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RTC’s 12 Merry Days of Midtown Encourages Holiday Shopping During Construction

 

Reno, Nevada (December 3, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County is reminding the community to continue to patronize Midtown-area businesses during construction with a seasonal promotion called the 12 Merry Days of Midtown. The promotion encourages shoppers to visit Midtown businesses on weekdays in December and to post about their experiences on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #VirginiaStreetProject. People’s publicly visible posts with the hashtag will be entered for a chance to receive a $25 gift card to a theme-of-the-day Midtown business of their choice.

 

The promotion will culminate with a Transforming Virginia Street Holiday Party on Friday, December 21 at Craft Wine & Beer in Midtown from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The project team will randomly select one post from all #VirginiaStreetProject posts to receive $1,000 in gift cards to Midtown businesses. The recipient of the $1,000 in gift cards must be present at the holiday party.

 

The 12 Merry Days of Midtown theme days:

December 6: Breweries and Tap Houses

December 7: Beauty

December 10: Cafes and Coffee Shops

December 11: Professional Services

December 12: Fashion

December 13: Restaurants

December 14: Body Art

December 17: Bling and Shiny Things

December 18: Home Improvement and DIY

December 19: Bars

December 20: Health and Wellness

December 21: All Midtown Businesses

 

The hashtag #VirginiaStreetProject will continue throughout construction. People who post using the hashtag after December 21 will be eligible for a chance to receive a gift card to a Midtown business.

 

About the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension project:

 

This more-than-$80-million investment in our community will create connectivity between Midtown Reno and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and will support economic development, enhance safety, and improve livability in the corridor.

 

The project addresses critical transportation needs including improving transit operations by extending the Virginia Line RAPID transit service to UNR, correcting ADA sidewalk deficiencies, improving traffic operations and beautifying the corridor. Up to 300 trees will be added to the corridor as part of the project.

 

The project is funded with fuel tax revenue, federal and private funds.

 

More information:

For more information on the project, transit stops, construction operations, business-support opportunities and more, please visit VirginiaStreetProject.com, text Virginia to 797979, or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

Help RTC Stuff A Bus with Food for the Community on Dec. 5 & 6

 

Media photo, video and interview opportunity:

When: Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: Sam’s Club, 4835 Kietzke in Reno

 

Reno, Nevada (November 28, 2018) – Help people in need in our region this holiday season by helping RTC Stuff A Bus with food items on Wednesday, December 5 and Thursday, December 6. The RTC will have a bus at Sam's Club at 4835 Kietzke Lane in Reno from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. to collect non-perishable food items.

 

Suggested food items include:

•    Canned Meals: Stews, Soups, Spaghetti/Ravioli (Low-Sodium Preferred)

•    Protein: Peanut Butter, Tuna, Salmon, Chicken, Dried or Canned Beans

•    Grains: Whole Grain Cereal, Oatmeal, Brown Rice, Whole Grain Pasta

•    Fruits: Canned (Packed in 100% Juice or Light Syrup), Dried Fruit, Applesauce (No Sugar Added), 100% Fruit Juice Boxes

•    Vegetables: Canned (No Salt Added and/or Low-Sodium Preferred)

•    Dairy: Shelf Stable Milk

•    Kid-friendly Snacks: Granola Bars, Popcorn, Animal Crackers, Graham Crackers

•    Baby Products: Formula, Infant Cereal, Baby Food

 

Food donations will also be accepted at RTC transit stations Monday, December 3 through Thursday, December 6.

 

Help RTC Stuff A Bus for people in need! The donations will be given to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada at the conclusion of the event.

 

 

Community Asked to Take Vision Zero Pedestrian Safety Survey

 

Reno, Nevada (November 26, 2018) – Members of the Northern Nevada Vision Zero Task Force are asking for the community’s help with a pedestrian safety survey. The task force will be out on the streets in high-pedestrian-traffic areas of Reno and Sparks on November 26-30 asking pedestrians to take the quick survey in person. The survey is also available online in English and in Spanish. Surveys can be submitted until January 4, 2019.

 

The Northern Nevada Vision Zero Task Force is a regional partnership focusing on pedestrian safety in our community. Their vision is to work together to keep everyone safe on our roads. They will be focusing on four focus areas in our region, including Midtown Reno, West 4th Street, the University District and Downtown Sparks. The survey data that is collected will be used to identify and prioritize safety improvements in each of these four areas. The task force will also use the information gathered in these four areas and apply it to community-wide safety efforts.

 

The multi-jurisdictional Task Force is comprised of staff members from the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County, the City of Reno, the Reno Police Department, the City of Sparks, the Sparks Police Department, Washoe County, the Nevada Department of Public Safety, the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, the University of Nevada – Reno, University of Nevada – Las Vegas, Washoe County School District, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Highway Patrol, Washoe County Health District and REMSA.

 

The task force, with the support of local leaders, has made a commitment to take action to bring the number of fatalities on our roadways to zero. The task force will make equitable, data-driven, and transparent decisions to improve safety throughout our community. By partnering together to make roads and sidewalks safer for pedestrians, we make our roads safer for everyone.

 

For more information, visit https://zerofatalitiesnv.com/northern-nevada-vision-zero-task-force/.

 

 

Permanent Lane Closure Coming to Matley Lane Due to Recent Crashes

Reno, Nevada (November 20, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County is working with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) to permanently close one of the three lanes on Matley Lane, between Villanova Drive and Plumb Lane for safety after two recent car crashes into the RTC’s facility.

The southbound lane closest to RTC’s Jerry L. Hall Regional Transit & Operations Maintenance Facility on Matley Lane will close for safety, starting on Wednesday, November 21. Drivers exiting I-580 southbound using the Villanova Drive/Plumb Lane exit can expect a new traffic pattern. The intersections along this corridor will not be affected by the lane closure.

On Saturday, November 10, two separate car crashes occurred on Matley Lane, causing cars to enter RTC’s maintenance facility. No RTC staff or passengers were injured as a result of the crashes, but the RTC is taking action to improve safety and prevent potential future crashes from impacting RTC employees and the maintenance facility.

 

 

 

 

 

RTC Fares, Transit Schedules to Change on October 6

 

 

 

Reno, Nevada (September 27, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County will change its transit fares and implement minor adjustments to weekday schedules beginning Saturday, October 6. The changes include lower prices on some bus passes and fares as part of the RTC’s initiative to spur new ridership and provide passengers with reliable and on-time service.

 

 

 

“This is a system-wide service change to improve transit schedules and all routes will be enhanced,” said RTC Director of Public Transportation and Operations David Jickling. “Although these are minor schedule adjustments, we encourage our transit riders to check their routes to see the changes at rtcwashoe.com, or by calling 775-348-RIDE.”

 

 

 

Transit riders can recycle their old RTC Bus Book by trading it in for a free new RTC Bus Book at Customer Service offices at RTC 4TH STREET STATION and RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA starting on Friday, September 28. The new RTC Bus Book is also available online.

 

 

 

Transit riders will see new bus stop signs and materials start to go up around the community starting on Thursday, September 27. Even though new signs will be up, the changes will not go into effect until Saturday, October 6.

 

 

 

Some of the changes include weekday schedule changes and the renaming of the RTC INTERCITY service to REGIONAL CONNECTOR with service to and from Carson City. INTERCITY passes will still be valid on the REGIONAL CONNECTOR. The RTC’s new Lincoln Line service along the 4th Street/Prater Way corridor will also begin in October. Passengers are encouraged to check the schedule online.

 

 

 

Transit fare changes:

 

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

  • Transfers will be eliminated.

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

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

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

  • See new transit fares at: https://www.rtcwashoe.com/public-transportation/fares/.

 

The RTC also lowered fares for Veterans and more seniors (ages 60+) on September 4, 2018. For more information, visit rtcwashoe.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save 50% on Lyft Rideshare to Midtown During Construction

 

Reno, Nevada (September 7, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County and Lyft are teaming up to provide another option for people to get to Midtown Reno during the transforming Virginia Street construction operations.

 

Starting today, people can get 50% off their Lyft rideshare trip to Midtown, up to $10 off, using the code RAPID in the promo section of the app. People can also claim this code on Lyft’s website: https://www.lyft.com/invite/RAPID.

 

The code is valid for trips into the Midtown area within the construction zone. The code is valid for trips originating from anywhere in our community that is outside of the Midtown District.

 

Valid drop-off locations include anywhere on South Virginia Street between Liberty Street and Plumb Lane, and some additional areas along that corridor. Please see the shaded map for more precise location details.

 

How to get to Midtown:

There are more ways to get to Midtown than just on Virginia Street. As part of the project, South Virginia Street from Liberty Street to Plumb Lane is open to southbound traffic only.

 

Northbound traffic is detoured during construction. The northbound traffic detour on South Virginia starts at Wells Avenue to Vassar Street to Holcomb Avenue or Center Street. Northbound traffic can also detour to Holcomb Avenue to Mt. Rose Street to Plumas Street. Parallel and side streets along Virginia Street in Midtown provide access to all businesses.

 

About the project:

This more-than-$80-million investment in our community will create connectivity between Midtown Reno and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and will support economic development, enhance safety, and improve livability in the corridor.

 

The project addresses critical transportation needs including improving transit operations by extending the Virginia Line RAPID transit service to UNR, correcting ADA sidewalk deficiencies, improving traffic operations and beautifying the corridor. Up to 300 trees will be added to the corridor as part of the project.

 

The project is funded with fuel tax revenue, federal and private funds.

 

More information: For more information on the project, transit stops, construction operations, business-support opportunities and more, please visit VirginiaStreetRAPIDExtension.com/midtown, text Virginia to 797979, or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Temporary Parking Spaces Created During Midtown Construction

 

Reno, Nevada (September 6, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County is reminding drivers that parking is available in Midtown during construction of the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project.

 

In addition to the marked parking lot behind the Ponderosa Hotel with 36 spaces, there are 85 additional marked, angled parking spaces throughout the construction zone. Temporary parking spaces in the construction zone are on South Virginia Street between Thoma Street and Moran Street, between Vassar Street and Arroyo Street, and between Pueblo Street and Mt. Rose Street. Check signage for access from the southbound traffic lane. Temporary parking locations may change as construction progresses.

 

There are more ways to get to Midtown than just on Virginia Street. As part of the project, South Virginia Street from Liberty Street to Plumb Lane is open to southbound traffic only. Northbound traffic will detour on South Virginia Street starting at Wells Avenue to Vassar Street to Holcomb Avenue or Center Street. Northbound traffic can also detour to Mt. Rose Street to Plumas Street. Side streets along Virginia Street in Midtown provide access to all businesses.

 

About the project:

This more than $80-million investment in our community will create connectivity between Midtown Reno and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and will support economic development, enhance safety, and improve livability in the corridor.

 

The project addresses critical transportation needs including improving transit operations by extending the Virginia Line RAPID transit service to UNR, correcting ADA sidewalk deficiencies, improving traffic operations and beautifying the corridor. Up to 300 trees will be added to the corridor as part of the project.

 

The project is funded with fuel tax revenue, federal and private funds.

 

More information: For more information on the project, transit stops, construction operations, business-support opportunities and more, please visit VirginiaStreetRAPIDExtension.com/midtown, text Virginia to 797979, or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

RTC Transit Detours Planned for Virginia Street Project

 

Reno, Nevada (August 31, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County and local construction firm Sierra Nevada Construction (SNC) will begin to transform Virginia Street with the start of the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project in the Midtown Reno area on Tuesday, September 4.

 

During construction, South Virginia Street will be open to southbound traffic only from Liberty Street to Plumb Lane. Northbound traffic from Plumb Lane past Wells Avenue will be closed. Northbound transit stops along this corridor will also be closed during construction.

The northbound Virginia Line RAPID and Route 1 between Plumb Lane and Liberty Street will detour to Wells Avenue to Vesta Street to Holcomb Avenue to Burns Street to Center Street. RTC’s Virginia Line RAPID and Route 1 will continue on their usual southbound routes and stops during construction.

 

Virginia Line RAPID passengers who use the northbound stop at Virginia Street and Mt. Rose Street can use a temporary stop at Holcomb Avenue and Vesta Street.

 

Route 1 passengers can use the following temporary detour stops north of Plumb Lane:

 

  • Wells Avenue at Casazza Drive (Route 19 stop)

  • Holcomb Avenue at Vesta Street (temporary stop shared with RAPID)

  • Holcomb Avenue at East Arroyo Street (temporary stop)

  • South Center Street at Burns Street (RAPID stop)

  • South Center Street at Moran Street (temporary stop)

 

About the project:

This more than $80-million investment in our community will create connectivity between Midtown Reno and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and will support economic development, enhance safety, and improve livability in the corridor.

 

The project addresses critical transportation needs including improving transit operations by extending the Virginia Line RAPID transit service to UNR, correcting ADA sidewalk deficiencies, improving traffic operations and beautifying the corridor. Up to 300 trees will be added to the corridor as part of the project.

 

The project is funded with fuel tax revenue, federal and private funds.

 

More information: For more information on the project, transit stops, construction operations, business-support opportunities and more, please visit virginiastreetrapidextension.com/midtown, text Virginia to 797979, or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

RTC’s Lower Bus Fares for Veterans, More Seniors Start September 4

 

Reno, Nevada (August 30, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County’s lower bus fares for Veterans and more seniors are set to go into effect on Tuesday, September 4.

 

“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.

 

All Military Veterans with a driver’s license or state ID with a Veterans designation or DD form 214 will be qualified for the reduced-fare rate offered to seniors, youth and individuals with disabilities. Veterans may also qualify for an RTC Disabled ID card if they possess a VA card showing a service-connected disability.

 

The qualifying age for senior fares has dropped from age 65 to age 60, allowing more seniors to qualify for reduced fares.

 

The RTC Board of Commissioners approved lowering bus fares for Veterans and more seniors in May.

 

The RTC Board approved price decreases across the board for RTC transit services. On October 6, more price changes will go into effect, including:

 

  • 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.

  • 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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.