial for services and operating costs. The plan helps allocate dollars to the programs that are the most important to the community. It also helps foster key public-private partnerships to maximize dollars and enhance services.

In the up-coming months, RTC will help promote senior transportation programs using volunteer drivers. These programs use volunteers to provide basic social support to seniors who live alone (or are in need of respite care), have limited access to outside resources, and who will benefit most from social support such as: visiting, playing games and assisting with accessing supportive resources. Services may include: taking clients to medical appointments, grocery shopping and other relevant errands where transportation reimbursement funding permits. By becoming a partner, RTC will help enrich the program, and will provide additional details on how seniors may take part.

RTC also currently provides funding for senior transportation services in outlying areas of Washoe County where transportation options are very limited. For example, RTC may help purchase a vehicle for transportation of seniors to medical appointments. Through this funding, seniors in communities, including Gerlach, Incline Village, and Nixon, are provided with transportation to medical appointments and other social programs.

Moving forward, the Coordinated Human Services Public Transit Plan will help identify how programs may be further developed to meet the needs of the community. New programs may also be created, and new partnerships with human service providers established.




SIERRA SPIRIT EXTENDED HOURS FOR NEVADA HOME NIGHT GAMES [36kB]
08/21/2014 :

Reno, NV (August 21, 2014) – Get charged up for Nevada! The RTC SIERRA SPIRIT, which utilizes fully electric buses, will be operating extended hours for Nevada home night games. The SIERRA SPIRIT serves the downtown Reno area.

Buses arrive every 15 to 20 minutes every day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. However, whenever Nevada plays a home night game, the service will continue operating until midnight. The fare is just 25 cents or 10 cents for those who qualify for a reduced rate. The service will take you directly to the game! It is designed help the environment, provide an alternative to driving a vehicle and take the hassle out of parking.

Current Schedule of Home Night Games:

September 5     WASHINGTON STATE
October 4          BOISE STATE 
October 11        COLORADO STATE
November 1      SAN DIEGO STATE    
November 22    FRESNO STATE

For more information about fares and transit passes, go to: http://www.rtcwashoe.com.




2ND STREET CLOSING TO EASTBOUND TRAFFIC NEAR RENOWN [38kB]
08/19/2014 :

Reno, NV (August 19, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is advising drivers 2nd Street near Renown Regional Medical Center will close to all eastbound traffic beginning Wednesday, August 20th. One lane for westbound traffic will remain open. The eastbound closure will be from Kirman Avenue to Kietzke Lane. Traffic will be detoured on to Mill Street.

Pavement reconstruction is currently underway on E. 2nd Street, which will result in smoother travel. Work is also being done to complete sidewalks, making the area more accessible to pedestrians – currently there are gaps in the sidewalks. While the sidewalk will remain open on at least one side of the road throughout the project, there will be sidewalk closures. Flaggers will be available to assist pedestrians.

Businesses in the area, including Subway and Opa Cafe, will remain open and accessible throughout the project. Work is scheduled to be completed in October, and roadwork will primarily occur during daylight hours. This is a fuel tax funded roughly $800-thousand project.

In partnership with the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, a water main will also be replaced on 2nd Street near Giroux Street. In early September it will be necessary to temporarily turn off water for some nearby customers at night. Crews will notify those affected in advance.

To receive important information about roadwork, and other public outreach messages, please go to http://www.RTCwashoe.com and follow RTC on social media: http://twitter.com/RTCwashoe and http://facebook.com/RTCwashoe.




KEYSTONE AVENUE CORRIDOR STUDY OPEN HOUSE [39kB]
08/18/2014 :

Reno, NV (August 18, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is inviting the public to help plan improvements to the Keystone Avenue Corridor. An open house will take place at Peavine Elementary School, located at 1601 Grandview Avenue in Reno, on Thursday, August 21st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a brief introduction at 5:15 p.m.

RTC has been studying Keystone Avenue from California Avenue to McCarran Drive. The study also involves Booth Street from Riverside Drive to California Avenue, and California Avenue from Cherry Lane to Newlands Circle as well as Foster Drive from Booth Street to Keystone Avenue. The study examines how to make the area accommodating for all modes of transportation, including by vehicle, bike and on foot. Key among the study’s objectives is to improve safety for everyone.

Based on input at three public outreach events, RTC has developed recommended improvements. Some ideas could be implemented in the short-term, while others are longer range improvements. The upcoming open house event is an opportunity for members of the public to provide feedback on the recommendations, and to have questions answered by RTC staff. Possible improvements include: adding a free right turn for traffic moving from Kings Row onto Keystone, narrowing vehicle lanes to reduce speeding, adding ramps in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), adding bike lanes to Vine Street, improving access to businesses and widening sidewalks.

As a result of public input, a complete street plan is also being considered for Keystone Avenue from University Terrace to Coleman Drive. A complete street provides separate spaces for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians improving safety and connectivity. A center turn lane is also being considered.

To learn more about the study, and to view materials from previous meetings, go to: http://www.RTCwashoe.com and click on Hot Topics.




CORRECTIVE MAINTENANCE BEGINS ON PLUMAS STREET [39kB]
08/13/2014 :

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County will soon begin a corrective maintenance project on Plumas Street. Work will take place between California Avenue and Plumb Lane. The important project will result in safer conditions and smooth, improved pavement.

Roadwork is expected to last about eight weeks. Starting Monday, August 18th, traffic on Plumas Street will be reduced to one lane in the northbound direction so crews may restore the deteriorated roadway and upgrade ramps in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As the project progresses, it will be necessary to close Plumas Street to all but local traffic between Marsh Avenue and Plumb Lane. Signs in the area will notify people of closure, which is scheduled to take place on the following days: Sept. 4th, 5th, 8th and 9th. Drivers should use additional caution and never speed in construction zones. This is a fuel tax-funded $1.6 million project.

Additionally, corrective maintenance work will be taking place on Plumb Lane from Arlington Avenue to Sharon Way. This project will also address deteriorating pavement conditions and improve safety. The project will begin Sept. 11th and is expected to be concluded Sept. 24th. During this time, drivers should anticipate lane closures. The roadway will receive scrub seal and slurry treatment, greatly increasing the life of the pavement – this saves taxpayers from more costly repairs down the line.

In September, corrective maintenance will also take place on Western Skies Drive. The roadwork will occur between N. Whisperwood Drive and Reading Street. It is scheduled to begin Sept. 17th and be completed Sept. 22nd. Drivers should expect periodic lane closures. This project also repairs deteriorating pavement.

Pavement work is also already underway on Sandpiper Drive in Cold Springs between White Lake Parkway and Georgetown Drive. It is scheduled for completion Sept. 17th.

Locations for corrective maintenance are determined by local governing entities through the pavement condition index. This index ensures the streets receive the proper treatment at the right time.

To receive important information about roadwork, and other public outreach messages, please go to http://www.RTCwashoe.com and follow RTC on social media: http://twitter.com/RTCwashoe and http://facebook.com/RTCwashoe.




FREE MOBILITY TRAVEL TRAINING AVAILABLE [38kB]
08/12/2014 :

Reno, NV (August 12, 2014) – In partnership with the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living, the Regional Transportation Commission provides free mobility travel training. Transit is an affordable, safe and convenient way for seniors to maintain their independence. However, for new riders who have mobility issues, it can sometimes be intimidating – that’s why the RTC provides this training.

Mobility travel training emphasizes safety while building confidence. Seniors are able to practice using ramps and lifts for loading wheelchairs onto a RTC RIDE bus. Instructors are also on-hand to help explain how to read bus schedules, plan trips and answer questions.

Through a long-standing partnership with the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living, free mobility travel training is offered by appointment throughout the year. To make an appointment, call: (775) 353-3599. 

“Even if seniors are able to drive, they should consider taking part in the training. Sometimes they might prefer to use transit, such as when it’s dark, rainy or snowy. This really helps them preserve their independence,” Lisa Bonie, executive director of the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living, said.

Free training will also be taking place at Senior Fest. The fun event, which includes giveaways, will take place at Reno Town Mall on Tuesday, September 2nd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information on mobility training, go to: http://www.rtcwashoe.com/public-transportation-17-15.html




RTC WELCOMES NEW FACILITIES MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR [39kB]
08/12/2014 :

Reno, NV (August 12, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is pleased to announce Chris McDivit has joined the agency as facilities maintenance supervisor. In his new role, McDivit will manage contracts, and coordinate work at all of RTC’s facilities, including its two main bus stations.

“Facilities maintenance is the backbone for RTC to be able to operate,” McDivit said. “Without maintenance and contract personnel, no other work is able to get done,” he added.

McDivit said he is looking forward to executing process improvements, increasing efficiency and contributing in a positive way to the RTC team by growing a sense of pride and improving customer service.

“We’re really pleased to be welcoming someone to RTC who has a strong belief in preventive maintenance,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said. “Chris understands the value of taking care of the facilities the right way now, and avoiding costly maintenance for the taxpayers down the line,” Gibson said.

McDivit has fourteen years of experience in facilities management – eight in a supervisory or managerial role. He mostly recently worked for the University of Washington in Seattle as operations manager. During his time at the school, he had many noted accomplishments including: successfully managing the parking division and implementing a new work order system for roughly 60-thousand pieces of equipment. 

McDivit was also part of the team that pioneered electric vehicle charging stations at the university. Only about twenty percent of faculty and students at the school rely on single occupant vehicles. McDivit helped restructure and incorporate new technology into a subsided transit pass program, which is used by thousands of people.

Through online courses, McDivit is currently a student at the University of Washington. He expects to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in June.




LABOR AGREEMENT NOT APPROVED BY TEAMSTERS LOCAL 533 [143kB]
08/10/2014 :

Reno, NV (August 10, 2014) – Members of Teamsters Local 533 failed to ratify an agreement with their employer, MV Transportation Sunday. MV Transportation employs the drivers, mechanics and dispatchers for RTC RIDE. RTC has not been a part of the negotiations. While a tentative agreement was reached on July 31st, members did not ratify the proposed contract as recommended by union leadership, according to MV Transportation.

A disruption in service is not anticipated as a result of the agreement not being ratified.  However, riders should be prepared in the event of a service disruption. RTC encourages riders to make alternative transportation plans for any critical appointments. Riders should continue to monitor local media, RTC’s Facebook and Twitter pages and the Hot Topics section of http://www.rtcwashoe.com.

RTC expects MV Transportation and the union to continue negotiations in good faith. RTC is hopeful an agreement is reached soon.

RTC ACCESS, the paratransit service for those who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), is not operated by MV Transportation. RTC ACCESS will continue operating normally.




RTC ADVISES OF SIDEWALK CLOSURE NEAR DILWORTH STEM ACADEMY [38kB]
08/08/2014 :

Reno, NV (August 8, 2014) – As students at Dilworth STEM Academy head back to school, the Regional Transportation Commission is advising the community of a nearby sidewalk closure. The sidewalk on the south side of Prater Way is closed from the Iron Horse Shopping Center to Stanford Way. The sidewalk immediately in front of the school is open. Additionally, eastbound traffic is temporarily down to one lane in the project area.

During the closure, pedestrians should use the sidewalk on the north side of Prater Way, which is fully open. Crosswalks are located at Stanford Way, Probasco Way and near E. I Street. Students should be cautious and drivers should obey the speed limit and look for pedestrians at all times.

RTC is currently making improvements to both Prater Way and El Rancho Drive in Sparks, which will result in safer travel for everyone. Deteriorating sidewalks and ramps are being reconstructed. A new top layer of pavement will be created on Prater Way, creating smoother driving conditions. Bike lanes will also be added to Prater Way, making the area safer and more accessible to everyone. This $2.4 million project began Wednesday and is funded through fuel tax. 

Moving forward, people in the area should expect other closures, including periodic lane closures for vehicles. Once work is completed on the sidewalk on the south side of Prater Way, it will re-open and the sidewalk on the north side will close. The project is expected to be completed in September.




TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN TEAMSTERS LOCAL 533 AND MV TRANSPORTATION [44kB]
08/01/2014 :

Reno, NV (July 31, 2014) – During the final hours of negotiations between drivers, mechanics and dispatchers for RTC RIDE and their employer MV Transportation, a tentative agreement has been achieved. This ensures there will be no disruption in service for the region’s transit service.th. th. This gave the parties more time to reach agreement on a contract. "We are very pleased both parties have reached an agreement," said David Jickling, RTC Director of Public Transportation and Operations.

RTC was not a party to the negotiations. Negotiations involved the Teamsters Local 533 union representing the drivers, mechanics and dispatchers and MV Transportation. A federal mediator assisted during negotiations. The next step is for union members to ratify the agreement. Union leadership will recommend ratification to the membership and will vote on Sunday, August 10th.

Both sides negotiated in good faith since spring. An extension of one month was also agreed upon when the initial contract between MV Transportation and the union expired on June 30th.

For information on negotiations contact: Jennifer Wiley of MV Transportation at (972) 391-4603 or jennifer.wiley@mvtransit.com




RIDERS SHOULD PLAN FOR POSSIBILITY OF SERVICE DISRUPTION [45kB]
07/31/2014 :

Reno, NV (July 31, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is advising transit riders of the possibility of a disruption in service. The current contract between the Teamsters Local 533 union representing the drivers, mechanics and dispatchers and their employer, MV Transportation expires at midnight. This does not mean a strike will immediately take place when the contract ends. Typically notice would be provided 48 hours before a strike. A strike has not been discussed in negotiations. The union membership will vote on the MV offer on August 10th. The union has stated that a sanctioned strike would not occur until after they vote.http://www.RTCwashoe.com – click on Hot Topics. Jennifer.Wiley@mvtransit.com

It is important to note the RTC is not a party to the negotiations. Negotiations have been conducted in good faith between the union and MV Transportation. RTC remains hopeful a service disruption will be avoided and an agreement reached. A federal mediator has been assisting in the negotiations between the two parties.

RTC is encouraging all transit riders to consider alternative methods of travel in the event of a service disruption. MV has a contingency plan in place to ensure minimal disruption to RIDE service, should it occur. Riders should monitor local media and the Regional Transportation Commission’s Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest information. Updates will also be provided on

RTC ACCESS, the door-to-door paratransit service, is not a part of these negotiations. The RTC ACCESS drivers do not work for MV Transportation, and service would continue to operate.

For information on negotiations contact: Jennifer Wiley of MV Transportation at (972) 391-4603 or jennifer.wiley@mvtransit.com




PUBLIC INPUT NEEDED TO IMPROVE SERVICES FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES [39kB]
07/28/2014 :

Reno, NV (July 28, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is looking for the public’s help to identify how to better serve seniors, people with disabilities and the financially disadvantaged. Everyone is invited to attend an open house event at the Washoe County Senior Center from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 7th. RTC staff will present service concepts for inclusion in the draft Coordinated Human Services Public Transit Plan (CTP). The CTP identifies gaps in existing services and helps RTC proactively plan for the region’s future. Refreshments will also be provided at the open house.

This open house follows another public outreach event held in May. The events are being held as RTC updates the CTP. Accessing reliable transportation can be difficult if a person has mobility restrictions and budget constraints. Additionally, the senior population in Washoe County is projected to grow seventy percent by 2035.

This plan helps RTC secure funding for capital projects and operating costs from the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA). It also helps identify which services are the biggest priority for members of the community, and guides the allocation of funding.

In addition to providing transit services, RTC provides paratransit service for those who qualify. RTC ACCESS vans provide door-to-door transportation for those eligible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

For more information on the Coordinated Human Services Public Transit Plan go to: http://www.rtcwashoe.com/public-transportation-24-99.html




MAYBERRY DRIVE RECONSTRUCTION MOVES FORWARD WITHOUT ROUNDABOUT CONCEPT [39kB]
07/25/2014 :

Reno, NV (July 25, 2014) – 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 on the Mayberry Drive reconstruction project go to: http://www.rtcwashoe.com/section-hot-topics




BLUE RIBBON COMMITTEE EXAMINES UNMET TRANSIT NEEDS [39kB]
07/25/2014 :

Reno, NV (July 25, 2014) – A Blue Ribbon Committee for transit, comprised of business and community leaders, is taking an in-depth look at how to address unmet transit needs in Washoe County.

The committee includes influential business and community leaders, and meets on the third Thursday of every month. The first meeting was held on July 17th. The next meeting will be August 21st from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at RTC offices located at: 2050 Villanova Drive in Reno.

“The work of the Blue Ribbon Committee will help us in how to move forward to address the unmet needs and funding challenges we face in Washoe County in the future,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.

Working closely with the public, a vision for transit was developed as part of the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan. People strongly expressed the need for more transit in the community to serve a growing senior population, accommodate the travel preferences of the millennial generation and help stimulate economic growth. The sentiment was echoed when more than 250 people attended the RTC Transit Connections 2013 summit in December. While the community is speaking out about the need for additional transit, the transit vision is unfunded at this time.

“The RTC continues to lead the way for our region’s transportation planning,” said Mike Kazmierski, CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada. “And while our current transportation system is excellent, this blue ribbon effort will ensure that our transportation system continues to improve to meet our expected growth and long term needs of the community in the years ahead.”

The Blue Ribbon Committee is discussing and closely examining the benefits of transit to the region. The committee will determine how the transit vision may be implemented, and come up with ideas for funding the vision. Among the financial issues the committee will learn about are: the impact of the recession, what would have happened if voters had not approved fuel tax indexing in Washoe County and forecasts of RTC revenues and costs. By February 2015, the committee may make recommendations to the RTC Board of Commissioners.

More information on the Blue Ribbon Committee, including agendas and presentations, is available at: http://www.rtcwashoe.com. Click on the Blue Ribbon Committee button on the homepage.




PROGRAM HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES COMPETE FOR PROJECTS [38kB]
07/24/2014 :

Reno, NV (July 24, 2014) – The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program enables small businesses, businesses owned by women and disadvantaged businesses to compete with major corporations for construction work and other projects. The Nevada Department of Transportation administers the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, which is funded by the United States Department of Transportation. The program aims to create equal opportunities for businesses.

Once certified in Nevada, the certification enables a business to bid on projects by all Nevada Unified Certification Program (NUCP) members. The members are: the Carson Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Nevada Department of Transportation, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority and Clark County Department of Aviation (McCarran International Airport).

To learn more about qualifications for the program, and to apply, follow this link: http://www.nevadadbe.com. The Nevada Department of Transportation’s Web site also provides information on the latest contracts open for bids.

A certification review meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 29th. The public meeting will be at 10 a.m. and take place at the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County at 1105 Terminal Way, Reno, NV 89502. It will be held in the third floor conference room, suite 318. For an agenda, please go to: http://www.RTCWashoe.com, then click on Hot Topics.




SOUTHEAST CONNECTOR PHASE ONE CONSTRUCTION SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETE [39kB]
07/23/2014 :

Reno, NV (July 23, 2014) – The first phase of the SouthEast Connector is substantially complete, about six months ahead of schedule. Contractor Kiewit Western still has roughly two months for finishing touches, however major work is completed. The SouthEast Connector is being built in two phases. The first phase is from the intersection of Sparks Boulevard and Greg Street to about 800 feet south of Clean Water Way. Phase one constitutes about a mile of the overall 5.5 mile long roadway – it also involved the construction of two bridges.

Construction began on the first phase of the SouthEast Connector in February 2013. Phase one construction poured enough concrete to fill a football field three stories high. Enough soil was moved to fill a football field 20 stories high. Roughly 4,430 tons of steel was placed – much of which was used in the construction of the Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Truckee River.

Funded through RTC-5, phase one construction cost about $65 million. An advanced drill shaft, equipped with sensors, was used in creating the foundation that supports the Veterans Memorial Bridge. This is the first time this has been done on a public works project in Nevada, resulting in greater efficiency and a savings of about $1 million.

The largest RTC project to date, the SouthEast Connector will be a model for sustainable road design. The road will feature three travel lanes in each direction for vehicles, a multi-use path will parallel the entire roadway and the project will benefit the environment. The project will help water spread out over the floodplain, reducing erosion and improving water quality. Additionally, a program is planned for the monitoring and maintenance of wetlands. The SouthEast Connector also provides a new escape route during a disaster, preventing part of the community from being cut off. The new Veterans Memorial Bridge has a greater flood tolerance than the nearby McCarran Boulevard Bridge, which was closed as recently as December 2012 because of flood concerns.

Work on the second phase of the SouthEast Connector is expected to begin in autumn. The United States Army Corps of Engineers is continuing to evaluate RTC’s application for a permit under the Clean Water Act, which is needed for construction of phase two. Although phase one construction is substantially complete, the roadway will remain closed. Members of the public should not enter closed areas and active construction zones for their own safety.

Regular updates on the SouthEast Connector project are provided at: http://www.SouthEastConnector.com.




RTC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO TESTIFY ON CAPITOL HILL [38kB]
07/18/2014 :

Reno, NV (July 18, 2014) – Regional Transportation Commission Executive Director Lee Gibson will testify before Members of the United States Congress Tuesday on “Building Economically Resilient Communities: Local and Regional Approaches.” Gibson is scheduled to appear before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development.

Gibson will testify to the RTC projects that are enhancing livability in the region by creating jobs and expanding economic development through transportation. RTC invests more than $350 million a year in regional street, highway and public transit projects, programs and services. The RTC transit system has an annual ridership of almost 8.5 million.

The executive director will also deliver remarks on the importance of ensuring the Highway Trust Fund has enough resources for future needs – as well as the need for improvements in funding bus maintenance, purchases and facilities. Additionally, he will speak to the need to streamline federal regulatory and permitting processes to avoid potentially costly construction delays.

Gibson is scheduled to testify in Washington, D.C. at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Tuesday July 22nd in room 538. The hearing is scheduled to begin at noon (Pacific Time). Members of the public may listen to the hearing live at: http://www.capitolhearings.org




RTC REGRETFULLY CONCLUDES SAND HARBOR SERVICE [38kB]
07/16/2014 :

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.




RTC INTERCITY WILL STOP AT SUMMIT MALL STARTING JULY 14TH [38kB]
07/08/2014 :

Reno, NV (July 8, 2014) – RTC INTERCITY, the commuter bus service linking downtown Reno and Carson City, will add a stop at the Summit Mall beginning on Monday, July 14th. The addition of the stop is the result of recent improvements in freeway access and requests from members of the public. The new stop will help connect riders with shopping, dining and other recreational activities.

RTC INTERCITY is a convenient, affordable option for commuters, enabling travel between RTC 4TH STREET STATION in downtown Reno and Carson City. Stops along the route already include: Meadowood Mall, the Wal Mart at South Virginia Street and Damonte Ranch Parkway, Medical Parkway near Carson-Tahoe Health, the State Capitol and Stewart Street in Carson City near state offices. The new stop at the Summit Mall is located near the roundabout adjacent to the Mount Rose Highway.

The coaches used for the service provide free Wi-Fi and are equipped with bike racks. RTC INTERCITY operates Monday-Friday, and does not operate on major holidays. An adult one-way fare is $5, and reduced fares are available for those who qualify. For complete scheduling information: http://www.rtcwashoe.com/public-transportation-88

Travelers on RTC INTERCITY can also transfer to other RTC transit services and JAC (Jump Around Carson), which is Carson City’s public transit system.


SAND HARBOR SERVICE OPERATING ON JULY 4TH [38kB]
07/01/2014 :

Reno, NV (July 1, 2014) – Members of the community will be able to celebrate Independence Day at Lake Tahoe, while leaving the driving to RTC. The Regional Transportation Commission’s new weekend and holiday service to Sand Harbor will be operating on July 4th.

Passengers can relax on a coach bus departing either from Meadowood Mall or the Summit Mall. The cash fare is $5 each way for adults, and passengers must have the exact amount. The fare covers your admission into the park. Additional information on reduced fares, and the schedule, is at: http://www.rtcwashoe.com/hottopics/documents/SandHarborWkendServ_broch6_27.pdf

Please note the final bus to bring people back to Reno on Independence Day departs Lake Tahoe at 7 p.m. The RTC Sand Harbor service also enables passengers to connect to TART (Tahoe Area Regional Transit), which is operated by Placer County, California.

Other RTC routes will be on a Sunday schedule on Independence Day. Administrative offices and passenger services will be closed. RTC INTERCITY will not be in operation. Route and schedule information is always available by going to: http://www.RTCWashoe.com. During passenger services hours, you can also call: (775) 348-RIDE.

The Sand Harbor weekend and holiday service will continue to operate through September 1st (Labor Day). The service is possible as a result of federal funding.




MULTI-USE PATH OPENS [39kB]
06/27/2014 :

Reno, NV (June 27, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is announcing the re-opening of the multi-use path along the Truckee River in Sparks, Nevada. On Monday, June 30th, crews plan to re-open the Truckee River Trail through Sparks from Cottonwood Park to Larkin Circle. This section of the trail was closed in March 2013 to accommodate construction of the Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Truckee River and the Sparks Boulevard/Greg Street improvements included within phase one of RTC’s SouthEast Connector project. 

This path is a popular and scenic route for bicyclists, walkers and runners. The section of the path that traverses under the newly constructed Veterans Memorial Bridge has been repaved and lighting has been installed under the bridge for safety. New lighting was also installed near the Truckee River Trail’s new connection to Greg Street. 

Also being re-opened is the multi-use path along the west side of Sparks Boulevard from I-80 to Greg Street, which enables pedestrians and bicyclists to connect to the Outlets at Legends and Sparks Marina.

The re-opening of the paths is the result of the first phase of the SouthEast Connector project nearing completion. The 5.5 mile SouthEast Connect project will be built in two phases, with the new roadway anticipated to be completed in late 2016 or early 2017.

When completed, the SouthEast Connector will also feature a multi-use path paralleling the new roadway from South Meadows Parkway north to Sparks Boulevard, providing a connection with existing path networks in south Reno and Sparks. The new 10-foot wide paved path will provide incredible views of the cityscape and wetlands. It is designed to safely accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists while they enjoy the region’s natural beauty.

To learn more about the SouthEast Connector project, visit: http://www.southeastconnector.com


HELP PLAN IMPROVEMENTS IN SUN VALLEY [39kB]
06/17/2014 :

Reno, NV (June 17, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County would like to remind everyone about two upcoming events in which the public may share their ideas for the Sun Valley Boulevard Corridor.

RTC has been conducting a study of the Sun Valley Boulevard Corridor – roughly Sun Valley Boulevard from Scottsdale Road to Highland Ranch Parkway, and the area between Chocolate Drive and Yukon Drive. The study’s purpose is to identify issues affecting vehicles, transit, pedestrians and bike-riders.

Sun Valley residents are invited to participate at two public events in June. The first event will be held Monday, June 23rd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hobey’s Casino in the upstairs banquet room. This will be an interactive design workshop during which people will work with their neighbors on ideas and solutions for the corridor. 

The second event will be held at the same location on Thursday, June 26th. This event will be an open house, and will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Based on comments from members of the public at the workshop, RTC will develop possible improvements for the area. People will have the opportunity to discuss the alternatives at the open house, and tell RTC about their preferences. 

For more information on the Sun Valley Corridor Study, and how to provide comments, go to: http://www.sunvalleyblvd.com

 

What: Sun Valley Boulevard Corridor Study Design Workshop and Open House

Who: RTC Planners, members of the public

Where: Hobey’s Casino, upstairs banquet room, 5195 Sun Valley Boulevard, Reno, NV 89433

When: Design Workshop on Monday, June 23rd, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Open House on Thursday, June 26th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


RECEIVE DISCOUNTS WHEN YOU DUMP THE PUMP [54kB]
06/16/2014 :

Local businesses are offering discounts to people who Dump the Pump and ride RTC for free on Thursday, June 19th. Dump the Pump is a national movement to spare people from high gas prices, as well as promote healthy living and sustainability.

While people may participate in Dump the Pump day by riding transit, carpooling, walking or biking, those who ride RTC will receive a sticker entitling them to discounts at local businesses. By wearing the sticker at partner businesses the day of the event, members of the community will receive these discounts and offers:

  • My Favorite Muffin – 10 percent off purchase
  • Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum -- $2 off admission
  • Wet Hen Café – 10 percent off purchase
  • Grassroots Books – Select a free book (unstickered, pick from more than 10,000)
  • Triumph Tattoo – 10 percent off service
  • Lili’s Restaurant and Bar – 20 percent off purchase
  • Michael’s Deli & Catering – 10 percent off purchase
  • Nevada Museum of Art -- $2 off admission
Additionally, everyone who records their green trips between June 19th and July 31st will receive a small prize. People will also have the opportunity to win larger prizes – one for riding transit, one for biking, one for walking and one for carpooling. To record your green trip, and for prize rules, go to: http://www.rtcwashoe.greenride.com   

Dump  the Pump is an event sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association. It is a partnership of the Washoe County Health District and RTC. For more information on how you can help keep the air clean, and save money, go to: http://www.OurCleanAir.com




STILL ROOM ON 4TH STREET HISTORICAL TOURS [39kB]
06/10/2014 :

Reno, NV (June 10, 2014) – Space is still available for Saturday’s free historical 4th Street tours. A walking tour will begin at Louis Basque Corner at 10 a.m., a bike tour starts at the Lincoln Lounge parking lot at 11 a.m., and a RTC retro-style bus tour is at 2 p.m.

Reservations are required, but space is still available. To make a reservation, call: (775) 335-1821. Please note bike tour participants must be at least 12, and everyone must have a helmet. The Reno Bike Project is willing to provide helmets to those who need them.

Cindy Ainsworth of Historic Reno Preservation Society will lead the walking tour. The bike tour will also be guided.  Ainsworth and historian Alicia Barber will host the RTC retro-style bus tour.

The tours are part of the event Positively 4th Street -- an innovative, exciting block party celebrating this historic stretch of road, which is alive with economic growth and potential. The free block party will take place June 14th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on 4th Street between Valley Road and Elko Avenue. A Build a Better Block demonstration will show how underutilized space may someday accommodate new restaurants and other businesses, sidewalk seating and landscaping. The event will include: a farmers market, petting zoo, performance by the String Beings quartet, public art installations, pop-up brunch and dinner service featuring Mark Estee of Campo© and much more.

For more information on Positively 4th Street, go to: http://www.positively4thstreet.org/

The tours are made possible by: Positively 4th Street, Historic Reno Preservation Society, Reno Historical and RTC.




RISE IN USE OF ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF TRANSPORTATION [39kB]
06/09/2014 :

Reno, NV (June 9, 2014) – A newly released study shows more people are riding bikes and walking or using
wheelchairs to get around the region.


The RTC Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Collection Program monitored 38 locations throughout the Reno-
Sparks metropolitan area and in unincorporated portions of Washoe County. Data collected in September 2013 was compared to data collected in May 2014. The comparison revealed bicycle volumes jumped 16 percent, pedestrian volumes increased by seven percent and wheelchair volumes increased by 10 percent.


Bike to Work Week took place during the second week of May. Additionally, warmer temperatures may have helpedcontribute to the increase.


Observations also showed people prefer to use alternative forms of transportation on complete streets. A complete
street is a street designed with separate spaces for pedestrians, vehicles and bikes. Here is a link to an example of a complete street concept, which is being considered for a portion of Keystone Avenue:
http://www.rtcwashoe.com/hottopics/documents/Keystone%20Complete%20Street.png. Existing complete streets are: Mayberry Drive at McCarran Boulevard, Sutro Street at 9th Street and Arlington Avenue at Mount Rose Street, among other locations.


Notably, there was roughly a 50 percent increase of biking and walking observed at West Plumb Lane and Hunter Lake Drive. This location is near the recently completed West Plumb Lane Reconstruction Project, which added a multi-use path along the south side of Plumb.


An increase in wheelchairs was observed at several locations, including Sutro Street at 9th Street. RTC recently
completed a project that enhanced accessibility for everyone along Sutro, adding sidewalks where none existed before.


After data is collected in September 2014, information on bicycle, pedestrian and wheelchair activity for the urban area will be compiled into a full year report.


Traffic Works, a traffic engineering and transportation planning firm, collected the data on behalf of RTC. To view the report for May 2014 visit: http://www.rtcwashoe.com/hottopics/documents/TrafficWorks_6.5.14.pdf.




PUBLIC INVITED TO COMMENT ON SUN VALLEY CORRIDOR STUDY [39kB]
06/09/2014 :

Reno, NV (June 9, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission is studying the Sun Valley Boulevard corridor, and members of the public are encouraged to provide their comments at two events in June.

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.

People are invited to share their comments and ideas at two public events. The first event is 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 will be an open house, will take place at the same location and time on Thursday, June 26th.
The design workshop will be 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 will be displayed at the open house meeting later in the week. People will also be able to comment on the alternatives, and select their preference.

For more information on the Sun Valley Corridor Study, and how to provide comments, go to:
http://www.sunvalleyblvd.com


What: Sun Valley Boulevard Corridor Study Design Workshop and Open House
Who: RTC Planners, members of the public
Where: Hobey’s Casino, upstairs banquet room, 5195 Sun Valley Boulevard, Reno, NV 89433
When: Design Workshop on Monday, June 23rd, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Open House on Thursday, June 26th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.




DUMP THE PUMP AND RIDE FREE ON JUNE 19TH [39kB]
06/05/2014 :

Reno, NV (June 5, 2014) – With gas prices near $4 a gallon, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe
County is inviting you to Dump the Pump! As part of this national movement, people may ride RTC transit services for free on Thursday, June 19th. In addition to riding transit, people may participate simply by choosing to walk, bike or carpool.


This is the ninth year for Dump the Pump, which is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association. Last year, 33,256 people rode on RTC transit services on Dump the Pump day – a record day for ridership in 2013.


The Washoe County Health District is partnering with RTC for the event because the district believes in promoting
clean air and a healthy lifestyle.

“It improves air quality by reducing car emissions and traffic congestion, and helps to incorporate physical activity into the day. Participating in Dump the Pump is a perfect opportunity to test out using active transportation for those that have not yet tried it,” Health Officer Kevin Dick said.


People who choose to Dump the Pump, and record their trips will receive small prizes. Participants recording their trips will also be eligible for drawings for larger prizes. Trips can be recorded between June 19th and July 31st at:
http://www.rtcwashoe.greenride.com. The more trips that are recorded, the more chances a person has to win a big
prize.


Bus riders who record their green trips are eligible to win a Toshiba Excite 7c-8GB tablet. Walkers recording trips have the chance to win a Fitbit One activity tracker. Bikers recording their green trips could win two Mini Monkey Lights.  Those recording their carpool could win a JBL Flip Portable Stereo Speaker.


For prize rules, and to view the prizes, go to: http://www.rtcwashoe.com, then click on Hot Topics.




TAKE A FREE HISTORIC TOUR OF 4TH STREET [40kB]
06/03/2014 :

Reno, NV (June 3, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is inviting the public to
experience the rich history of 4th Street on either a walking, biking or retro-style bus tour. The free tours will be taking place as part of the fun street fair, Positively 4th Street.


The 4th Street/Prater Way corridor has played a vital role in the growth of Reno and Sparks. It runs parallel to the
nation’s first transcontinental railroad. Architect Frederic Joseph DeLongChamps’ railway depot was constructed in
1910, and still stands today. The street was also once part of the famous Lincoln Highway.


Space on the tours is limited, and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations are required, and may be
made by calling: (775) 335-1821. The minimum age for the bike tour is 12, and participants must have helmets. The
Reno Bike Project has helmets available for use at the event. The tours are a partnership of: Reno Bike Project,
Historic Reno Preservation Society, Reno Historical and RTC.


RTC is honoring the past as it plans for the future of 4th Street/Prater Way. A historical app was created in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Reno and Nevada Humanities. It can be downloaded in the app store for free by searching for “Reno Historical.” Additionally, people may experience a multimedia glimpse into the past by going to: http://www.renohistorical.org.


RTC began studying the 4th Street/Prater Way corridor in 2011. As a result of a great deal of public participation,
improvements are envisioned to help traffic move more smoothly. Also proposed are: wider sidewalks for pedestrians, dedicated bike lanes and more efficient transit service. People can learn more about the project, and how they may submit comments at: http://www.4thprater.com.


What: 4th Street Historical Tours at Positively 4th Street
When/Where: Saturday, June 14th
Walking Tour at 10 a.m., beginning at Louis Basque Corner
Bike Tour at 11 a.m., beginning at Lincoln Lounge parking lot
RTC Retro-Style Bus Tour at 2 p.m., beginning at RTC 4TH STREET STATION




OPEN HOUSE ON IMPROVING SERVICES FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES [38kB]
05/27/2014 :

Reno, NV (May 23, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County wants to hear your ideas on how to improve services for seniors and people with disabilities. RTC is updating the Coordinated Human Services and 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 RTC provides both RTC transit and paratransit services in the Truckee Meadows. Project team members will be available to gather public input and answer questions. For more information, contact Tina Wu, RTC project manager, at: (775) 335-1908, or twu@rtcwashoe.com.


What: RTC Coordinated Human Services Public Transit Plan Open House
When: Tuesday, May 27th, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Washoe County Senior Center, 1155 E. 9th Street in Reno
Transit Information: RTC RIDE Routes 2, 5 & 15 serve this location. For eligible RTC ACCESS reservations, call:
(775) 348-5438




RTC SET TO DEBUT NEW SAND HARBOR SERVICE [45kB]
05/21/2014 :

Reno, NV (May 21, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is reminding the community its new service to Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe debuts this Saturday, May 24th – just in time to make plans for a Memorial Day weekend getaway.


RTC is inviting people to forget about searching for parking spaces at Lake Tahoe, and instead leave the driving to us. For an affordable price, riders will be able to relax and enjoy the famous scenery as they travel to the “gem of the Sierra” with ease and in comfort. The coach will depart from Meadowood Mall, stop at the Summit Mall and then continue on to Sand Harbor. It will depart the lake; stop at the Summit Mall and then Meadowood Mall on its return route.


The cash fare for the service is $5 one-way for adults, or $3.50 with transfer from RTC Transit Services or Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART) Service. The fare also covers the park entry fee. Youths, seniors and people with disabilities may take advantage of the new service for just $2.50, or $1.50 with transfer from RTC Transit Services or TART Service – a valid ID must be presented at the time of boarding for the reduced rate. Kids age 5 and under ride for free.


The new service comes as many will look for relief from warmer valley temperatures in the cool, crystal-clear water of Lake Tahoe. The service will operate through Labor Day on weekends and holidays – Memorial Day (May 26th), Independence Day (July 4th) and Labor Day (September 1st).


The Sand Harbor service is part of a demonstration project, which is made possible by federal funding. Members of the public told RTC they wanted this service when they provided feedback on the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan.


Members of the media are invited to see the new service debut. Additional details on interview, video and photo opportunities will be provided in the coming days. However, you may wish to remind your audiences about the unveiling of this new and exciting service. Additional details on the Sand Harbor service are available at: http://www.rtcwashoe.com/PublicTransportation/documents/5_13SndHrbrWkndSrv14F_broch.pdf.




DESIGN ALTERNATIVE CONCEPTS TO BE PRESENTED ON THURSDAY, MAY 22ND FOR THE KEYSTONE AVENUE CORRIDOR STUDY [36kB]
05/19/2014 :

The Regional Transportation Commission will host a public meeting for the Keystone Avenue Corridor Study on Thursday, May 22nd at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center located at 925 Riverside Drive in Reno from 5 – 7 pm.


This is the third community meeting for the study which will focus on specific design alternatives and options for the public to consider which have developed to improve the safety, mobility and access along the Keystone Avenue corridor. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide comments and choose their preference for which alternatives are carried forward into the draft report of the study.


The specific alternatives to be presented include concepts for the intersection of California Avenue and Keystone Avenue; concepts for bicycle facilities along Keystone and Vine Street; concepts for the intersections of Keystone Avenue at both Kings Row and University Terrace; roadway improvements and striping concepts north of West 7th Street to Coleman Avenue.


The public is invited to stop by anytime between 5 – 7 pm to meet with the project team, ask questions and learn more about the alternatives that have been developed with the public’s input. “These meetings provides the public with opportunities to give us input and share their ideas and suggestions to make the Keystone Avenue corridor safer and more accessible,” said Amy Cummings, RTC director of planning.




“IMPROVING NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC SAFETY” RTC TO HOST MAYBERRY DRIVE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT PUBLIC MEETING ON MAY 20TH [36kB]
05/19/2014 :

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County will host a public meeting on Tuesday, May 20th to discuss planned improvements at the intersection of Mayberry Drive and Hunter Lake Drive. The meeting will be held at Hunter Lake Elementary School located at 909 Hunter Lake Drive in Reno from 5 – 7 pm. A presentation about the project will be given at 5:30 pm.


The roadway was scheduled for reconstruction this year which provided an opportunity to consider safety improvements for pedestrians and motorists enhancing the neighborhood’s livability. The existing traffic signal is old and was programmed to be upgraded as part of the project. Engineering analysis determined that a roundabout would function better at this location and will address the unique road configuration and reduce long term maintenance costs.


A roundabout at the intersection would benefit the community by providing pedestrian safety for school children and residents by reducing traffic speeds and emissions while at the same time providing improved vehicular access and continuous traffic flow.


The RTC project team will meet with residents to provide details about the project and to gather input on the roundabout design which will replace the existing traffic signal. View the Mayberry Roundabout Model Simulation Video through this link.


For information about the project visit www.rtcwashoe.com and click on Hot Topics.




CELEBRATE SAFELY ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY WITH FREE RIDES ON RTC TRANSIT SERVICES AFTER 4 PM [36kB]
03/11/2014 :

To encourage a safe St. Patrick’s Day, RTC’s regularly scheduled transit services will be free from 4 p.m. to midnight, Monday, March 17th. The free service on RTC transit services is made possible with support from community sponsors. RTC SIERRA SPIRIT service will be extended until midnight.


The 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day Safe RIDE supports the statewide initiative Zero Fatalities Drive Safe Nevada helping to make our streets and highways safe for everyone. The Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, Ceol Irish Pub, KOLO 8 TV, and Cumulus radio stations Magic 95.5, K-Bull 98.1, Wild 102.9 and KOH News Talk AM 780 make the free transit service possible with the goal to eliminate impaired driving and the tragic consequences of driving under the influence.




RTC HOSTS OPEN HOUSE ON THURSDAY, FEB. 20TH TO INTRODUCE THE SPARKS BOULEVARD CORRIDOR STUDY [36kB]
02/24/2014 :

The Regional Transportation Commission will introduce the Sparks Blvd. Corridor Study during a community open house on Thursday, Feb. 20th at Reed High School located at 1350 Baring Blvd. from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.


The study will identify and evaluate potential multi-modal transportation improvements to make the corridor safer and easier to get around. Improvements to be addressed in the study include pedestrian and ADA (American with Disabilities Act) enhancements, efficient traffic operations, safety, transit and bicycle improvements. An element of the study also includes a traffic analysis for the corridor in relation to the SouthEast Connector and Pyramid/US 395 Connection projects.


Recommendations for enhancements will be based on community input received during the term of the study, expected to be completed by the end of the year.


Members of the public can stop by anytime to meet the RTC project team to learn about the study and share their ideas and concerns for the Sparks Blvd. Corridor. For information about the study visit www.rtcwashoe.com and click on HOT TOPICS.




THE RTC’S SOUTHEAST CONNECTOR PERMIT STILL UNDER REVIEW BY THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS [36kB]
01/29/2014 :

The Regional Transportation Commission’s permit application for a Section 404 of the Clean Water Act is still under review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and has not been denied. The Corps has permit decision authority, not the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


The EPA provided comments to the Corps as part of the normal Public Comment process. The EPA advised the Corps to seek additional information in regards to the alternatives analysis conducted to select a corridor for the SouthEast Connector road and the environmental mitigation and monitoring plan for the impacted wetlands including the containment of the existing mercury contamination.


The RTC is currently working on addressing all issues to the satisfaction of the Corps to continue their review of the permit application. The RTC anticipates a permit decision that will allow construction of Phase 2.


“We support the public comment process and appreciate the comments provided to the Corps for their consideration to ensure the RTC is in compliance with the restrictions on discharges per the Federal Guidelines of the Clean Water Act,” said Lee Gibson, RTC Executive Director.


For information about the SouthEast Connector project visit www.southeastconnector.com and www.rtcwashoe.com click on Hot Topics.




CELEBRATE RESPONSIBLY THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH THE RTC 2013 NEW YEAR’S EVE FREE SAFE RIDE [36kB]
12/22/2013 :

The Regional Transportation Commission and its Safe RIDE partners strongly encourage revelers to avoid drinking and driving for everyone’s safety on New Year’s Eve.


The RTC is offering free bus rides on RTC RIDE, RAPID and SIERRA SPIRIT this New Year’s Eve night from 6 pm to 2 am which is made possible through the generous support of its sponsors who have completely underwritten the cost of the annual holiday service, now in its 29th year. RTC SIERRA SPIRIT will operate on its regular schedule until 7 pm.


“With the support of our sponsors, we’re very proud we can offer this invaluable community service to promote Zero Fatalities and avoid serious vehicle injuries and DUI traffic violations,” said Lee Gibson, RTC Executive Director.


Our event partners include Renown Health, the Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, KOLO 8, Wood Rodgers, Inc., Club Cal Neva, Washoe County Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association, REMSA, Morrey Distributing, Reno Fire Fighters Local 731, the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, Reno News & Review and AMEC.


For route and schedule information visit www.rtcwashoe.com, click on HOT TOPICS or call RTC Passenger Services at (775) 348-RIDE




RTC THANKSGIVING & FAMILY DAY HOLIDAY SCHEDULE [36kB]
11/25/2013 :

The Regional Transportation Commission’s administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, November 27 at 3pm, all day Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving and Family Day holidays.


On November 28, RTC RIDE and RAPID bus services will follow Sunday schedules; RTC INTERCITY will not operate. Regular weekday schedules will resume for these transit services on Friday, November 29. RTC SIERRA SPIRIT, the free service in downtown Reno operates on the regular schedule every day of the year, including holidays.


RTC Passenger Services at RTC 4TH STREET STATION will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
For route and schedule information visit www.rtcwashoe.com or call 775-348-RIDE.




RTC 4th Street/Prater Way History Project Open House [47kB]
11/14/2013 :

The Regional Transportation Commission invites the public to attend an open house for the 4th Street/Prater Way History Project, to be held at RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA located at 1421 Victorian Avenue in Sparks on Thursday, November 14th, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free parking will be available in several lots at the intersection of Victorian Avenue and Victorian Plaza Circle and at John Ascuaga’s Nugget parking garage.




RTC Hosts Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, November 12 for Keystone Avenue Corridor Study [147kB]
11/10/2013 :

The RTC will hold a community open house meeting to provide an introduction and to gather public comments on the development of the Keystone Avenue Corridor Study. The study will identify and evaluate potential multimodal transportation improvements that will be coordinated with existing land use and redevelopment projects. Significant areas of focus will include, but not limited to, pedestrian and ADA (American with Disabilities Act) enhancements, safety improvements, traffic operations, transit and bicycle improvements.




RTC Receives Award from the American Planning Association, Nevada Chapter for the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan [40kB]
10/18/2013 :

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County was recognized by the American Planning Association, Nevada Chapter with the DeBoer Award for Outstanding Public Outreach and Journalism at the 41st annual conference of the 2013 Western Planner & Nevada Chapter of the American Planning Association held in Lake Tahoe, Nevada earlier this week.




RTC HOSTS PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR PYRAMID HWY/US 395 CONNECTION PROJECT DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT ON TUESDAY, OCT. 9 & WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10 [40kB]
10/07/2013 :

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC), in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) addressing the potential impacts of the Pyramid Highway/US 395 Connection Project. Proposed improvements include providing a limited access freeway facility within the Pyramid Corridor from either Disc Drive or Sparks Blvd. to just north of Eagle Canyon Road along one of three alternative alignments; and providing a limited access freeway connector facility from Pyramid Highway to US 395 along one of two alternative alignments. The proposed connector facility would provide connections in the area of Pyramid Highway/Disc Drive to the east and US 395/Parr Blvd. to the west, with potential access to the connector to/from the Sun Valley area at either Sun Valley Blvd. or to the west in the area of the planned future West Sun Valley arterial roadway.




Lawsuit Against RTC Dismissed, RTC's Statement on the Dismissal [38kB]
09/24/2013 :

The Regional Transportation Commission was informed today that the Upper Southeast Communities Coalition voluntarily dismissed its Federal lawsuit seeking to stop construction of Phase I of the SouthEast Connector (SEC) based on alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. This withdrawal is not surprising because at no time did the RTC ever violate the Clean Water Act (CWA) or any other federal requirement.




RTC SIERRA SPIRIT Hours Extended for the Wolf Pack's Home Games Starting this Saturday, Sept. 7th. [50kB]
09/06/2013 :

The Regional Transportation Commission is extending the hours of operation for the downtown Reno transit service, RTC SIERRA SPIRIT, to midnight for Wolf Pack home football games this season. Wolf Pack fans can avoid traffic and parking worries by riding RTC SIERRA SPIRIT for a nominal fare of 25 cents or a reduced fare of 10 cents for seniors, youth and people with disabilities.




RTC Express Service to the Great Reno Balloon Race [51kB]
09/04/2013 :

RTC is providing affordable and hassle free transportation express bus service to Rancho San Rafael Park for the Great Reno Balloon Race on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 & 8. Avoid parking and travel hassles by taking the bus to the balloon race available every 30 minutes from 4 am to 10 am from RTC 4TH STREET STATION in downtown Reno, Reed High School in Sparks, and Parking Lot C at the Reno Sparks Convention Center (parking is free at the high school and convention center). RTC will drop you off and pick you up inside Rancho San Rafael Park.




RTC Labor Day Schedule [35kB]
08/30/2013 :

The Regional Transportation Commission’s administrative offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2nd in observance of the Labor Day holiday.




USACE Begins Public Comment for SEC Permit [38kB]
08/30/2013 :

On July 19 2013, the RTC submitted its permit application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) pursuant to the requirements of the Clean Water Act Section 404 for the discharge of dredged and fill materials in waters of the United States (WOUS) and Section 401 water quality certification (by the State of Nevada) for the SouthEast Connector (SEC) project. A public notice was issued on August 23, 2013 by the Corps to inform interested parties of the proposed activity to construct Phase 2 of the SouthEast Connector project and solicit public comment.




RTC Buses Not Really Running Red Light [36kB]
08/23/2013 :

Recently, some RTC bus drivers have been reported for running red lights on Virginia Street, but it's not what it seems. While cars may have red lights at Moana and Kietzke on South Virginia the buses don't always have to stop. The confusion even prompted a memo to Reno Police reminding them about the unusual transit signals in the area.

The strange looking cue jump signals have been in use for more than a year. They give the big buses a chance to more easily merge into traffic, even go around big backups. RTC Traffic Operation Engineer, Jim Poston says the signals have helped keep the buses on time, and regulate trip times. The signals are also designed to be nearly unnoticeable to most drivers. Instead of red, yellow and green lights, the signals use only white lights and cryptic symbols, which hold no meaning for drivers, and are easily ignored.

To the casual observer, unaware of the cue jump signal, it appears some of the buses are running red lights. In fact we're told a few drivers have even been stopped by police. Poston says transit drivers can only use the cue jump signal when they are in the bus lane, otherwise they are subject to the red light the same as any other driver. Currently there are only two of these signals in Reno, but a study is underway to decide if they would be beneficial at eleven other locations.

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LIBERTY STREET TRAFFIC CONTROL UPDATE TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURE BEGINS TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2013 [36kB]
08/09/2013 :

To facilitate completion of the reconstruction project currently underway on Liberty Street and ensure the safety of construction crews and motorists, Liberty Street from Center Street to Holcomb Avenue will be closed to through traffic beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13TH through 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 14th. During this time, westbound traffic will be detoured from Holcomb Avenue to Stewart Street to Center Street. Eastbound traffic will be detoured from Center Street to Pine Street to Holcomb Avenue. Local access will be accommodated; however, there will be delays. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route whenever possible.




RTC STATEMENT REGARDING SOUTHEAST CONNECTOR LAWSUIT [36kB]
07/30/2013 :

The Upper Southeast Communities Coalition has filed suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the RTC regarding the SEC project and seeking to halt construction currently underway. The complaint is riddled with inaccuracies and misinformation. The RTC has diligently followed federal, state and local ordinances and applicable law, and has acted at all times in accordance with the Corps’ direction and process. The RTC has developed an environmental mitigation plan that increases the amount of wetland area over current levels, complies with local flood ordinances, does not increase flood risk to homes, addresses and helps contain historic mercury contamination, and improves emergency access and safety, in addition to a number of other environmental benefits.




Improvements on Red Rock Road to Begin on Tuesday, July 23 [36kB]
07/19/2013 :

The RTC will begin pavement preservation work and roadside safety improvements on Red Rock Road from Adobe Road to Argosy Road starting on Tuesday, July 23rd. During the hours between 7 am to 7 pm, Monday to Saturday, only one lane of the roadway will be open to allow two-way traffic which will be directed by pilot cars and flaggers to guide motorists in intervals through the construction zone. The pilot car zone will be about two to three miles and traffic delays of twenty to thirty minutes are expected. During non-construction hours, the roadway will be opened with one lane in each direction.




SouthEast Connector Traffic Control Update Sparks Blvd. Closure Effective Thursday, July 11, 2013 [36kB]
07/11/2013 :

Southbound Sparks Boulevard will be closed from the I-80 eastbound off-ramp to Greg Street north, and left turns from eastbound Greg Street to northbound Sparks Boulevard will be prohibited beginning Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm to Monday, July 22, 2013 at 6:00 am. Motorists are encouraged to use Vista Boulevard or McCarran Boulevard during this paving operation.

The closure is needed to achieve the required concrete strength prior to traffic being allowed on the new roadway section and for the safety of workers and motorists during the scheduled concrete paving operations on Sparks Boulevard for the RTC’s SouthEast Connector Project.

What: Southbound Sparks Boulevard closed from Greg Street to the I-80 eastbound off-ramp, and left turns from eastbound Greg Street to northbound Sparks Boulevard prohibited.

When: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. to Monday, July 22, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

Why: The closure is needed to achieve the required concrete strength prior to traffic being allowed on the new roadway section and for the safety of workers and motorists during paving operations.

For more information please contact the project office at 775-398-5059 or e-mail info@SouthEastConnector.com. Responses will be returned by the next business day. Additional project information is available at www.SouthEastConnector.com.




RTC 4TH OF JULY SCHEDULE [36kB]
07/03/2013 :

The Regional Transportation Commission’s administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in observance of the 4th of July holiday.

RTC RIDE, RAPID and CONNECT bus services will follow Sunday schedules for the holiday. RTC INTERCITY will not operate. RTC SIERRA SPIRIT in downtown Reno operates on the regular schedule every day of the year, including holidays.

RTC Passenger Services at RTC 4TH STREET STATION will be closed in observance of the holiday.
For route and schedule information call 775-348-RIDE prior to the holiday or visit www.rtcwashoe.com anytime.




Construction to Begin on Sutro Complete Street Project [65kB]
07/03/2013 :

The Regional Transportation Commission will begin construction on Monday, July 8th for the Sutro Complete Street Project. For approximately six weeks, Sutro Street will be reduced to one lane each direction between 4th Street and Oddie Boulevard. During this time, new sidewalks, bus stops and a new traffic signal at 9th Street will be placed. In late July, work will occur between Oddie Boulevard and North McCarran Boulevard for bus stop improvements. Motorists are advised to expect delays and please drive safely through the work zone.




RTC Seeks Public Opinion for the Virginia Street Corridor Study [38kB]
06/28/2013 :

The Regional Transportation Commission is seeking public input using a survey to consider potential improvements for the Virginia Street corridor. The RTC has initiated a corridor investment planning process on Virginia Street from the proposed Geiger Grade alignment south of Mt. Rose Highway to North McCarran Boulevard. The purpose of this study is to conduct a multimodal (pedestrian, bicycle, transit and automobile) analysis for transportation improvements on Virginia Street. The study will identify recommendations for increasing mobility options, improving safety, addressing parking needs, and collaborating with stakeholders and economic development efforts within the corridor. Corridor stakeholders include the City of Reno, the University of Nevada, Reno, retail centers, business owners and the general public.




NEW RTC TRANSIT FARES EFFECTIVE MONDAY, JULY 1, 2013 [62kB]
06/28/2013 :

The RTC Board of Commissioners have approved new transit fares for RTC transit services effective July 1st. The RTC has reduced the fare for prepaid bus passes by about 7%. Many people rely on transit and use it every day. Buying bus passes is the most economical way for transit riders to save money and take advantage of discounts by purchasing a multi-ride pass versus a single-ride fare. Bus passes can be purchased online at rtcwashoe.com, Pass Vending Machines at RTC transit centers in downtown Reno and Victorian Square or at various pass outlet retailers throughout the community. Passes can also be purchased by




SouthEast Connector Traffic Control Update Effective, May 29, 2013 [58kB]
05/29/2013 :

Traffic will be switched to the new northbound section of roadway on Sparks Boulevard at Greg Street beginning Wednesday, May 29th. There will be one lane of traffic in each direction. Motorists are encouraged to pay attention to the new right turn lane from westbound Greg Street to northbound Sparks Boulevard.
The traffic switch is needed for the project construction team to begin improvements on the southbound section of Sparks Boulevard. This traffic control will be in effect until fall 2013.




Trafffic Control Begins Thursday, February 21 for SouthEast Connector Phase 1 [29kB]
02/18/2013 :

Traffic control for the RTC SouthEast Connector project Phase 1 begins on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at the intersection of Greg Street and Sparks Blvd. Kiewit Construction will be improving the intersection by widening Sparks Blvd. and Greg Street to accommodate access to and from the new roadway. This traffic control will result in lane reductions for the safety of motorists and construction crews. Motorists are encouraged to use McCarran Blvd. and Vista Blvd. to access Greg Street. Business and emergency access will be maintained at all times.Work at the intersection is anticipated to last approximately six months.