RENO, NV - On Thursday the RTC hosted an Alternatives Development workshop to hear from the community about their transportation needs.
“These are our consumers,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said. “They use our transit system and what makes a business successful is listening to its customers and that’s what we want to do. We want to hear what they think the future is going to hold and what the role of transportation to be.”
They’re working on the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan and it addresses transportation needs across the county.
“This is important right now for a lot of reasons,” Gibson said. “We’re facing a significant economic challenge and we have to re-think not just what our economy is but what that economy should be in the future and we believe transportation is going to play a central role in helping fund quality of life factors that could help us change our economy.”
It’s a long-term plan but there are things that could be implemented in coming years as well.
“We’ve got a lot of road projects out there and RTC 5 has allowed us to do the work,” RTC Chairman Ron Smith said. “We’re in a unique position where we can provide jobs and we’re trying to spend that money providing the jobs not only for the workforce but to make the transportation efforts easier.”
The RTC is providing a mobile app for community members to weigh in on transportation issues. The free app is available by searching “Your Washoe RTP” in app stores. The RTC says it will enable residents to take pictures or video of areas they think could use transportation improvements and post them with their comments.
“We want transportation solutions that your kids when they get older will say, ‘I’m sure glad my parents made that decision because I want to stay here, I want to invest here and grow here and that’s the beauty of this process,” Gibson said.