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Mira Loma Drive Closure to Start March 24


Reno, Nevada (March 19, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) plans to close Mira Loma Drive in Reno at the construction limits of the future intersection starting Saturday, March 24, 2018 for about seven weeks for construction work in preparation for the new Veterans Parkway/Mira Loma Drive intersection on the SouthEast Connector project. The closure will allow crews to construct the intersection more quickly.


All traffic, including bicyclists and pedestrians looking to go into and out of Hidden Valley, will be detoured to Pembroke Drive.


Rosewood Lakes and Heron’s Landing residents who use Fairwood Drive and Heron’s Landing Drive will not be impacted and will be able to continue to use Mira Loma Drive while the closure is in place.


The RTC would like to remind drivers using the detour to be safe and respectful of the speed limits through the Hidden Valley neighborhood and to watch for children playing.


At 88% completion, the RTC is in the homestretch on the way to finishing the SouthEast Connector. Only three major activities remain prior to opening the road to traffic, including constructing the Mira Loma Drive intersection, finishing Huffaker Bridge and final paving operations. Road paving and striping will be the final activities to occur as crews wait for warmer spring and summer temperatures to arrive.


The SouthEast Connector Project is anticipated to be complete in summer of 2018, weather permitting. For project updates, visit to sign up for stakeholder email notifications, or follow RTC on Facebook and Twitter.




Lane Closure Planned for Evans Avenue Bicycle Improvements Project


Reno, Nevada (March 15, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) plans to close the northbound lane of Evans Avenue from Highland Avenue to McCarran Boulevard starting Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23. The southbound lane will remain open to traffic. The closure is timed to coincide with the University of Nevada, Reno’s (UNR) spring break to minimize the impact on students and faculty.


Crews will be resuming construction of the Evans Avenue Bicycle Improvements Project, which will better connect downtown Reno to UNR and make it easier and safer for bicyclists and pedestrians to get around. The project features new bike lanes and a new multi-use path for students and neighborhood residents.


The project starts on Evans Avenue near Greater Nevada Field in Downtown Reno, and goes north around the east side of UNR to McCarran Boulevard.


This project is important because it designates areas for pedestrians and bicyclists in an area where many people bike and walk. Studies have shown that designated pedestrian zones promote safety, lead to higher pedestrian visibility and can lead to fewer crashes and injuries.


The project is expected to be completed before students graduate in May 2018. For more information, visit, or follow RTC on Facebook and Twitter.




Federal Funding Available for Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Disabled Individuals


Reno, Nevada (February 16, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is now accepting applications for Federal Section 5310 grant funding available to our community through the Federal Transit Administration. 


Funding is available for projects that support the goals and strategic objectives in the RTC-developed Coordinated Human Services Public Transportation Plan (CTP). These goals represent a regional strategy to increase personal mobility and travel options for people with special-transportation needs in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County, including seniors and individuals with disabilities.


The RTC administers the Section 5310 Funding Program for the Reno-Sparks region, and is asking eligible local entities to apply for funding on or before the April 2, 2018 deadline. Projects will be funded for two years beginning October 1, 2018, and must exceed a minimum of $50,000 per year. The two-year program funding is based upon federal appropriations of approximately $660,000.


Section 5310 funds are available for capital and operating expenses to support the provision of transportation services designed to enhance the specific needs of seniors and people with disabilities. All projects must be situated in the Reno, Sparks or Washoe County urban area and considered filling a need in the CTP. The CTP and the application materials are available for review at


Agencies eligible to receive funding include local governments, private non-profits, private for-profits, and tribal governments as identified in the federal guidelines. Applicants must complete an application and submit a detailed budget. For more information about how to submit an application, visit









Public Reminded to Stay Out of SouthEast Connector Construction Site


Reno, Nevada (January 30, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is reminding the public not to trespass on the SouthEast Connector project site during construction. Moving equipment, uneven surfaces and construction materials all pose a safety hazard to anyone who enters the 360-acre project site.


“As crews get closer to completing the SouthEast Connector, we know people are excited to use the new road and multi-use path, but we’re asking for the public’s patience so we can safely complete the last phase of the construction process,” said Brian Stewart, RTC Director of Engineering.  


All project-site entrances are clearly marked and monitored by security cameras 24-hours a day. If theft or vandalism occurs at the project site, a trespasser’s camera-captured image could be associated with that theft or vandalism.


Anyone entering the project site for work, a delivery or other business must check in with project staff at the onsite office. Due to construction-safety regulations, everyone on the job site must wear the required safety equipment.


For safety, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians should obey all construction warning signs and follow posted speed limits near the construction zone.


The RTC would also like to remind the public to use extra caution and watch for construction workers and equipment where the SouthEast Connector crosses Pembroke Drive and Mira Loma Drive. Rosewood Lakes and the new Veterans Memorial Bridge are also still active construction zones.


In addition, the RTC is reminding people not to fly drones over the project site without approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the project team. Currently, Granite Construction does one drone flyover each month for engineering and project management purposes. The videos are made available to the public on the project website. Granite Construction has gone through the certification process and obtained a UAV License with the FAA. All Granite Construction-operated flights are preregistered with the control tower at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.


The SouthEast Connector Project is anticipated to be complete in early summer of 2018. For project updates, visit to sign up for stakeholder email notifications, or follow RTC on Facebook and Twitter.











USDA to Begin Ongoing Bird Dispersal Measures for Airport Safety at RTC SouthEast Connector Project Site


Media photo, video and interview opportunity: When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. Where: Meet at SouthEast Connector construction office near Clean Water Way to be escorted onto the project site. See attached map.

Media RSVP: Please email if you plan to attend.

Who: Cameron Green, USDA Wildlife Specialist and Garth Oksol, RTC SouthEast Connector Project Manager


Reno, Nevada (January 16, 2018) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is planning to non-lethally disperse birds away from the SouthEast Connector project site wetlands area, near the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Due to the winter migration, there has been an uptick in the number of birds, specifically gulls, flying between Virginia Lake and the SouthEast Connector project site, near the wetlands. The gulls fly through the Reno-Tahoe International Airport airfields and pose a safety threat to humans and aircraft.


To encourage the gulls to move away from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the USDA will use noise-making devices, such as fireworks and pyrotechnics. 


Vegetation has been planted at the SouthEast Connector project site to help mitigate this issue. Once the vegetation grows in, the area will cease to be an attractive location for gulls, and further mitigation will likely be unnecessary.


Residents in the Hidden Valley area will likely hear these banging and whistling sounds periodically during daytime hours until the birds relocate. This process is expected to begin immediately and is anticipated to continue periodically through late spring.


The SouthEast Connector Project is anticipated to be complete in early summer of 2018. For project updates, visit to sign up for stakeholder email notifications, or follow RTC on Facebook and Twitter.
















Great Winter Driving Reminder Tips from the NHTSA.





 RTC Earns EDAWN’s Prestigious Community Partner Award




Reno, Nevada (October 31, 2017) – The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) recognized the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) at its annual Existing Industry Awards Event at the Atlantis Casino Resort on October 24.




EDAWN presented the RTC with the Community Partner Award. The prestigious award recognizes public-sector community partners for their investment and commitment to the region, and their contributions to our economic vitality. 




“I am proud of this recognition and the work we do that supports workforce development, business attraction and retention,” said RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson. “This award exemplifies our strong partnerships and engagement with the business community, our elected and community leaders and the general public overall, underscoring the transportation investments we deliver to the region.”




Companies and organizations from Washoe County, Storey County, Reno, Sparks and Fernley were recognized for their valuable contributions at the annual event.









In other news:


As a part of tax reform, Congress is considering eliminating the transportation fringe benefit. This is a benefit that provides commuters with the option of tax-free employer provided parking and transit. Eliminating this benefit would impact almost all commuting Americans and would create an accounting nightmare for businesses of all sizes.




Additionally, eliminating this benefit would impact transit ridership and as a result would create more congestion on our nations transportation system. We are joining forces with the Commuter Benefits Works for Us coalition and are asking you to act today by helping spread the word and contacting your Member of Congress.




Below, is a link that allows individuals to make their voice heard to their Members of Congress.


A moving tribute to life-long Metro Transit rider


Sacramento bus stop converted into music venue



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Don’t Drive Arrive!

RTC Provides Free Transportation for Wolf Pack Game Viewers


Reno, Nevada (March 21, 2018) – The RTC is proud to support the Wolf Pack and the community by offering free transportation on all regularly scheduled RTC transit services on Thursday, March 22 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.


“We know fans will be out cheering on the Wolf Pack, and we want to help our community celebrate responsibly,” said RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson.


The goal of providing this free service is to keep our roads and crosswalks safe for everyone. The RTC encourages people to celebrate safely and responsibly by not getting behind the wheel or walking while impaired.


Free transit also spurs increased ridership and encourages people who have not tried transit before to do so.


The RTC encourages passengers to wear silver and blue on Thursday to back The Pack!


Keep in mind, not all locations are served by transit, so the RTC recommends passengers check route and schedule information at to plan a trip.