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RTC Offices Closed on Memorial Day; Transit to Run on Sunday Schedule

 

Reno, Nevada (May 23, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) administrative offices will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. RTC’s transit services will operate on a Sunday schedule.

 

RTC INTERCITY will not operate and Customer Service will also be closed.

 

The RTC wishes everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day.

 

 

 

Lane Closures, One-Way Traffic on Parts of Prater Way for Roadwork

 

Reno, Nevada (May 21, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is planning upcoming lane closures and one-way traffic controls on portions of Prater Way in Sparks for road and crosswalk striping as part of the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project. Detours will be in place.

 

The following traffic controls will be in effect on Wednesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 24 from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.:

 

  • Prater Way between Rock Boulevard and El Rancho Drive will be reduced to one-way, westbound traffic only. Eastbound traffic will be detoured.

  • Intermittent lane closures will be in place at the Rock Boulevard and Prater Way intersection.

 

The RTC urges drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to be safe and to use extra caution in construction work zones.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Lane Closure on Evans Avenue for Bicycle Improvements Project

 

Reno, Nevada (May 18, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) plans to close the northbound lane of Evans Avenue from Second Street to McCarran Boulevard starting Monday, May 21 for about three weeks. Detours will be in place and the southbound lane will remain open to traffic.

 

The closure is timed to coincide with the University of Nevada, Reno’s (UNR) summer break to minimize the impact on students and faculty.

 

Crews will be finishing 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 starts on Evans Avenue near Greater Nevada Field in Downtown Reno, and goes north around the east side of UNR to McCarran Boulevard. It features new bike lanes and a new multi-use path for students and neighborhood residents.

 

Crews have already made substantial progress on the project during UNR’s winter and spring breaks earlier this year, including adding a new crosswalk with signage and flashing lights near the intersection of Evans Avenue and Highland Avenue, and paving the multi-use pathway. To finish up the project, crews will be striping and sealing the asphalt.

 

This project will help designate areas for pedestrians and bicyclists in a neighborhood 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 severe injuries.

 

For more information, visit rtcwashoe.com, or follow RTC on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

Crews will be replacing gas lines and also installing new fiber-optic wiring.

 

 

 

The RTC urges drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to be safe and to use extra caution in construction work zones.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Prater Way/El Rancho Drive Intersection to Temporarily Close for Paving

 

Reno, Nevada (May 8, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is planning to close the Prater Way/El Rancho Drive intersection beginning Sunday, May 13 through approximately Tuesday, May 22. Crews will be removing the existing asphalt, grading and paving the intersection as part of the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project.

 

Marked detours will be in place:

  • For eastbound Prater Way traffic, use Victorian Avenue to 21st Street.

  • For northbound El Rancho Drive, use Victorian Avenue to 21st Street/Sullivan Lane to G Street.

  • For southbound El Rancho Drive/Kietzke Lane, use 9th Street to Sutro Street to 4th Street to Victorian Avenue.

  • For westbound Prater Way, use 21st Street to Victorian Avenue.

 

Businesses will be accessible during construction.

 

The RTC urges drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to be safe and to use extra caution in construction work zones.

 

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 Supports Seniors During Older Americans Month

 

Reno, Nevada (April 30, 2018) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County is excited to join our regional partners in celebrating our seniors as part of Older Americans Month in May. RTC will be offering three informational sessions to help seniors and their caretakers learn about transportation options in our region, and participating in the Stuff A Bus for seniors donation drive.

 

“As our seniors age, we want to support their independence and help them continue to have mobility in our community,” said RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson. “There are many transportation options for our seniors, and we’re taking this opportunity during Older Americans Month to go out into our community and teach our seniors how to use these services.”

 

 

For a complete list of all Older Americans Month activities, visit WashoeCounty.us/SeniorSrv.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 SouthEastConnector.com 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

 

 

 

 

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 SouthEastConnector.com to sign up for stakeholder email notifications, or follow RTC on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 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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