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Community Invited to Transforming Virginia Street Construction Kick-Off Block Party

 

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When: Thursday, August 23 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: 800 S. Virginia St. (Parking lot next to Midtown Eats)

 

Reno, Nevada (August 14, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) and Midtown businesses invite the community to a Transforming Virginia Street Construction Kick-Off Block Party on Thursday, August 23 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 800 S. Virginia Street (parking lot next to Midtown Eats) to mark the start of the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project.

 

The event will be a pre-playa celebration with a construction photo booth, an art car and DJ. There will be free food, non-alcoholic beverages and giveaways. Attendees can sign up for Virginia Street project updates at the event for an opportunity to receive two Burning Man tickets and playa accessories.

 

There will be an opportunity for people to share their ideas with the City of Reno for potential public art in the corridor.

 

Attendees will be able to meet the project team, learn about the project and upcoming construction activities, and new ways to get to Midtown.

 

Construction on the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. The $80-million investment in our community will create connectivity between Midtown Reno and the University of Nevada, Reno, and will support economic development, enhance safety, and improve livability in the corridor. The project addresses critical transportation needs including improving transit connectivity, efficiency, and timeliness through connecting RAPID to the University, improving safety for all modes, correcting ADA sidewalk deficiencies, improving traffic operations and beautifying the corridor. The project is funded with fuel tax, federal and private funds.

 

 

 

RTC to Hold Community Meeting for Midtown to UNR Bicycle Improvements

 

Media photo, video and interview opportunity:

When: Monday, August 20 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: Reno City Hall Council Chamber (1 E. First Street, Reno)

 

Reno, Nevada (August 13, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) invites the public to attend a community meeting about potential bicycle improvements for the Midtown to UNR corridor on Center Street and Sierra Street. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 20 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Reno City Hall Council Chamber, located at 1 E. First Street in Reno.

 

The meeting will allow community members to provide input to improve connectivity between the University of Nevada, Reno, downtown Reno and the Midtown District to enhance bicycle-commuting options within the region.

 

One-Way Traffic on 4th Street Starts August 13

 

Reno, Nevada (August 10, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) plans to close eastbound traffic on 4th Street in Reno from Quincy Avenue to Evans Avenue from August 13 to August 31 for paving. Westbound traffic will not be affected by the lane closure. Eastbound traffic can detour on Evans Avenue to Sutro Avenue via 2nd Street or 6th Street.

 

In addition to the lane closures, the RTC also plans to close the 4th Street/Evans Avenue intersection from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on August 15 and again on August 31 for paving. Traffic will be detoured to Lake Street. 

 

The work is part of the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit project.

 

Businesses along this corridor remain open and accessible during construction.

 

Construction operations are weather permitting. For the latest updates, text 4PRATER to 797979, or visit 4thPrater.com to sign up for email notifications.

 

The work is part of an overall $58-million investment in the community to better connect Downtown Reno and Downtown Sparks and provide access to jobs and education opportunities. The 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project involves widening sidewalks, adding bike lanes, adding new landscaping and moving utilities underground. The final component of the project will be a new RAPID bus line, called the Lincoln Line, debuting in late 2018. The new RAPID service celebrates the famous Lincoln Highway. Completion of construction is anticipated in fall of 2018.

 

 

 

RTC Seeks Public Comments for 2040 Regional Transportation Plan and Regional Transportation Improvement Program Amendments

 

Reno, Nevada (July 31, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), is asking for public comments on its 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) amendments. Citizens of this metropolitan area have the opportunity to review and comment on Amendment No. 1 to the 2040 RTP and Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018-2022 RTIP

 

The RTP is one of the most important transportation documents of the region containing all regionally significant transportation programs and projects through 2040, including but not limited to, streets and highways, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and transportation system and demand management programs.  Any street and highway or transit project proposed to be built with federal funds must be consistent with the 2040 RTP.

 

This amendment proposes the following:

 

  • Incorporating Phase 1 of the Nevada Department of Transportation’s (NDOT) Reno Spaghetti Bowl Improvement Project for the 2017-2021 timeframe. This project is currently being developed through an alternatives analysis and environmental review process.

  • Extending the project limits of a proposed widening of Lemmon Drive between Fleetwood Drive and Arkansas Street further north to Chickadee Drive and also includes raising of the road base for flood-mitigation measures.

  • A widening project for North Virginia Street between Stead Boulevard and Panther Drive.

  • The extension of the Lincoln Line Bus RAPID Transit on West 4th Street to Keystone Avenue to the Unfunded Vision for Transit.

 

Other changes in the proposed amendment include shifts in the estimated implementation time for some projects and will eliminate some redundancies and inconsistencies on NDOT freeway projects now that more information has become available since the initial 2040 RTP adoption due to recent NDOT freeway studies.

 

The FFY 2018-2022 RTIP is a five-year plan of major state highway, regional road, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects for Washoe County. The RTIP represents a prioritized program directed at meeting Washoe County's growing transportation needs while improving the region's air quality, transportation efficiency, safety and mobility. The RTIP is required by federal regulation and serves as a useful tool in planning and programming transportation system improvements. 

 

Amendment No. 1 will add several projects, including some of those referenced above as a result of the 2040 RTP amendment, Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside Program projects approved by the RTC Board on May 21, 2018, and projects approved by the RTC Board on June 15, 2018, as part of the Coordinated Human Services Public Transit Plan (CTP) programmed with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 funds.

 

An air-quality analysis of the capacity projects for the RTP amendment was conducted to ensure Transportation Conformity with the region’s State Implementation Plan (SIP), as is required to maintain National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

 

Copies of Amendment No. 1 to the 2040 RTP and FFY 2018-2022 RTIP are available for viewing and comment during regular business hours at the RTC Planning Offices at 1105 Terminal Way, Suite 211, Reno and on the RTC website for a 21-day period starting on Friday, July 27, 2018, and ending on Thursday, August 16, 2018.  A public hearing will be held by the RTC Board following the public comment period.  Any comments received will be forwarded to the RTC Board. 

 

Citizens can send comments on these proposed documents during the 21-day review period to the following address by mail, telephone, facsimile, or electronically: 

 

RTC Planning Offices

1105 Terminal Way, Suite 211, Reno, NV 89502

775.348.0480

775.348.0450 FAX

ddoenges@rtcwashoe.com

 

Don’t Drive, Arrive! To Truckee Meadows Special Events

 

Reno, Nevada (July 26, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), the City of Reno and the City of Sparks are inviting the community to, “Don’t Drive, Arrive!” The campaign encourages people to use other modes of transportation to get to and from special events, knowing that parking is often an issue.

 

When you don’t drive, you spend less time in traffic and finding parking, and more time arriving refreshed and ready to enjoy special events.

 

It’s easy to get to special events using RTC transit, or to choose to walk, bike or use bike share. Visit DontDriveArrive.com for help getting to and from special events.

 

Go to rtcwashoe.com to plan your trip using schedules and the system map or use Google Transit to input your starting point and destination. Check for any detours on the transit alerts page.

 

To buy a transit pass, visit a pass vending machine at RTC 4TH STREET STATION or RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA. You can also download the Token Transit app and buy your pass on your phone and get the Nextbus app to know how many minutes before your bus arrives. The apps are available for both Android and Apple smartphones.

 

 

 

4th Street/Sutro Street Intersection to Close for Paving Starting July 16

 

4th Street from Quincy Street to Montello Street also closed to through traffic for paving

 

 

 

Reno, Nevada (July 13, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) plans to temporarily close the 4th Street/Sutro Street intersection for paving starting on Monday, July 16 and reopening by approximately Saturday, July 28. During the same time period, 4th Street will also be closed to through traffic from Quincy Street to Montello Street.

 

 

 

Signed detours will be in place for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Traffic going eastbound and westbound will detour to 6th Street. Traffic going northbound and southbound will detour to Wells Avenue. The work is part of the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit project.

 

 

 

Businesses along this corridor remain open and accessible during construction.

 

 

 

Construction operations are weather permitting. For the latest updates, text 4PRATER to 797979, or visit 4thPrater.com to sign up for email notifications.

 

 

 

The work is part of an overall $58-million investment in the community to better connect Downtown Reno and Downtown Sparks and provide access to jobs and education opportunities. The 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project involves widening sidewalks, adding bike lanes, adding new landscaping and moving utilities underground. The final component of the project will be a new RAPID bus line, called the Lincoln Line, debuting in late 2018. The new RAPID service celebrates the famous Lincoln Highway. Completion of construction is anticipated in fall of 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

RTC Board Approves Grant Funding for Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities

 

 

 

Reno, Nevada (July 2, 2018) – The RTC Board approved $688,863 in grant funding for five local agencies to improve mobility for local seniors and individuals with disabilities. The RTC administers the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Section 5310 Funding Program for the Reno-Sparks area.

 

 

 

Funding was 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, specifically seniors and individuals with disabilities.

 

 

 

The following grants have been approved for funding effective October 1, 2018:

 

 

 

  • Senior Outreach Services (SOS) - $63,779

  • Direct-service volunteer outreach program assisting home-bound seniors without support systems with their transportation needs.

  • Washoe County Human Services Agency (WCHSA) - $115,274

  • Expansion of WCHSA's free transportation services to urbanized areas of Washoe County and areas of the North Valleys that are not accessible to the senior and disabled population.

  • Sierra Nevada Transportation Coalition (SNTC) Bucks Program/N4 Accessible Rides Program - $226,686

  • Expansion of the SNTC Bucks Program by providing $40 in Lyft or Uber rides for $10. Participants can purchase up to $160 in rides for $40 per month, as subsidized by the program.

  • Senior Companion Program (SIS) - $101,737

  • Provides transportation social support for seniors 60 years and older who are living independently and have limited access to outside resources.

  • Access to Healthcare Network (AHN) - Non-Emergency Medical Related Transportation $181,387

  • Provides non-emergency medical transportation for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities.

 

 

 

 

The funding is awarded and distributed over a two-year cycle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RTC Receives Federal Approval for Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project

 

Notice of Availability of EA/FONSI

 

 

 

Reno, Nevada (June 20, 2018) – On Friday, June 15, 2018, the RTC received notification the U.S. Department of Transportation’s  Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based on their review of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project. The FONSI document outlines the determinations and findings of the environmental analysis in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  The document includes information about the selection of the preferred alternative, analysis of a range of environmental topics, and the response to comments, among other areas of review. 

 

 

 

The Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project will enhance all modes of transportation with improved RAPID bus services extended to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). This service will better link the UNR campus to Downtown Reno and to Midtown Reno, as well as enhance safety and mobility for everyone. The project will create an improved experience for people by adding bike lanes near UNR, planting trees along the corridor, and constructing wider sidewalks that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The project represents an $80-million investment for the region.  

 

 

 

The approved EA/FONSI document and supporting documentation is now available for viewing.  Copies of the EA/FONSI document are available for public viewing at the RTC Engineering Department at 1105 Terminal Way, Suite 108, Reno, NV 89502, the Washoe County Downtown Library at 301 S. Center Street, Reno, NV 89501, Reno City Clerk’s Office at 1 E. 1st Street, Reno, NV 89501 (second floor) and at rtcwashoe.com and virginiastreetrapidextension.com.

 

With the issuance of the FONSI, the RTC will proceed to further engineering and design, and begin utility relocations, right-of-way acquisitions, and roadway and transit improvements. 

 

 

 

“We appreciate the FTA’s decision to issue the FONSI to move this project forward. This project represents a substantial improvement of the transit options, pedestrian facilities, and urban environment for Virginia Street.” said RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson. “I am confident the RTC will receive the federal funding appropriated to deliver this significant project in the region.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastbound 4th Street to Close for Construction Starting June 18

Road Closures also on 4th Street at Galletti Way, Sage Street, 6th Street

 

Reno, Nevada (June 15, 2018) –The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) plans to temporarily close eastbound 4th Street in Reno from Galletti Way to Montello Street for paving, utility adjustments and striping from Monday, June 18 through approximately July 25. Westbound traffic can continue to use 4th Street. During the closure, eastbound drivers will be detoured to 9th Street or Oddie Boulevard. Businesses along this corridor remain open and accessible during construction.

 

Paving operations will include the following closures:

 

  • Galletti Way at 4th Street from Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 29.

    • Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians can access Galletti Way from Kietzke Lane. Galletti Way businesses and buildings, including Cemex, NDOT District II and the Nevada DMV, can also be accessed by using the detour from Kietzke Lane.

       

  • Sage Street at 4th Street from Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 29.

    • People needing to access the Waste Management Transfer Station will detour to Sutro Street to E. Commercial Row during the closure.

 

  • 6th Street at 4th Street from Friday, June 29 – Wednesday, July 18.

    • 6th Street will be accessible from Montello Street.

 

Please follow signed detours. The work is part of the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit (BRT) project.

 

Construction operations are weather permitting. For the latest updates, text 4PRATER to 797979, or visit 4thPrater.com to sign up for email notifications.

 

The work is part of an overall $58-million investment in the community to better connect Downtown Reno and Downtown Sparks and provide access to jobs and education opportunities. The 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project involves widening sidewalks, adding bike lanes, adding new landscaping and moving utilities underground. The final component of the project will be a new RAPID bus line, called the Lincoln Line, debuting in late 2018. The new RAPID service celebrates the famous Lincoln Highway. Completion of construction is anticipated in fall of 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

RTC Bus Route 11 Partially Returns to Regular Route Following Construction

 

Reno, Nevada (June 13, 2018) – Starting on June 18, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) plans to put Route 11 along 4th Street/Prater Way back on its regular route from RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA to 6th Street in Reno. Route 11 will still be on its detour route on 4th Street from 6th Street to RTC 4TH STREET STATION.

 

The RTC had been detouring this bus line due to construction as part of the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project. Construction is mostly completed along Route 11 on Prater Way, allowing the route to partially return to regular operations.

 

In addition to its existing stops, Route 11 will have four temporary marked bus stops, including outbound stops near Prater Way/16th Street and Prater Way/El Rancho Drive, and inbound stops near Prater Way/15th Street and Prater Way/El Rancho Drive.

 

To plan your trip, visit rtcwashoe.com.

 

The construction work is part of an overall $58-million investment in the community to better connect Downtown Reno and Downtown Sparks and provide access to jobs and education opportunities. The 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project involves widening sidewalks, adding bike lanes, adding new landscaping and moving utilities underground. The final component of the project will be a new RAPID bus line, called the Lincoln Line, debuting in late 2018. The new RAPID service celebrates the famous Lincoln Highway. Completion of construction is anticipated in fall of 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

RTC Lowers Cost of Bus Passes for Everyone, Extends Reduced Fares to Veterans and More Seniors

 

Reno, Nevada (May 31, 2017) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) Board recently approved making bus passes more affordable for everyone and extending reduced-fare eligibility to benefit Veterans and seniors. The RTC is also simplifying transit-fare options to make buying a bus pass easier and to encourage more people to use transit. 

 

“We’re proud to lower bus fares to create a more cost-effective transportation choice for seniors in our community and for the Veterans who have served our country with honor and courage,” said RTC Chair and City of Sparks Mayor Pro Tempore Ron Smith.

 

University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) students will also benefit from new, lower bus pass prices.

 

When these new fare changes go into effect this fall, Veterans will be eligible for reduced transit fares and the age for reduced senior-fare eligibility will decrease from age 65 to 60, allowing more seniors and Veterans to qualify for reduced fares.

 

New transit pricing includes:

  • The 24-Hour Pass will change to a Day Pass. Prices will be reduced from $5.00 to $3.00 (regular cost) and $2.50 to $1.50 (reduced cost). Transfers will be eliminated. Day Passes will expire at midnight of the same day of activation.

  • The 7-Day Pass price will be reduced from $19.50 to $14.50 (regular cost) and $9.75 to $6.00 (reduced cost).

  • The 31-Day Disabled Pass price will be $32.50.

  • Veterans will qualify for the reduced-fare rate offered to seniors, youth and individuals with disabilities.

  • The price of student Wolf Pass and TMCC bus passes will decrease from $230 to $147 annually, or $73.50 for a six-month pass

  • The price of a single trip for individuals with disabilities will decrease from $1.00 to $0.75. The price of a single trip for an ACCESS ID holder will change from $0.50 to $0.75.

 

“The new fare structure will ensure the availability of affordable public transportation to everyone, provide fare equity among public transportation services and passenger categories, and provide a strong incentive for transit use to help reduce region-wide traffic congestion, air pollution and fuel consumption,” said Lee Gibson, RTC Executive Director. “Overall this will help to increase transit ridership.”

 

These changes will become effective on September 4, 2018. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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.

 

 

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