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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.





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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

Reno, NV (July 16, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission regretfully has discontinued its weekend and holiday bus service between Reno and Sand Harbor State Park at Lake Tahoe earlier than anticipated. The service launched on May 24th as a demonstration project and was originally slated to continue through Labor Day. However, steep mountainous terrain and the intense summer heat are causing substantial wear and tear on the buses.

The fleet of buses is maintained regularly and safety is the RTC’s top priority. Maintenance crews discovered the brake and fluid systems on several buses were overheating, which required frequent repairs and replacement of parts. In order to maintain the highest safety standards at all times, continuing the service was no longer feasible.

Since debuting, the Sand Harbor service helped connect more than 950 riders with recreational opportunities. While a significant amount, the demand was less than anticipated and unable to sustain the service. The cost per passenger was the highest among RTC transit services. The service was a demonstration project possible as a result of federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program. The remaining federal funds will be reprogrammed for another transit project in the future.




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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Who: RTC Planners, members of the public

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

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


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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

The study area is roughly Sun Valley Boulevard from Scottsdale Road in Reno to Highland Ranch Parkway, and
includes properties within about a half mile of the corridor. The study’s purpose is to identify how to better
accommodate all modes of travel – by vehicle, bike and on foot.

People are invited to share their comments and ideas at two public events. The first event is a design workshop on Monday, June 23rd, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hobey’s Casino in the upstairs banquet room. The second event, which will be an open house, will take place at the same location and time on Thursday, June 26th.
The design workshop will be hands-on, giving people an opportunity to talk with their neighbors about potential
improvements and solutions for the corridor. Based on the feedback, RTC-developed alternatives for the corridor will be displayed at the open house meeting later in the week. People will also be able to comment on the alternatives, and select their preference.

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


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




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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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




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

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


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


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


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


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


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




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

Reno, NV (May 23, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County wants to hear your ideas on how to improve services for seniors and people with disabilities. RTC is updating the Coordinated Human Services and Public Transit Plan. This plan identifies the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities and older adults, provides strategies for meeting these needs and prioritizes transportation services for funding and implementation.


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


The RTC provides both RTC transit and paratransit services in the Truckee Meadows. Project team members will be available to gather public input and answer questions. For more information, contact Tina Wu, RTC project manager, at: (775) 335-1908, or twu@rtcwashoe.com.


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




HELP STUFF-A-BUS FOR SENIORS AND GET AN ACES DEAL [39kB]
05/23/2014 :

 

Reno, NV (May 23, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is asking for the community’s help to stuff a bus with essential supplies for local seniors – and those making donations will receive a great deal to see the Reno Aces!


On Friday, May 30th, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 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 – people may even drop off donations as they head to the stadium for Friday’s Aces game. Some of the requested items include: slippers, lightweight sweaters, jackets and men’s/women’s pajamas, personal hygiene items
(soap, tooth brushes and denture cleansers, etc.), bathroom towels and washcloths, small air circulation fans, adult diapers, grocery and pharmacy gift cards and transit passes.


The Reno Aces Baseball Club is dedicated to having a positive impact on the region, and is offering a “buy one, get one” deal. Anyone donating to the drive will receive a free admission ticket to a future Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday Aces game, with the purchase of a ticket.


The drive is part of Older Americans Month, and is a partnership of: the City of Reno, the City of Sparks, Washoe County, the Reno Aces and the RTC.

 




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

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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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


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


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


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




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

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


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


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


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


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




RTC’s WEST PLUMB LANE ENHANCEMENT PROJECT COMPLETED NEIGHBORHOOD CELEBRATION ON TUESDAY, APRIL 29TH [36kB]
04/29/2014 :

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County proudly announces the completion of the West Plumb Lane Neighborhood Enhancement Project. On Tuesday, April 29th, local dignitaries and RTC officials will celebrate the improvements with residents of the Plumb Lane neighborhood. The $6.5 million road investment included reconstruction of Plumb Lane from Ferris Lane to South McCarran Blvd; installation of a new sewer main, storm drain improvements, curb and gutter and a multi-use path. Electronic speed limit monitors and landscape replacement and aesthetic treatments were also part of
the improvements.


“These neighborhood enhancements provide accessible paths to walk and bicycle and improve safety for everyone,” said Lee Gibson, RTC Executive Director. Area residents and commuters gave RTC input for the project design at several community meetings prior to the start of construction in July 2013. “The project represents the collaborative spirit between the RTC and the community to improve the road, which is the hallmark for the work we do on behalf of the citizens of Washoe County,” Gibson stated. Upgrades to the TMWA infrastructure were also installed prior to and parallel with the road work.


The official celebration for the completion of the project will be held at Rivermount Park located between Benjamin Franklin and Daniel Webster Drives off of Plumb Lane. The community is invited to attend the public event for an old-fashioned neighborhood get-together at 11 am. Funding for the project was made possible using local fuel tax dollars.




RTC IS ON THE GRID! JOIN US ON APRIL 14TH FOR THE OFFICIAL WELCOME OF 4 NEW BATTERY-ELECTRIC BUSES…THE FIRST IN THE STATE OF NEVADA [36kB]
04/08/2014 :

The RTC invites the public to celebrate the addition of four brand new battery-electric buses to its fleet with a community celebration on Monday, April 14th at 10 am at RTC 4TH STREET STATION on Evans Avenue.

US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will attend the RTC event to celebrate the launch of the new buses made possible with a federal grant from the US Dept. of Transportation/Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Local and state dignitaries and representatives from Proterra, Inc. will join Senator Reid to mark the occasion.

The new acquisition adds four new Proterra battery-electric buses to the RTC’s regional service. These buses will be recharged at the downtown Reno transit center’s FastFill™ charging station while on route using advanced wireless controls that facilitate the docking process and eliminate any intervention from the driver. Buses are charged in 5-10 minutes while passengers load and unload. The RTC is the first public transportation agency in the state of Nevada to use all-electric buses in its fleet adding to its hybrid-diesel electric buses already in service.

Some of the benefits of these new buses include reduced fuel use, lower maintenance costs, lower emissions and quieter vehicles. RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said, “The RTC continues to invest in the community’s transit system to provide residents and visitors transportation choices and access to sustainable healthy transportation.”

Everyone is welcome to attend the event which will begin promptly at 10 am. Free event parking is available from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at the National Bowling Stadium parking garage or board a new bus using the RTC SIERRA SPIRIT route to reach RTC 4TH STREET STATION. Evans Avenue will be closed to thru-traffic between 2nd & 4th Streets from 8 am to noon.




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 RIDE 2014 SERVICE CHANGE CONCEPTS OPEN HOUSE NEW SUMMER TRANSIT SERVICE TO SAND HARBOR FROM RENO/SPARKS AREA [36kB]
02/28/2014 :

Reno, NV (Feb. 28, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission will host an Open House on Thursday, Mar. 6th at RTC 4TH STREET STATION located in downtown Reno to present concepts to modify the RTC SIERRA SPIRIT circulator route and implement a new summer service to Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe on weekends and holidays. The hours of the open house are 7 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 5:30 pm.
RTC staff will be available to discuss these new concepts which were identified as opportunities to provide improved service during the update of the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan. Fares for the new summer service would mirror the fare structure similar to RTC INTERCITY, our commuter service between the Reno/Sparks area and Carson City. One-way trip fares for would be $5 for adults, $2.50 for reduced (seniors & youth).


Information will also be shared about new technology the RTC is considering that would allow riders to use their smart phones to pay for fares onboard the bus. This technology is becoming more common throughout the transit industry and with retailers across America.


“We’re seeking input from the public about these options and welcome suggestions at the open house or through our website,” said David Jickling, Director of Public Transportation and Operations.


For information visit www.rtcwashoe.com, click on Hot Topics.




PYRAMID/MCCARRAN INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT LANDSCAPE CONCEPTS TO BE EXHIBITED AT COMMUNITY MEETING [118kB]
02/25/2014 :

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County will host a community meeting to present landscape and aesthetics concepts developed for the Pyramid McCarran Intersection Improvement Project. The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27th at the Sparks Masonic Building located at 2425 Pyramid Way in Sparks. The meeting will be open to the public from 5 pm to 7 pm with a presentation scheduled at 5:30 pm. A Spanish language translator will be available at the meeting.




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.




RTC SUBMITS RESPONSE TO U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS FOR THE SOUTHEAST CONNECTOR PERMIT [118kB]
02/24/2014 :

On Friday, Feb. 21, the Regional Transportation Commission submitted its response to Public Comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for its permit application for Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The USACE has permit decision authority with regard to impacts to the Waters of the U.S. from construction of Phase 2 of the SouthEast Connector project (SEC).




RTC HOSTS OPEN HOUSE TO INTRODUCE THE SUN VALLEY BLVD. CORRIDOR STUDY: INVESTING IN THE SUN VALLEY COMMUNITY [36kB]
02/07/2014 :

The Regional Transportation Commission invites the public to attend a community meeting for an introduction and to provide input on the development of the Sun Valley Boulevard Corridor Study on Thursday, Feb. 13th at Sun Valley Neighborhood Center located at 115 W. 6th Avenue in Sun Valley from 6 pm to 8 pm.


The study will identify and evaluate potential multi-modal transportation improvements to make the neighborhood safer, more livable 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. A brief presentation about the study will be given at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm.


Recommendations for neighborhood enhancements will be based on community input received during the length of study, expected to be completed by the end of the year. The Sun Valley Boulevard corridor study limits extends from Scottsdale Road in Reno to Highland Ranch Parkway.


The RTC project team will be available to meet with the public to answer questions and listen to ideas and concerns about the Sun Valley Blvd. Corridor. A Spanish speaking translator will be available at the meeting. For information about the study visit www.sunvalleyblvd.com or 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 TO PRESENT RESULTS OF VIRGINIA STREET CORRIDOR STUDY TODAY AT THE DISCOVERY MUSEUM BEGINNING AT 4:30 PM [36kB]
01/14/2014 :

The Regional Transportation Commission will host an Open House today at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm to present the public input received during the past year for potential transportation improvements for the Virginia Street corridor. A presentation will be given at 5:30 p.m.


The RTC began the study in January 2013 to conduct a multimodal (pedestrian, automobile, bicycle and transit) analysis for potential transportation improvements on Virginia Street from North McCarran Boulevard to the Mt. Rose Highway. It will also look at improvement opportunities along the corridor to provide better access and mobility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Ideas submitted by the public include wider sidewalks, better lighting, slower speeds, and more transit. These Complete Street improvements will serve to provide better access and safer mobility for all users- pedestrians, bicyclists, people with disabilities and motorists. The attached renderings profile concepts in the Midtown area. The study is being conducted in partnership with the City of Reno and UNR.


The RTC study team will be on hand to meet with the public to discuss the recommended improvements and listen to ideas, comments and suggestions for the corridor. For more information visit www.rtcwashoe.com and click on HOT TOPICS / Virginia Street Corridor Study.




RTC TO PRESENT RESULTS OF YEARLONG TRANSPORTATION STUDY FOR THE VIRGINIA STREET CORRIDOR [36kB]
01/10/2014 :

The Regional Transportation Commission will host an Open House on Tuesday, Jan. 14th at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm to present the public input received for potential transportation improvements for the Virginia Street corridor and discuss the next phase for the study. A formal presentation will be given at 5:30 p.m.


The RTC began the study in January 2013 to conduct a multimodal (pedestrian, automobile, bicycle and transit) analysis for potential transportation improvements on Virginia Street from North McCarran Boulevard to the Mt. Rose Highway. It will also look at improvement opportunities along the corridor with regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). When completed, the plan will identify short- and long-term improvements and develop a funding and implementation strategy. “The RTC has received extensive input from the community, including businesses, residents and other interested stakeholders. We’re looking forward to the next phase and continued public participation,” said Amy Cummings, RTC Director of Planning. The study is being conducted in partnership with the City of Reno and UNR.


The public is invited to attend to meet with the project team, discuss the results and provide comments. For more information visit www.rtcwashoe.com and click on HOT TOPICS / Virginia Street Corridor Study.




WEST PLUMB LANE TO REOPEN ON CHRISTMAS EVE DAY [36kB]
12/23/2013 :

As families and friends begin gathering for the Christmas holiday, West Plumb Lane from Ferris Lane to West McCarran Boulevard will be reopened to through traffic on December 24th and remain open until work on the final phase of the enhancements resumes. All utility contracts have been completed, new underground water, sewer and drainage improvements have been installed and concrete work and road section reconstruction is nearly finished.


Weather dependent project completion activities, including final paving and landscape replacements, are planned for early spring 2014. Work on other items will resume after the New Year. Occasional isolated lane closures may be encountered during work on these miscellaneous items. An official grand opening of the West Plumb Lane Project is being planned to occur in the spring.


The RTC, Sierra Nevada Construction, and their partners appreciate the cooperation and patience of the residents and the traveling public throughout completion of this neighborhood-enhancement project.


To view project updates for RTC road projects visit www.rtcwashoe.com, click on Road Projects under the Streets & Highways section of the website.




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

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


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


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


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


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




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

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


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


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




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

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




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

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




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

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




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

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




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

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




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

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




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

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




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

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




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

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




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

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

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

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

Watch KOLO Newscast.




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

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




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

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




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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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




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

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




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

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




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

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




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

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




RTC Celebrates 35 Years of Public Transportation in Washoe County With Community Event to Intrduce Eight New Environmentally Friendly Buses [37kB]
05/29/2013 :

The RTC invites the community to celebrate “An Investment in Transit.” RTC officials and local dignitaries will introduce eight brand new Gillig diesel-electric hybrid buses representing a $5 million investment at a community event that will also launch the celebration of 35-years of public transportation in the greater Reno-Sparks area. The community’s mass transit system has an annual ridership of over 8 million passenger trips which helps to reduce congestion, improve air quality and provides a transportation choice for thousands of people to get to work, school, shopping and recreational activities. These benefits help to preserve our quality of life in the Truckee Meadows.




RTC Seeks Input on Complete Streets Economic Analysis Survey [36kB]
05/23/2013 :

The Regional Transportation Commission in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is requesting public participation in a survey to help assess the economic impacts of roadways where Complete Streets have been implemented. During the past few years, RTC has redesigned some area streets to improve safety and enhance access for all users such as bicyclists, transit riders, pedestrians and motorists. Studies indicate numerous safety benefits for Complete Street redesigns, including reducing vehicle crashes and pedestrian injuries/ fatalities. Yet there is minimal information about the economic impacts to businesses and homeowners such as property values, crime and vacancy rates.




5-Year Paratransit Plan Open House [37kB]
05/14/2013 :

The RTC is hosting a community open house to review preliminary recommendations to improve RTC ACCESS paratransit service in the Truckee Meadows. RTC ACCESS is a paratransit service for people with disabilities providing prearranged door-to-door transportation for those who cannot ride regular public transit. The RTC wants to hear from the public on the potential recommendations to improve the services for senior citizens and people with disabilities. RTC project team members will be available to provide information, answer questions and gather input for the plan.




RTC Recruiting New Members for Transportation Advisory Committees [36kB]
05/03/2013 :

 

The RTC has openings for its Citizens and Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committees. Volunteers provide input to guide the RTC’s plans for all aspects of surface transportation concerning roads, transit, bicycle and pedestrian issues. They help review RTC goals and objectives and offer feedback and recommendations which is beneficial to the RTC Board of Commissioners. Community participation is the foundation for the projects and programs RTC administers on behalf of the citizens of Washoe County.




RTC Community Open House for 4th Street Prater Way Corridor Preliminary Design and Environmental Study [37kB]
04/29/2013 :

The RTC is hosting a community open house to begin the preliminary design and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study for a portion of the corridor from Evans Avenue to Pyramid Way. This event kicks off the next phase of the 4th Street and Prater Way Corridor Enhancement Project which began with a study in September 2011 and finalized in June 2012. The public is invited to receive information and provide input on preferred multimodal enhancements for the historic corridor. Elements for consideration include transit improvements, streetscape alternatives and information about potential environmental impacts. The project team will be on hand to provide information, answer questions and listen to ideas and suggestions from the public.




Community Meetings Scheduled on Proposed Changes to RTC RIDE 2, 7, & 17 and a New Route 22 [53kB]
04/29/2013 :

RTC will host two community meetings to discuss proposed changes to RTC RIDE routes. The first will occur on April 30th, 6-7:30 p.m. at the North Hills Raley’s Community Room located at 1075 North Hills Blvd. to discuss the proposal to modify Routes 7 and 17 to better serve the North Valleys.




RTC Hosts Open House to Update Community on the Current Status of the SouthEast Connector Project on Thursday, March 28 [38kB]
03/26/2013 :

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) is hosting a Public Information Open House to share information on the current status of the SouthEast Connector (SEC) project and to solicit public input on a variety of proposed design elements.




RTC Hosts Public Information Meeting on the Realignment of Geiger Grade to US 395A (Old US 395) [36kB]
03/25/2013 :

 

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) in cooperation with the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is proposing to realign Geiger Grade Road to make an additional connection with US 395A (Old US 395), south of Veterans Parkway. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), a public information meeting to brief the community on the project and to receive comments and suggestions from them will be held.




RTC Public Hearing for Pyramid Way and McCarran Blvd. Intersection Improvement Project [36kB]
03/17/2013 :

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC), in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) addressing the potential impacts of the Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard Intersection Improvement Project. A public hearing to present the project’s Preferred Alternative will be held to obtain public input on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.




RTC to Unveil Transportation Vision for Washoe County [37kB]
03/13/2013 :

During the past 18 months, the RTC has developed the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) which identifies the transportation projects and services that will help improve mobility for riding transit, walking, biking, and driving over the next 20 years. These projects support the RTP guiding principles to promote safe & healthy communities, economic development & diversification, sustainability, and increased travel choices.




Public Participation and Comment Period Now Open for the Pyramid-McCarran Intersection Draft EIS [60kB]
03/11/2013 :

The RTC announces the opening of the public participation and comment period for the Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which addresses the potential impacts of the project.  A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Ponderosa B Conference Room, John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV 89431.




Public Information Meeting for the Geiger Grade Realignment Project [563kB]
03/11/2013 :

The Nevada Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and the RTC will host a public information meeting to receive input on the realignment of Geiger Grade Road to US 395A (old US 395) south of Veterans Parkway on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Galena High School Cafeteria, 3600 Butch Cassidy Way, Reno NV 89511 from 4p to 7p.  Written comments will be accepted until 5:00p Friday, April 12, 2013. Please submit comments to Steve Cooke, P.E., NDOT Environmental Services Division Chief, 1263 S Stewart Street, Carson City, NV 89712 (775) 888-7013; email: scooke@dot.state.nv.us.




Public Participation and Comment Period Now Open for the RTC Draft 2035 Regional Transportation Plan [29kB]
02/26/2013 :

 

 

 

The RTC announces the opening of the public participation and comment period for the 2035 Draft Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The RTC has developed the Draft 2035 RTP based on input from the community. The plan identifies the transportation projects and services that will help improve mobility for riding transit, walking, biking, and driving over the next 20 years. These projects support the RTP guiding principles to promote safe & healthy communities, economic development & diversification, sustainability, and increased travel




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

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

 

 




RTC President's Day Schedule [32kB]
02/15/2013 :

 

The Regional Transportation Commission’s administrative offices will be closed on
Monday, Feb. 18 in observance of the President’s Day holiday.

All RTC transit services will operate on the regular schedule for the holiday. RTC Passenger Services at RTC 4TH STREET STATION will be open regular business hours 7 am – 7 pm.




RTC Hosts Open House for Proposed RTC RIDE Summer 2013 Service Change and Fare Concepts [29kB]
02/15/2013 :

The public is invited to attend an open house to learn about and provide comments on proposed
service change concepts for RTC RIDE routes and proposed fare concepts for RTC transit services.




RTC Seeks Public Input for Five-Year Paratransit Plan Community Open House on February 12, 2013 [27kB]
02/10/2013 :

 

The RTC is hosting a community open house to receive input to update the RTC 5-Year Paratransit
Plan.The RTC project team will be available to provide information, answer questions and hear ideas
and suggestions on how to improve current paratransit services and plan for the future.




MAKE IT A SAFE NEW YEAR’S EVE ON RTC TRANSIT SERVICES [29kB]
12/27/2012 :

 

The Regional Transportation Commission and its Safe RIDE partners want people to avoid drinking and driving for everyone’s safety this holiday.




RTC SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEAR'S DAY [27kB]
12/21/2012 :


Inaugural Megabus.com Express Bus Service Begins on Wednesday, December 12 [27kB]
12/10/2012 :