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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.





RTC ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY [36kB]
02/16/2017 :

Reno, NV (Feb. 16, 2017) – The RTC’s administrative offices will be closed on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20.  All transit services will operate on a regular schedule.  Passenger Services will be open during regular hours, from 7 am to 7 pm, and may be reached at (775) 348-RIDE.  The RTC wishes everyone a happy Presidents’ Day.

 

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RTC NAMED ONE OF THE BEST WORKPLACES FOR COMMUTERS [36kB]
02/02/2017 :

Reno, NV (Feb. 2, 2017) – The RTC is being recognized as among the best US-based organizations for commuters.  The RTC is one of three organizations statewide, and among 231 nationally, to be designated a “2017 Best Workplace for Commuters,” a program managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) with support from the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

 

To be designated among the nation's Best Workplaces for Commuters, the RTC met the National Standard of Excellence in offering its employees exceptional commuter benefits including telework and compressed work schedules.

 

“This is a testament to the RTC’s commitment to transportation choices, reducing emissions and incentivizing healthy behaviors, creating a healthy and productive workplace that encourages, supports and promotes environmental stewardship,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.

 

The RTC provides secure bike facilities at its buildings, including a “bike box” at RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA.  Additionally, the RTC has held several programs for employees to encourage walking, bicycling and exercise.  RTC employees also receive an incentive to use mass transit.  Carpool and vanpool programs are available to employees and the public, with information at: http://www.rtcvanpool.com.

 

To view a list of workplaces recognized in 2017, go to:

http://www.bestworkplaces.org/list/list-alphabetically/?utm_source=cutr-nctr&utm_campaign=2017listrelease

 

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CONSTRUCTION BEGINNING ON 4TH STREET/PRATER WAY; OPEN HOUSE PLANNED [36kB]
01/26/2017 :

Reno, NV (Jan. 24, 2017) – The RTC will soon be breaking ground on the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project, which will enhance safety and mobility for everyone.  Members of the community will learn more about the project and construction traffic control at an open house on Thursday, January 26 from 5 pm 7 pm at Dilworth STEM Academy at 255 E. Prater Way in Sparks.  A brief presentation will be held at 5:30 pm.

 

The project will create wider sidewalks as well as add bike lanes and new landscaping and lighting.  Utilities will also be moved underground, removing poles and barriers for disabled individuals in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The final component of the project will be a new RAPID bus line that will begin revenue service in early 2019.  Construction of the other elements of the project will be finished in early 2018.

 

The goals of the project include: connecting Downtown Reno and Downtown Sparks with four new, all-electric buses, supporting economic development and giving everyone improved access to jobs and educational opportunities via transfer to lines serving UNR and TMCC.  The new line will be named the RTC LINCOLN LINE in honor of the former Lincoln Highway.

 

An animation of the project is approved for media and other public uses and may be downloaded here: https://youtu.be/7YqfbValZvU.

 

For more information on the project visit: http://www.4thprater.com.




No Increased Public Health Risk Associated with Mercury from Flooding [36kB]
01/21/2017 :

Reno, NV (Jan. 20, 2017) – Water quality samples taken after the January 2017 major flood event have been analyzed by an independent lab and the results were provided to state and federal regulatory agencies for their review and analysis on January 19.  To clarify, the SouthEast Connector is not a mercury cleanup project.  Soil containing mercury surrounds the project.  Mercury will continue to flow into the area from Washoe Lake via Steamboat Creek.  However, as an added benefit to construction of a new roadway, approximately 300,000 cubic yards of soil containing mercury will be encapsulated under the roadway and no longer exposed to the environment as it was prior to the start of construction.  To date, 125,000 cubic yards are encapsulated within the constructed roadway embankment and 70,000 cubic yards were located within stockpiles on site.  “We have concluded there is no increased risk to public health,” stated Dave Emme, administrator of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.   The mercury, left over from the Comstock days when it was used in mining operations, has been brought into the Truckee Meadows by sediment flowing through Steamboat Creek water for over 150 years.  The mercury is not a public health risk unless the affected water or soil is consumed.  Some of the soil with concentrations of mercury had been excavated in preparation for being encapsulated in the roadway when the 45-year flood event on Steamboat Creek occurred earlier this month.  There are 12 stockpiles of this soil containing mercury and flood waters reached one stockpile.  “The RTC is doing what they need to be doing and is in compliance with the regulatory controls we have established.  They are not responsible for the increase in mercury concentrations which can be attributable to this major flood event,” states Kristine Hansen, US Army Corps of Engineers.  Both state and federal regulatory agencies are in concurrence with the conclusion that there is no increased health risk associated with the construction or the flooding.   Testing showed mercury within the water at 0.0086 parts per million at South Meadows Parkway and 0.013 parts per million at Clean Water Way.  South Meadows Parkway is the southern limit of the project and Clean Water Way is the northern limit of the project.  While results indicate an increase in total mercury within Steamboat Creek, a drone flyover video filmed on Monday, January 9, 2017, during the peak of the floodwater flows indicates the increase in total mercury was most likely contributed to previously existing soil containing mercury within the Steamboat Creek channel and within soil containing mercury that is located outside of the construction project limits.  The floodwater flow paths within the construction site were mostly flowing over soil that either did not contain mercury or were flowing over areas that had significant removal of soil containing mercury.   The RTC is working with regulatory agencies and developing a post-storm recovery plan.  The plan will detail methods for handling and properly treating any floodwater still located on the project site as well as methods for handling and properly treating any sediment that is within the project site that was mobilized during the flood event itself. Even after the project, some mercury will remain in the environment and continue to flow into the area via Steamboat Creek or spread by future flood waters.  The SouthEast Connector is a new evacuation route for the community that will be passable in a flood event similar to that which the region experienced in 1997.  The primary purpose of the road is to improve regional connectivity and reduce traffic congestion. Flooding is fully expected within the project site as the SouthEast Connector is being constructed in a flood plain.  Constructions of the wetlands in the project area will reduce flooding in other nearby areas.  The area also needs to have ponding water in order to prevent floods in other parts of the community.   
  
The excavation and stockpiling of soil containing mercury reduced the amount of mercury exposed to flood waters during the recent storm.  Members of the public are encouraged learn more, and sign up for weekly project updates at: http://southeastconnector.com.  ###




POSSIBLE INCREASED DELAYS AT PYRAMID WAY AND MCCARRAN BOULEVARD [36kB]
01/20/2017 :

Reno, NV (Jan. 20, 2017) – Drivers should anticipate increased delays at the intersection of Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard beginning some time the week of January 23rd, depending on weather conditions.  The primary delays will likely be during the morning commute for drivers headed southbound on Pyramid Way.

 

Due to the shifting traffic on McCarran Boulevard, new restrictions will be put into place on Pyramid Way southbound.  This includes restricting the southbound right lane to a right-only lane.  The inside lane will become a through-only lane.  New barriers will be installed preventing last minute lane changes as southbound traffic approaches the Pyramid and McCarran intersection.

 

Access to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church located at the intersection will be maintained via Emerson Way to Wedekind Road.

 

To receive updates on the project sign up at: http://pyramidmccarran.com.

 

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CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON 4TH STREET AND PRATER WAY [36kB]
01/20/2017 :

Reno, NV (Jan. 20, 2017) – The Regional Transportation Commission is beginning construction Monday, January 23rd on 4th Street and Prater Way between RTC 4TH STREET STATION in Reno and RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA in Sparks.  Utility installations will be taking place initially which will involve sidewalk closures, lane closures and minor detours.  As work progresses, traffic may also be shifted to a single side of the road to accommodate work.

 

Several of the utilities along the project corridor will be upgraded during construction. The project team is working closely with all utilities.  In the event of a scheduled outage or service disruption, customers will receive a written notice at least 72 hours in advance and personal contact/notification at least 48 hours prior to service disruption.  Possible service disruptions include: water, telephone and electricity.

 

The work taking place is part of a $58 million investment in the community to enhance safety and mobility in the corridor as well as connect everyone to jobs and educational opportunities.  The 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project will underground utilities, create wider sidewalks, new bike lanes, add landscaping and ensure the area complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Eight new transit stations will also be constructed for a new electric bus line debuting in 2019, known as the RTC LINCOLN LINE.  Construction will be completed in mid-2018.

 

Members of the community may receive traffic control updates via text.  To enroll, text “4prater” to 797979.  Email updates are also sent weekly: to sign up, go to http://4thprater.com.      

 

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FLOODWATER IMPACT ON SOUTHEAST CONNECTOR PROJECT [36kB]
01/10/2017 :

Reno, NV (Jan. 9, 2017) – Today, the RTC and Granite Construction conducted a drone flyover to assess the condition of the stockpiles of soil containing mercury in proximity to the Steamboat Creek flood waters. 

 

The SouthEast Connector Project is located within a floodplain and is designed to handle flood water during and after construction. The project does not exacerbate the impact of a flood event during or after construction. 

 

During the day on Sunday, January 8, Steamboat Creek overtopped its banks and water flowed onto the construction site.  This is to be expected and is encouraged as a way to allow the Creek to access its natural floodplain.  Once the Creek water entered the construction site, the water did come into contact with stockpiles of soil containing mercury, however those stockpiles were surrounded with berms of soil without mercury.  A total of 12 stockpiles of soil containing mercury are located between South Meadows Parkway and Mira Loma Drive.  At this time it appears 11 of the 12 stockpiles are undamaged.  One stockpile appears to have had a partial failure of the clean soil berm.  However, we are unable to ascertain the degree of contact, if any, of the actual stockpile of soil containing mercury which may have experienced erosion.  Once the floodwater recedes, the project team will be able to more closely inspect and assess the situation.

 

Additionally, we collected water quality samples today.  Water quality samples are done weekly and prior to and following storm events.  Water quality results will be available in approximately one week and will be submitted to the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection.  These water samples are tested for mercury concentrations and other naturally occurring contaminants.  RTC has consulted with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency and is in compliance with the requirements of the permits issued for the projects.  The 401 and 404 permits are designed to protect the public health. 

 

We do not anticipate the test results showing a higher concentration of mercury than what is in Steamboat Creek naturally and upstream of the project.  We do not expect there to be a risk to the public health and the environment.


For background information, 125,000 cubic yards of soil containing mercury has already been permanently sequestered underneath the roadway embankment already constructed.  Prior to construction, this soil would have been exposed to the floodwaters.  There is less mercury exposed now than prior to construction.

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RTC HOLIDAY HOURS AND SCHEDULE [36kB]
12/21/2016 :

Reno, NV (Dec. 21, 2016) – RTC transit services will be on a regular Sunday schedule on Christmas Day and for New Year’s Day.  Administrative offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of the holidays.  RTC Passenger Services will also be closed on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.  Bus arrival information may be obtained by using the free “NextBus” app and at: www.rtcwashoe.com.  The RTC Board of Commissioners wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.




RTC DESIGNATED BIKE FIRENDLY BUSINESS BY LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS [36kB]
12/21/2016 :

Reno, NV (Dec. 21, 2016) – The Regional Transportation Commission is being recognized for its efforts to encourage cycling, transportation choices and environmentally sustainable modes of travel.  The RTC was awarded the silver level designation for its commitment.  The RTC is among 1,300 businesses and organizations across the country to receive recognition.

 

“This designation affirms the RTC’s dedication to creating safe and healthy communities through planning and constructing Complete Streets, which are streets that enhance safety and mobility for all types of users,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.  “The RTC encourages its employees to ride to work and for everyone to ride bikes to bus stops since bicycles may be easily secured on our buses,” he added.

 

In awarding the RTC a silver designation, the League of American Bicyclists considered accommodations for bicyclists at RTC facilities including: bike racks, video surveillance for bike parking and a bike fix-it station at RTC 4TH STATION.  Moreover, the RTC participates in numerous events to educate employees and members of the public about bicycling safety – including Bike Week in May and International Walk to School Day.

 

For more information on the League of American Bicyclists, go to: http://bikeleague.org.




DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS REMINDED TO LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER [36kB]
11/18/2016 :

Reno, NV (November 17, 2016) – The RTC is reminding drivers and pedestrians now that the days are shorter, to be extra vigilant and look out for one another.  Pedestrians are encouraged to wear bright colors, wear reflective materials and have lights when out after dark.

 

To date, there have been nine pedestrian fatalities in Washoe County, compared with seven last year at this time.  Statewide, there have been 52 pedestrian deaths, compared with 60 at this time in 2015.  The latest statewide data, collected in 2014, shows low-light is a factor in the majority of crashes involving pedestrians.

 

Some tips for pedestrians to stay safe include:

  • Always look left, look right and look left again before crossing
  • Use sidewalks and crosswalks where available
  • Avoid distracted walking, such as texting or being inattentive
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Use eyes and ears and avoid wearing earbuds
  • Use good judgment to determine if a vehicle will reasonably be able to stop even when you have the right-of-way

Some tips for drivers:

  • Never pass a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk – assume they are stopped for a pedestrian.
  • Avoid distractions such as talking on your cell phone and texting while driving
  • Watch for vehicles slowing down around you.  They could be yielding to a pedestrian.
  • When turning at intersections, always look for pedestrians on both sides of the streets you’re leaving and entering.

 

The RTC is a partner in Zero Fatalities because no loss of life on Nevada roadway is acceptable.  For more safety tips, go to: http://www.zerofatalitiesnv.com.

 

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RTC BEGINNING VIRGINIA STREET UTILITY EXPLORATION WORK [36kB]
11/04/2016 :

Reno, NV (November 4, 2016) – As the RTC prepares to break ground on the Virginia Street RAPID Transit Extension Project in 2018, utility exploration work is getting underway.  The work will begin November 7th and last about three weeks.  The majority of the work will be taking place between Plumb Lane and Liberty Streets with some work happening near the University of Nevada, Reno.

 

Throughout the work, one travel lane will be maintained in each direction as well as left turn lanes at major signalized intersections.  Driveway closures of one hour or more are possible during construction activities.  The RTC and Sierra Nevada Construction (SNC) will be working closely with nearby residents and businesses to inform them about the utility work, and businesses will remain accessible.  Anyone whose driveway will be closed temporarily to complete the work will also receive 18 to 24 hours notice and the closure will be of short duration.

 

The Virginia Street RAPID Transit Extension Project will extend the RTC’s RAPID line up to the University of Nevada, Reno, linking campus with downtown and Midtown.  The project also involves constructing wider sidewalks that are accessible to everyone in the Midtown area and will enhance the Midtown experience.  Bike lanes will also be added near the UNR campus.  The project will enhance safety for everyone throughout the Virginia Street corridor and connect the public to jobs and educational opportunities through transit.  More information on the project and updates are posted at: http://virginiastreetrapidextension.com.




RIDE RTC TRANSIT SERVICES FREE ON ELECTION DAY [36kB]
11/01/2016 :

Reno, NV (November 1, 2016) – The RTC is encouraging everyone to make their voices heard on Election Day!  To help everyone get to the polls, all RTC transit services will be free all day on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th!

 

“The RTC is pleased to be able to help everyone participate in the civic process and connect them to their polling locations,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.

 

Unlike during early voting, voters must cast ballots at their designated polling location on Election Day.  Your polling location is printed on the back of your sample ballot.  The information may also be retrieved by going to: www.washoecounty.us/voters.

 

Not all polling locations are served by transit, so everyone is urged to check in advance by going to the RTC website: http://www.rtcwashoe.com for route and schedule information.




PLANNED CLOSURE OF PEMBROKE DRIVE BEGINNING MONDAY [36kB]
10/27/2016 :

Reno, NV (October 26, 2016) – Pembroke Drive will be closing to all traffic beginning Monday, Oct. 31.  Mira Loma Drive will remain open as an alternate route.  The closure will last about two months and is being implemented in order to move a water line as work continues on the SouthEast Connector project.  No one’s water service will be turned off.  It was necessary to wait until colder months when there is less demand on the water system to move the line.  The closure will be between the Rosewood Lakes Golf Course Clubhouse to east of the creek near Hidden Valley.  Access for emergency services will be maintained via Mira Loma Drive.  Everyone is encouraged to sign up for traffic control and project updates at: www.southeastconnector.com.

 

This work will reduce the time needed for a second planned closure, which is tentatively scheduled for summer 2017.




RTC BOARD OCTOBER MEETING RESCHEDULED [36kB]
10/24/2016 :

Reno, NV (October 24, 2016) – The RTC Board October meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 27 at 9 am and will take place in the Reno City Council Chambers at Reno City Hall.  The board meeting was originally scheduled for October 14, but was postponed due to wildfires.

 

Reno City Hall is located at: 1 E. 1st Street.  The chambers are on the first floor.

 

An agenda is available at: http://www.rtcwashoe.com.




RIDE THE SIERRA SPIRIT TO THE WOLF PACK HOME GAMES [36kB]
10/04/2016 :

Reno, NV (October 3, 2016) – Get charged up for Nevada and avoid parking hassles! The RTC SIERRA SPIRIT, which utilizes fully electric buses, is ready to take Wolf Pack fans to the Nevada games. The SIERRA SPIRIT serves the downtown Reno and University areas. With construction happening on campus, parking is limited and will be a challenge. The SIERRA SPIRIT is a convenient and affordable option for fans to park downtown and ride to the game.

 

Buses arrive every 25 to 30 minutes every day with extended hours through midnight on days of home games.  Just pay the regular cash fare of 25 cents or reduced fare of 10 cents available for those who qualify. 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.

 

The next home game is Saturday, October 8th at 4 pm when Nevada will play the Fresno State Bulldogs.

 

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




RTC BEGINS SPOT SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS IN THE NORTH VALLEYS [36kB]
09/22/2016 :

Reno, NV (Sept. 21, 2016) – The RTC is beginning spot improvements to enhance safety and mobility for everyone in the North Valleys beginning Monday, Sept. 26th.

 

Locations where pedestrian improvements will be taking place are:

  • Sky Vista Parkway – a crosswalk is being relocated between the Smith’s and Wal Mart to improve pedestrian access.
  • Stead Boulevard and Silver Lake Road – Curbs are being built out in order to shorten crossing distances and new flashing beacons are being installed near two schools.  Left turn pocket storage will be improved.
  • Golden Valley Drive and North Virginia Street – Enhancements will be made to better accommodate truck turning movements at this location.
  • Lemmon Drive and Surge Street – A pedestrian-activated flashing beacon will be installed.

 

During construction work, there may be periodic single lane closures.  Digital message signs are in place to alert drivers of the possibility of delays.  All drivers are urged to plan ahead, and to obey traffic laws in construction zones.  Work is expected to last no longer than two months.

 

These enhancements are the first phase of safety improvements taking place throughout the North Valleys.  Improvements were developed based on safety analysis and public comments received as part of the North Valleys Regional Multimodal Study and NDOT’s Reno/Sparks Freeway Study.  The next slate of improvements will begin next year and will enhance safety and improve capacity on regional roads.  The first phase of improvements is $1.1 million and is funded through Regional Road Impact Fees (RRIF), which are developer impact fees.

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PHOTO OP: PAVING BEGINS AT PYRAMID WAY AND MCCARRAN BOULEVARD [36kB]
09/22/2016 :

Reno, NV (Sept. 20, 2016) – Paving activities are beginning this week as part of the
Pyramid-McCarran Intersection Improvement Project. Significant progress has been made on this
project that began construction on April 4, 2016.

“Thanks to great weather and the hard work of Granite Construction, this project remains
on-schedule,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.

For several months now, traffic has been moved to the northern side of McCarran Boulevard to
accommodate the widening and reconstruction of the southern side of the roadway. Now as the
southern side nears completion, with paving, curb & gutter and sidewalks nearly finished, work will
be begin on the next phase. Between Rock Boulevard and Pyramid Way, eastbound traffic will be
routed to the southern side of McCarran while work begins in the center lanes. Westbound traffic
will continue to use the northern lanes. Between Pyramid and 4th Street, once paving is finished,
both east and westbound traffic will be shifted to the newly paved surface so work may begin on the
northern side of the roadway.

Portions of northbound Pyramid Way will also be paved. Once completed, northbound traffic will be
shifted on Pyramid, enabling crews to conduct reconstruction work in the center of the roadway.
Southbound lanes will remain unchanged.

It is anticipated that changes to the traffic pattern should occur in mid-October on McCarran with
the northbound Pyramid traffic to follow.

The $72 million project is slated to be completed in spring 2018. The project will add a
through-lane in each direction to Pyramid and dedicated turning lanes at the intersection on both
Pyramid and McCarran. A new, paved multi-use path will be added parallel to Pyramid on the eastern
side, which will be ideal for pedestrians and bicyclists.  A decorative wall and landscaping will
also be added. This neighborhood enhancement project will: enhance safety, improve air quality and
add needed capacity to the regional road network.


Members of the media are invited to a photo/interview opportunity:

What: Paving Begins at Pyramid and McCarran Intersection
Where: Raley’s parking lot near the Chevron
Who: RTC representatives
When: Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m.




VICTORIAN AVENUE PLANNED CLOSURE [36kB]
08/17/2016 :

Reno, NV (August 17, 2016) – The RTC is applying a new slurry seal to Victorian Avenue in Sparks.
This seal will extend the life of the pavement up to ten years and is more cost-effective for
taxpayers than replacing an unmaintained road’s surface. Due to the work taking place, Victorian
Avenue be closed to all traffic at the following times and locations:
Thursday, August 18
5 am to 5 pm
Closure from El Rancho Drive to Rock Boulevard

Friday, August 19
5 am to 5 pm
Closure from Rock Boulevard to Pyramid Way

Drivers are encouraged to use Prater Way as an alternate route during these times. This work will
be completed ahead of the Nugget Best in the West Rib Cook Off. This project is part of an overall
investment of $5.5 million dollars to perform preventive maintenance on roads throughout the
Truckee Meadows.
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RTC VANPOOL PROGRAM RECOGNIZED AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE [36kB]
08/12/2016 :

Reno, NV (August 12, 2016) – Carol Perry, RTC Trip Reduction Specialist and manager of the RTC
VANPOOL program, received international recognition for exemplary work in Transportation Demand
Management (TDM) work at the Association for Commuter Transportation international conference in
Portland, Oregon.

Perry won the Commute Options Vanpool Award for the RTC’s VANPOOL program. Vanpools save money, are easy and convenient, help reduce traffic congestion and create cleaner air. Participants in a
vanpool split the cost of leasing a van and trips are subsidized by the RTC. The program has
experienced significant growth with 95 vanpools now operating, including 15 to the Tahoe-Reno
Industrial Center in Storey County. About 600 people commute using the RTC VANPOOL program.

“Vanpools are a great option – especially for those with a long commute. The savings are
significant, and commuting in a vanpool reduces stress and is simple,” Perry said.

The Association for Commuter Transportation, (ACT), announced the award winners during the 2016
international conference held in Portland, OR, July 31st - August 3rd. ACT represents major
employers, public transportation departments, and private sector transportation providers to
improve transportation options, livability and economic competitiveness.

More than 450 transportation professionals from federal, state and local governments, universities,
and major businesses attended the conference that kicked off with an opening reception featuring
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), a leading voice in Congress for transportation options and
livable communities. This year, 80 organizations were nominated for 18 awards in categories that
include marketing, research and commuting options.

Anyone interested in forming a vanpool, may go to http://www.rtcvanpool.com. The RTC also matches
individuals with others who have the same or a similar destination.
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SHARE YOUR IDEAS FOR THE 2040 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN [36kB]
08/02/2016 :

Reno, NV (August 1, 2016) – Members of the public are invited to share their comments and ideas as
the RTC develops the long-range transportation plan for the region, called the 2040 Regional
Transportation Plan (2040 RTP). This plan is updated every four years and helps determine future
transportation projects. The plan is developed with extensive community input, and everyone is
encouraged to share their ideas at the 2040 RTP Community Planning Workshop on Thursday, August 4.
The workshop will take place at The Nugget in Bonanza rooms A and B from 5 pm to 7 pm. There will
be a brief presentation at 5:30. Parking is available in the parking garage.

“As we move forward to adopt the 2040 RTP in the coming months, community input is needed to create
our future vision for transportation in the region,” RTC Director of Planning Amy Cummings said.

Some ideas submitted by members of the public so far include: rail service between Reno and the
Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, streetcar service on Virginia Street and to the Reno-Tahoe
International Airport, more bus service, a new road linking Spanish Springs and I-80 and a new road
linking Spanish Springs and the North Valleys. Significant transportation projects have been
derived from this plan. These include: the SouthEast Connector, US395-Pyramid Connector and
enhanced RAPID bus service on Virginia Street.


What: 2040 RTP Community Planning Workshop
Where: The Nugget, Bonanza rooms A and B
When: Thursday, August 4, 5 to 7 pm with a presentation at 5:30 pm
When: Thursday, August 4, 5 to 7 pm with a presentation at 5:30 pm
Why: The long-range transportation plan for the region is being updated.




RTC BOARD ADOPTS COMPLETE STREETS MASTER PLAN [36kB]
07/18/2016 :

Reno, NV (July 15, 2016) – Complete Streets enhance safety and mobility for everyone. Working
closely with the community, the RTC has identified locations for Complete Street improvements
outlined in the Complete Streets Master Plan, which was adopted unanimously by the RTC Board today.

The plan also analyzed traffic and other safety data in order to determine what specific types of
Complete Street improvements may be needed at certain locations. All Complete Streets have
different elements tailored to the needs of individual neighborhoods and communities. Examples of
Complete Street improvements include: new bike lanes, wider sidewalks, enhanced pedestrian
crossings with flashing lights and transit stops with new amenities.

“This plan will help guide future decisions when we’re making safety enhancements in neighborhoods.
We want to thank the local jurisdictions and many residents in the Truckee Meadows who attended
meetings, submitted comments and shared their ideas online,” RTC Planning Director Amy Cummings
said.

Although this is the region’s first Complete Streets Master Plan, the RTC has finished Complete
Streets projects already. These include stretches of: Victorian Avenue/Nichols Boulevard, Keystone
Avenue, SE McCarran Boulevard, Sutro Street, Harvard Way and West Plumb Lane. Studies following
improvements, have noted substantial reductions in crashes and the severity of crashes.
The plan adopted by the board is publically available at: http://rtcwashoe.com. Click on
Metropolitan Planning.




INCREASED ENFORCEMENT NEAR PYRAMID AND MCCARRAN INTERSECTION [36kB]
07/18/2016 :

Reno, NV (July 18, 2016) – Safety is the top priority for the RTC, especially in construction zones where individuals work near high volume traffic.  For everyone’s safety, the RTC is reminding the community to go slow and obey all signs in the Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard construction zone.

 

Recently, flashing beacons that alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians were installed at Pyramid Way and Richards Way as well as at Pyramid Way and Tyler Way.  Always yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk and expect pedestrians crossing when the beacon is flashing.  Additionally, as work at the intersection has progressed north of Pyramid, the 35 mile per hour speed limit area has been expanded.

 

Drivers face double penalties in construction zones, and tickets of this nature often lead to high insurance rates.  There are now increased enforcement efforts in the construction zone.

 

Bicyclists who travel on McCarran Blvd. and Pyramid Way are encouraged to use alternate routes because of reduced lane widths

 

The Pyramid and McCarran Intersection Improvement project began in April and is projected to be completed in spring 2018.  All drivers are advised to expect delays.  The project will improve safety, relieve congestion, lead to improved air quality and create better traffic flow.  For more information on the project, go to: www.pyramidmccarran.com.




RTC TRANSIT SERVICES ON SUNDAY SCHEDULE FOR FOURTH OF JULY [36kB]
06/30/2016 :

Reno, NV (June 30, 2016) – RTC transit services will be on a Sunday schedule on Monday, July 4th.  Administrative offices will also be closed in observance of Independence Day.  The RTC SIERRA SPIRIT will continue operating on its regular schedule, as it does on all holidays.  RTC INTERCITY will not be operating Monday.

On Sunday, July 3rd, the RTC in partnership with the Nugget, City of Sparks and Washoe County School District, will provide free shuttle service to and from Star Spangled Sparks.  Everyone is encouraged to park at Reed High School on Baring Boulevard and ride the free shuttle to RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA at Victorian Square.  Buses will come about every 20 minutes, with the most frequency during afternoon and evening hours.  The shuttle will operate from 10 am to midnight.  The stop for the shuttle at Reed is the one closest to the community center.  Other bus routes will continue to collect a regular fare.  The free shuttle service for everyone is made possible with funding from the Nugget.

The RTC wishes everyone a safe and happy Independence Day.




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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DRIVERS SHOULD EXPECT DELAYS AT PYRAMID/MCCARRAN INTERSECTION [36kB]
05/13/2016 :


Reno, NV (May 13, 2016) – Beginning Monday, May 16, drivers should anticipate delays of up to 30
minutes at the Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard intersection. As part of the Pyramid/McCarran
Intersection Improvement Project, crews will be removing a concrete median on McCarran Boulevard
from Rock Boulevard to 4th Street. Traffic will be reduced to one-lane in each direction and
congestion is likely during peak commute hours. This traffic configuration will be in place about a
week. After the median is removed, all lanes will be re-opened, including for Memorial Day weekend.

After Memorial Day, lanes will be shifted on McCarran, but two lanes will be open in each
direction. The configuration will remain through Fall 2016. This traffic configuration is necessary
for the safety of workers as the team improves the south side of McCarran Boulevard and completes
widening of the roadway.

In the near-term, lanes may also be reduced on Pyramid Way from Richards Way to Queen Way for
installation of a barrier rail. 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. Citizens may also email the project team using:
info@pyramidmccarran.com.

This project, which is slated to be completed in spring 2018, will add a through lane in each
direction to Pyramid Way. It will also add dedicated turning lanes on McCarran and Pyramid, an
improved free-right for southbound traffic on Pyramid, a paved multi-use path, decorative walls and
new landscaping. The project will enhance safety at this high crash location, contribute to
improved air quality by reducing congestion and create better traffic flow. Throughout the project,
nearby businesses are open and accessible.
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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




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.

 




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.




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


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.




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.