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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.





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

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

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

“We’re proud to be able to make sure everyone is able to try transit for free, and give voters options to reach the polling places,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.

To plan a trip, go to http://www.RTCwashoe.com and click on System Map.




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


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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

Reno, NV (Oct. 15, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is inviting members of the public to a luncheon featuring a discussion on transportation and the quality of life in the region. The luncheon will take place at RTC at 2050 Villanova Drive under the I-580 freeway on Wednesday, October 29th at 11:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. A presentation will begin at about noon. The event is being put on by Truckee Meadows Tomorrow, which is a non-profit organization, monitoring indicators of the quality of life in the area. Among these indicators are: health care, affordability, safety and transportation. The event is also sponsored by RTC.

The roundtable will feature a panel of speakers on the topic of how transportation impacts the area’s quality of life. The scheduled panelists are representatives of the Regional Transportation Commission, Nevada Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration.

All members of the public are invited to attend, however a $10 donation is requested to help Truckee Meadows Tomorrow continue its mission from those who are not already members. For more information, go to http://RTCwashoe.com and click on Hot Topics.




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

Effective November 1, 2014

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

The program previously also required participants be at least 65. However, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County Board voted to lower the age requirement to 60. Under the former guidelines, a household needed to make less than $40-thousand a year. The new household income requirement is less than $45-thousand a year. Additionally, the Board voted to open the program to all Washoe County veterans regardless of age who meet the income requirement. It is estimated there are more than 34-thousand veterans in Washoe County with five percent living at or below poverty. 

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

Those who are clients of the paratransit service RTC ACCESS, who meet the household income requirement, may buy taxi bucks regardless of their age.

Taxi bucks may be purchased at the Washoe County Senior Center, which is located at 1155 E. 9th Street in Reno. They may also be purchased by mail from RTC. Instructions for mail order are at: http://www.rtcwashoe.com/public-transportation-2-91.html.




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

Current Schedule of Home Night Games:

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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




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

Reno, NV (July 25, 2014) – During a public meeting in May, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County presented a roundabout concept for potential inclusion in the reconstruction of Mayberry Drive. The concept was proposed for the intersection of Hunter Lake Drive and Mayberry Drive, and never advanced to the design phase. Based on feedback from the community, RTC is moving forward with the reconstruction of Mayberry Drive without the inclusion of a roundabout at this time.

While all plans for this location are preliminary and conceptual, the current contract being considered calls for replacement of the traffic signal at Mayberry Drive and Hunter Lake Drive. The existing traffic signal utilizes an old method of detecting vehicles, and was programmed to be updated. Installation of a new, modern traffic signal would improve reliability and enhance the intersection. The RTC Board also indicated its support for replacing the traffic signal instead of creating a roundabout as it received an engineering report at its meeting today.

While analysis shows a roundabout would function well at Mayberry Drive and Hunter Lake Drive, RTC recognizes the need to provide the community with more information on the benefits of roundabouts. Should a roundabout be envisioned in the future, it would require a new contract that would go through a review process. There would also be significant opportunity for the public to provide input.

In addition to a new traffic signal, the current scope of the project involves reconstruction of Mayberry Drive from Hunter Lake Drive to California Avenue. The project would result in smoother pavement and new crosswalk and other street markings. After a design is created, reviewed and approved, reconstruction would not likely begin until 2015.

For more information on the Mayberry Drive reconstruction project go to: http://www.rtcwashoe.com/section-hot-topics




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Who: RTC Planners, members of the public

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

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


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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

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


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




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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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




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

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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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


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


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


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




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.

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

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




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

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




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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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




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

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




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

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




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

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




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

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




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 :