KOLO-TV and the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) bring you a weekly news segment focused on transportation in the Truckee Meadows. “The Road Ahead with RTC” airs Tuesdays at 6:20AM during “Good Morning Reno” as well as Wednesdays in the 5:30PM half hour of KOLO 8 News Now at 5 and Thursdays between 11AM and noon during “Midday.” This weekly news segment features experts discussing a wide range of transportation projects, needs and solutions. Following each broadcast, webcasts of each interview will be available here on our website for at least one month. For more information about public meetings and RTC events: click here.

The Road Ahead With RTC

October 6, 2015: Reimagine Reno

Reimagine Reno is the name of the process of updating the master plan. The master plan is the guiding document that forms the vision of the city for 20 years to come. It’s created with a significant amount of feedback from the people who live here, because after all this is their city.

The City of Reno is holding focus groups for people to share comments and ideas. Among the focus groups are: a group focused on Downtown, a group focused on transportation and another will look at climate change. To view a list of all the focus groups, and find out where they meet, For more information, click here. You can also take a survey on the web site.

September 29, 2015: Complete Streets

Complete Streets help to improve safety and mobility for all types of transportation including transit, walking, biking and driving. Installation of complete street elements have been shown to reduce crashes and the severity of crashes. The RTC is holding two community workshops to begin development of the Complete Streets Master Plan with input from the public to help identify future locations for Complete Street improvements.

Community Workshop in Sparks
Parking is across the street
Sept. 29/ 5-7 p.m.
RTC Routes 2, 4, 11, 2, 25, 26 and 54 serve this location

Community Workshop in Reno
The Discovery Museum
4990 S. Center Street
Oct. 13/ 5-7 p.m.
RTC RAPID serves this location

September 22, 2015: Tahoe Art Bus

The Nevada Museum of Art has organized the first major art historical survey exhibition of one of America’s most beloved landscapes. TAHOE: A Visual History spans over two centuries of cultural and creative production related to one of the largest freshwater alpine lakes in the United States and features more than 400 artworks by 175 painters, photographers, architects, basket weavers, and sculptors. The museum is working with RTC to let people know about this important exhibit about the region’s heritage, and you’ll see it on the side of a RTC bus! For more information, go here.

September 15, 2015: Nevada Veterans' Memorial

In order to fully thank and memorialize members of the military, who have given their lives so that we can be a free nation and state, the Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza will be built on the corner of Sparks and Greg Streets in Sparks, Nevada. The RTC is donating the land for the project near the SouthEast Connector, but the memorial will be funded through private donations. It is to be a statewide memorial and all current 838 Servicemen and Women (and those in the future) from all counties will be enshrined there. To learn how to help fund the effort, click here.

September 8, 2015: Express Service to Great Reno Balloon Race

Unique, colorful hot air balloons will float over Reno again this year, delighting audiences. The majestic show starts early, but RTC is operating! RTC is offering express service to the Great Reno Balloon Race on Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September 13th. The express service provides a convenient alternative to avoid traffic and finding a parking space. RTC has traditionally offered this express service since the 1980s.

RTC express bus service will run every 30 minutes between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. for drop off and pick up inside Rancho San Rafael Park, where there will be views of the balloons taking flight. Get on the bus at: Reed High School, the Reno- Sparks Convention Center’s parking lot C or RTC 4TH STREET STATION. Parking is free at Reed High School and the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The last bus departs Rancho San Rafael at 10 a.m.

Riders will pay the standard cash fare or they may use their transit passes. The two-way onboard cash fare is $5 for adults with discounts for seniors and youths. Riders age 5 and under travel for free. For more information, visit rtcwashoe.com and click on Passes.

September 1, 2015: I-580 Project

The Nevada Department of Transportation’s I-580 Southbound Reconstruction Project is replacing concrete on southbound I-580 that is almost 40 years old.

Since major roadway reconstruction work began this spring, crews have poured more than 7,000 cubic yards of concrete to completely reconstruct four lanes of old, deteriorating concrete on southbound I-580 between Glendale Avenue and Villanova Drive, south of the Reno spaghetti bowl. Crews also repaired other lane and bridge surfaces and installed approximately 3,300 feet of new, taller concrete median barrier rail separating the two directions of interstate travel. Major reconstruction will wrap up in September 2015, with remaining minor interstate improvements continuing through spring 2016. Roadside drainage will be enhanced, select bridges will be seismically retrofitted and interchange crossings below the freeway will receive Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility enhancements. The approximately $12.1 million project by contractor Q & D Construction will provide an enhanced concrete roadway surface for decades to come. More than 140,000 vehicles travel the stretch of I-580 daily. Project updates are available at I580project.com

August 25, 2015: Student Transit Passes

The RTC has made getting around the region easy and affordable for students at Truckee Meadows Community College and the University of Nevada, Reno.

For registered UNR students, the Wolf Pass is available through the Parking and Transportation Services Department. TMCC registered students may purchase a TMCC bus pass through the Cashier’s Office, which is formerly the Controller’s Office, on the third floor of the Red Mountain Building on the Dandini campus.

The TMCC bus pass or Wolf Pass for fall 2014 is valid from July-December and costs $115. The pass is also being offered for spring 2015 for $115, valid from January-June. Wolf Pass and TMCC bus pass users may take unlimited trips during the time the pass is valid on all local RTC RIDE transit services.

For more information on the passes, click here

August 18, 2015: Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension

The Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project is the first of multiple projects stemming from the Virginia Street Corridor Investment Plan and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Master Plan. The Project will create connectivity between UNR, downtown Reno, and Midtown and will encourage 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, and improving traffic operations.

Share your ideas at a Community Information Meeting on Aug. 25 at the Discovery Museum from 5-7 p.m.

To learn more, click here

August 11, 2015: RTC BIKEShare

In many communities people are able to check out a bike, get to where they need to go, and then leave it securely for someone else to check out. The RTC will be conducting public outreach to measure whether such a program would be viable in Washoe County. The study will identify costs, goals and performance measures. Encouraging transportation other than in vehicles promotes health and creates cleaner air. The study is part of the RTC’s on-going commitment to encourage green trips and maintain the region’s status as a bicycle-friendly community.

Share your comments at a meeting on August 18 at the Discovery Museum starting at 5 p.m.

To learn more, click here.

August 4, 2015: RTC Vandalism Reward

MV Transportation, which employs the RTC drivers, and the RTC are each contributing $5,000 toward a reward to bring whoever is responsible for a recent string of vandalism targeting RTC buses to justice. The $10,000 reward will be paid out to anyone providing information to law enforcement that leads to an arrest and prosecution of a suspect. Twenty bus windows have been shot out with pellets or BBs, and fortunately no one has been hurt. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sparks Police Department at 353-2241 ext. 5542

July 28, 2015: Keystone Avenue Complete Street Improvements

The RTC is beginning a major improvement project on Keystone Avenue the week of July 27. The work will last about two weeks. The project is designed to enhance safety, support the many ways people get around and extend the life of the roadway.

From University Terrace to Coleman Drive: new bike lanes will be created, deteriorating sidewalks will be replaced and vehicle travel lanes will be reduced from two lanes in each direction to one in each direction. The improvements will create a Complete Street, which is a street with separate spaces for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. Complete Streets give people transportation options and have been shown to reduce crashes and enhance safety.

All of the improvements were developed with extensive community input and guidance from the Reno City Council. To view the study, visit RTC's planning page.

July 21, 2015: SouthEast Connector Update

Work on the SouthEast Connector continues with environmental benefits of the project already evident. So far, 800,000 pounds of trash has been removed from the site – that includes old appliances and abandoned concrete. As much of the trash as possible will now be recycled. Granite Construction also went above and beyond requirements to successfully relocated carp, crawdads and other wetland wildlife even though they are not protected species. Finally, the removal of invasive weeds is already underway as part of effort to return the region to more of a natural state.

Construction of the roadway is also progressing with pile driving activities occurring, forming the support structure for the bridge over the Yori Drain. Box culverts are being installed to mitigate flooding and ensure the roadway is passable in a major flood, such as the region experienced in 1997, even when other roadways are not. This is providing a critical new escape route.

Sign up to receive updates on the project, and learn more, at SouthEastConnector.com.

July 14, 2015: Park and Ride Study

Park your vehicle, and join a carpool or take transit – it’s called park and ride. The RTC is looking for your input on locations for possible lots for people to park and ride. Lots could be either shared with private entities like retailers and churches or exclusively owned and operated for park and ride activities by the public. To comment, follow the links below. We want to hear what locations people think would be both good and bad for facilities, what amenities they want, and what are important destinations to serve with park and ride facilities.

Instructions for Web Map Application
Park and Ride Web Map Application
Park and Ride Survey

July 7, 2015: SouthEast Connector Update

As the final phase of the SouthEast Connector progresses, the RTC is starting work on a bridge over the Yori Drain, which is just north of Pembroke Drive. People will notice increased construction activity, and we remind people to always stay out of construction areas for their own safety.

Pile driving is an essential construction technique used in building bridge foundations. To support the weight of the bridge, steel pipes are driven into the ground beneath the bridge foundation until they reach a stable layer of soil. They are then filled with concrete to create the base of the entire bridge foundation. On this project, the steel piles are at least 18 inches in diameter and will be driven down approximately 30 feet.

Sign up to receive updates on the project, and learn more, at SouthEastConnector.com.

June 30, 2015: Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee Recruitment

The RTC has exciting opportunities for anyone interested in safety, pedestrian and bicycle issues and the future of the Truckee Meadows. There are currently openings on the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) for full term and alternate members. This committee has an important role, discussing multi-modal transportation issues, giving input on projects and proposals and making recommendations to the RTC Board.

Serving involves a minimal time commitment. Meetings are currently held on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the RTC Offices at 2050 Villanova Drive in Reno (under the I-580 freeway).

Application here.

June 23, 2015: Travel Survey

Planning for the future is important to the RTC. Select residents and transit riders are being surveyed to collect important information about how often roads and bus routes are utilized. This information is very important for us to plan future transportation projects and meet the needs of our community.

While we always welcome comments from the public, including by email and at our public meetings, only a statistically valid sample will receive the survey. This is to control the sample size and make sure the data is accurate. We want to thank everyone selected for participating.

June 16, 2015: Virginia Street Improvements

The RTC is inviting the community to provide comments and ideas on the future of Virginia Street as part of the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project. The workshop will allow the public to review design alternatives for Virginia Street. The alternatives being presented include improvements for Virginia Street from Maple Street to 15th Street near the University of Nevada, Reno and from Liberty Street to Plumb Lane in Midtown that have been developed with public input to date.

Based on input received so far, some proposed enhancements include: wider sidewalks, new bike amenities, providing parking and extending RAPID bus service north to UNR with new transit stations and intersection improvements.

The workshop will be at 5 p.m. at the Discovery Museum on June 18th.

June 9, 2015: Dump the Pump

With gas prices on the rise, the RTC is inviting you to Dump the Pump! As part of this national movement, people may ride RTC transit services for free on Thursday, June 18th. In addition to riding transit, people may participate simply by walking, biking or carpooling. This is the tenth year for Dump the Pump, which is a national movement sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association.

People who Dump the Pump, and record their trips will receive small prizes. Participants recording their trips will also be eligible for drawings for larger prizes. Trips can be recorded between June 18th and July 31st here. The more trips that are recorded, the more chances a person has to win a big prize worth about $100.

Bus riders who record their green trips are eligible to win a Samsung - Galaxy Tab 3.7.0 Lite - 7" Tablet. Walkers recording trips have the chance to win a Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker. Bike riders recording their green trips could win two Mini Monkey Lights by Monkey Electric LLC plus an Adult RTC RIDE 10-Ride transit pass. Those recording their carpool could win a JBL Flip Portable Stereo Speaker.

June 2, 2015: SouthEast Connector Construction Safety

Remember the Safety Rules:

With Construction activity happening throughout the Truckee Meadows, remember to be safe and use caution.
• Don’t play around construction areas
• Orange means construction
• Be alert and careful near construction areas
• Cross only at assigned spots: Look left, right and left again
• Be truck smart: If you can’t see the
truck driver’s face, they can’t see you

For additional safety information go to StreetSmartNV.

May 26, 2015: North Virginia Street Improvements

North Virginia Street in front of the Bonanza Casino, NDOT is replacing the existing pedestrian crossing flashers with a full traffic signal. This traffic signal will help both pedestrians and vehicles cross the intersection. Drivers will see some single lane closures on North Virginia through early June as we complete the project.

NDOT is now finalizing plans for enhanced sidewalks, lighting and much more right in this area.

It is all part of the approximately $10 million dollars that NDOT is dedicating to pedestrian safety projects in Reno, Tahoe and Las Vegas over the next year. In Reno specifically, NDOT will be making pedestrian crosswalk improvements on Kietzke Lane, Sun Valley Boulevard and other areas of North Virginia Street next year. NDOT and our partners such as the RTC are dedicated to pedestrian safety, and our goal is zero fatalities on Nevada roads.

Go to NevadaDOT.com for updates on current projects.

May 19, 2015: Safety Message

The RTC is debuting a new safety message on local TV and online. The message depicts a woman on her typical commute with her son. During the commute, aspects of the road are highlighted to show some of safety features we are creating – that includes building Complete Streets. Complete Streets have separate spaces for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. This type of street treatment has been shown to improve safety. The RTC is developing a Complete Streets Master Plan underway to determine where Complete Streets could be created in the future. You can learn more about it and our commitment to safety by simply going to our web site. As always welcome everyone’s comments and ideas.

Watch the message here.

May 12, 2015: Stuff a Bus for Seniors

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is asking for the community’s help to stuff a bus with new essential supplies for local seniors. Make donations May 18-29 at businesses and public locations throughout the region by placing items in barrels for pick up by a RTC bus. You can also make a donation at the Aces Ballpark on May 29 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. When you donate at the ballpark, you’ll receive a special deal for a future Aces game!

Some of the requested items include: gloves, grocery carts (at Save Mart for $20), jackets and coats, men’s/women’s pajamas, personal hygiene items, household cleaning supplies, space heaters with auto off, adult diapers, gift cards (grocery, pharmacy, haircuts, pet stores, entertainment, etc.), sweatshirts and sweatpants, socks and undergarments and public transportation passes.

This drive helps seniors during Older Americans Month. More information is available here.

May 5, 2015: Bike Week

Bike Week has been organized by the Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance (TMBA) since 2005. TMBA is a group of organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting safe bicycle commuting in the Truckee Meadows. Bike Week is celebrating 15 years in Washoe County.

Bike Week has become a successful event in the Truckee Meadows by encouraging members of the community to ride instead of drive for one week in May. Last year the community logged over 8000 miles, which equals the removal of over 200 cars from our roads that week. Promoting bicycling as an alternative form of transportation is important to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion, promote good health, safety and inspire others to ride.

Do your part and participate in Bike Week by commuting to work or school. This year, Bike Week has one event a day, including the Spoker Ride, MidTown Monday, Mayoral Challenge and many more. Please visit BikeWashoe.org for more details on the events.

April 28, 2015: SouthEast Connector Impact

The US Corps of Army Engineers carefully evaluated how The SouthEast Connector project might impact local waters. After careful consideration, the Corps issued a permit allowing RTC to proceed with construction, since the project will actually benefit the environment. This permit means the SEC is on track to be completed sometime in 2017, and work on the second and final phase of the project is now underway.

This project has numerous benefits to the environment. For example, the RTC will be removing invasive plant species, and restoring the area to more of a natural state. It will also improve access to drinking water for wildlife. The project also involves creating a new 80 acre wetland complex and planting more than 600 trees. More information is at: SouthEast Connector.com.

April 21, 2015: Bike Share Study

In some communities you can check out a bike, ride it and then return it. The RTC is exploring whether such a program could begin in Washoe County, but first needs input from you! Before RTC could begin a bike share program we need to determine how many people are interested in renting bikes. We also want to know where the bikes would be best located, and how many bikes would make sense at those locations. The Bike Share Study, which is now underway, will help us figure out answers to those questions.

Complete the survey at the Reno Earth Day celebration and pick up a new 2015 Bike Map! Or do the survey online at: rtc-bikeshare.com

April 14, 2015: Nevada Department of Transportation’s Southbound I-580 Reconstruction Project

Throughout the spring and summer, lane closures will be in place on Interstate 580 directly south of the spaghetti bowl for the Nevada Department of Transportation’s Southbound I-580 Reconstruction Project.

The project will repair and replace aging concrete on Interstate 580 south of the Reno spaghetti bowl between Glendale Avenue and Moana Lane. Through the spring, nighttime construction-related lane closures will take place Sunday through Thursday evenings. In late spring, major roadway rehabilitation will begin, with southbound traffic routed to northbound interstate lanes as repairs are made. Three interstate lanes will remain open in each direction. The Glendale Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-580 will also be closed during construction, with intermittent closures of the Mill Street and Plumb Lane off- and on-ramps.

The approximately $12.1 million project by contractor Q & D Construction will improve southbound I-580/U.S. 395 from Glendale Avenue to Moana Lane. Aging concrete roadway slabs last constructed more than 30 years ago will be replaced between Mill Street and Villanova Drive on I-580 southbound. Other areas of existing roadway concrete that are not replaced will be resurfaced on both directions of the interstate. In addition, select bridges will be seismically retrofitted and interchange crossings below the freeway will receive Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility enhancements. The project is expected to complete in fall 2015, providing an enhanced concrete southbound I-580 roadway surface. More than 140,000 vehicles travel the stretch of I-580 daily.

Some lanes on I-580 northbound have already been resurfaced as part of the project. Last fall, initial roadway rehabilitation work began on northbound lanes, with roadway cracks on more than three and a half miles of northbound interstate sealed and more than 750 square feet of roadway resurfaced to fill ruts.

For more information on this project, go to I580project.com.

April 7, 2015: Community Invited To Provide Comments and Ideas on Virginia Street's Future

The RTC is inviting the community to provide comments and ideas on the future of Virginia Street as part of the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project. Two meetings will be held for the public to review preliminary designs for Virginia Street. The designs feature proposed improvements for Virginia Street from Maple Street to 15th Street near the University of Nevada, Reno and from Liberty Street to Plumb Lane in Midtown.

The proposed enhancements include: wider sidewalks, new bike lanes and extending RAPID bus service north to UNR with new transit stations and intersection improvements. The project is also intended to better connect the University to Downtown Reno and Downtown to points south including Midtown. The extension of RTC RAPID would eliminate the need for a transfer at RTC 4TH STREET STATION to UNR, saving travelers’ valuable time. The project will also support economic growth and redevelopment along Virginia Street and throughout the region. Additionally, it will help create a safer community that is accessible to everyone under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

While the same information will be presented at both meetings, the public is welcome to attend one or both events. Free parking is available at both meetings.

For more information on this project, go to RTCWashoe.com and click on Streets and Highways, then Road Projects.

Community Information Meeting One (served by RTC RAPID)
Tuesday, April 14
5 to 7 p.m. with a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m.
The Discovery Museum
490 South Center Street
Reno, NV 89501

Community Information Meeting Two (served by RTC SIERRA SPIRIT and RTC RIDE route 7)
Wednesday, April 15
5 to 7 p.m. with a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m.
University of Nevada, Reno, Raggio Building, room 4001
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89503

March 31, 2015:Connect With the RTC

The RTC prides itself on being open and accessible. The RTC has many public meetings, including board meetings and meetings about specific projects. These are opportunities to have your questions answered and talk personally with RTC staff. A full schedule of meetings and events is at RTCWashoe.com.

Through the RTC’s web site people can send emails, or sign up for MyRTC. MyRTC is a service that sends you emails about topics and subjects you’re interested in.

Be sure to like RTC on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and YouTube. Watch RTC TV on Youtube where you will find videos about transportation topics and learn more about the people of RTC.

March 24, 2015:Silver State Mainline

The Silver State Mainline is a bus service independent of RTC that journeys from Doyle, California to Las Vegas. You can get on or off at many of the communities in between, and that includes at the Reno Greyhound stations or RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA in Sparks. The bus stops in Doyle, CA, Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Fallon, Hawthorne, Tonopah, Beatty, Pahrump and Las Vegas. The stop in Hawthorne is also a meal stop. It’s the reverse route coming back from Las Vegas.

This service helps connect rural communities, and provides people a way to get throughout Nevada who may not have other transportation. It’s also great to sit back, relax and let someone else do the driving. You can enjoy many of the sights and rest on your trip too.

For more information go to SilverStateMainline.com or call 888-213-8330.

March 18, 2015:Air Quality

The Washoe County Air Quality Management District has an important campaign called Rack Em Up. Rack Em Up is promoted throughout the year to encourage active transportation, fitness, and emission reductions. Rack Em Up supports bicycle advocacy through outreach and special events. Now is a great time to think about tuning up your bike to get ready to ride this spring and prepare for Bike Week in May. Make sure the tires are inflated and not punctured. The gears might need some oil too. Make sure it’s in safe working condition, and you have bright colored clothing to wear. Always wear a helmet. You can also search for the RTC bike rack app in the Apple or Android store to help locate bike racks. Remember bikes need to obey the same traffic laws as cars and to use a bike lane if one is available.

March 10/17, 2015:Saint Patrick’s Day Free RIDE

The RTC is committed to the public’s safety in all that it does. The RTC is encouraging everyone to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day responsibly and never drive impaired. For the 12th year, the RTC is offering free transit services to provide safe transportation for people celebrating the holiday.

All regularly scheduled transit services will be free on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17 from 4 p.m. to midnight. Additionally, the downtown circular bus, the RTC SIERRA SPIRIT, will have extended hours. On a typical weekday, the service stops at 7 p.m., however on St. Patrick ’s Day it will operate until midnight.

To plan a trip, go to RTCWashoe.com and use the Google Transit feature on the homepage. There is also information on routes and schedules.

March 3, 2015:How Public Transit Operations Keeps You Safe

The RTC is responsible for streets and highways, planning and public transit. Safety is a priority in everything RTC does including Public Transit Operations. There are many procedures and policies RTC follows – that includes extensive training for the bus drivers. Drivers are constantly vigilant for pedestrians and train to operate buses even in severe weather. The buses themselves are also equipped with safety features – some buses have automatic tire chains that drop down when it’s snowy. RTC makes every effort to locate bus stops near crosswalks or intersections, but sometimes that’s not always possible. It’s important never to jaywalk even if you need to walk some distance to safely cross the street. Use sidewalks where they exist and don’t walk in the road.

While inside the bus, hold on to the rails and straps for support and always remain seated when the bus is in motion. Some of the buses actually lower themselves to the curb before letting passengers on or off – be sure to watch your step. Also, make sure any items you bring on to the bus are stored securely so they don’t move around when the bus is moving.

For more tips: StreetSmartNV.com.

February 24, 2015:Bus Station Designs

The 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project (Project) connects downtown Reno and Sparks with enhanced bus rapid transit (RTC RAPID) service, accessible sidewalks, and bike lanes. The improved access to education and employment for low income residents make this project highly supportive of economic competiveness, sustainability and quality of life.

In 2017, RTC will add four new electric buses to serve this route. The project includes new bus stations, and your help is needed to design what the stations will look like. Attend one of two open houses on March 3 at RTC 4TH STREET STATION and share your comments. There will be an open house from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and another from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Conceptual designs will be presented.

For more information on the project, go to 4thPrater.com

February 17, 2015:NDOT Pedestrian Safety Grant

NDOT will dedicate an additional $10 million in state highway funds for pedestrian safety improvements in Washoe and Clark Counties. The funding is part of ongoing programs to build stand-alone pedestrian safety improvements, as well as incorporate safety enhancements into road repaving and other projects. On an annual basis, NDOT dedicates approximately $21 million in federal highway safety funds to roadway safety projects and programs, many of which are built in coordination with local agencies.

These improvements include better crosswalks, lighting enhancements, pedestrian warning signals, concrete safety islands and dividers at certain pedestrian crossings and more. One of the planned projects will add a stoplight at North Virginia and Walt Streets near the Bonanza Casino in Reno to replace an existing signalized pedestrian crosswalk.

More info: StreetSmartNV.com.

February 10, 2015:Advisory Committees

RTC’s advisory committees provide valuable input on projects and transportation issues. The committees also provide a venue for the public to get concerns heard and addressed by RTC staff and their fellow citizens. Among the committees on which citizens may serve are the Citizens Advisory Committee and Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

The committees meet once a month in the RTC boardroom at 2050 Villanova Drive under the I-580 freeway. The Citizens Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, February 4.

Many find it rewarding to be a part of the process that improves safety in the community as well as guides the future of transportation in Washoe County. Download an application at: RTCWashoe.com.

February 3, 2015:Reno Police and Safety

Every eight minutes a pedestrian is injured in an automobile accident. Crosswalks exist at any intersection, whether there are pavement markings or not. Always use the sidewalk and the nearest crosswalk, pedestrian bridge or tunnel when possible. Look left, right, and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Never walk suddenly into the path of a vehicle. Always make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street.

The Reno Police Department has a neighborhood contact team that will be knocking on doors to talk to people this week about being safe pedestrians. RPD is concentrating this effort in the North Valleys area, where there have recently been several incidents involving pedestrians.

January 27, 2015:Pedestrian Safety

RTC is part of the Zero Fatalities program, which means no lives lost on Nevada roads are acceptable. In 2014, twelve pedestrians were killed here in Washoe County. Pedestrian safety is everyone's responsibility.

Drivers should always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and make eye contact with them. Look before turning on a green light and wait for any pedestrians crossing. In the presence of a school crossing guard, wait for everyone, including the guard, to clear the street before proceeding.

Many accidents and fatalities can be prevented by being an alert pedestrian. Remember to always obey traffic control devices when crossing in the nearest crosswalk. Look left, right and left again when crossing. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing, and don’t be distracted by using or texting on your phone, or wearing ear-buds. Never allow young children to cross alone.

More safety tips: StreetSmartNV.com.

January 20, 2015:Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is part of Safe Kids Washoe County, and is a partnership between the Washoe County School District and the health district. RTC also provides funding. SRTS aims to teach kids safety habits to avoid injuries and get to school safely – whether it’s by walking, taking the bus or by bike.

Our programs focus on injury prevention for children. Accidental injury is the number one cause of death among children ages fourteen and under in the United States, and annually, one out of every four children needs medical attention for accidental injury.

Each year approximately 7,200 U.S. children are killed and at least 50,000 are permanently disabled by preventable injuries. Safe Kids Washoe County teaches everything from helmet safety to how to properly use safety restraints.

Go to SafeKidsWC to learn more.

January 13, 2015: Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise in Washoe County. The RTC is dedicated to enhancing safety and is a partner in the Zero Fatalities program – because no traffic deaths are acceptable.

Drivers should always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and make eye contact with them. Look right before turning on a green light and wait for any pedestrians crossing. In the presence of a school crossing guard, wait for everyone, including the guard, to clear the street before proceeding.

Many accidents and fatalities can be prevented by being an alert pedestrian. Remember to always obey traffic control devices when crossing in the nearest crosswalk. Look left, right and left again when crossing. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing, and don’t be distracted by using or texting on your phone, or wearing ear-buds. Never allow young children to cross alone.

Go to StreetSmartNV.com to learn more.

January 6, 2015:Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities

Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities is a collaborative that seeks to improve the health and wellness of the local community by connecting stakeholders and community members to a common mission. To begin a discussion about creating a culture of health in the Truckee Meadows, TMHC will host a one-day conference on January 8.

First lady Kathleen Sandoval will serve as honorary chair during the conference where nearly 200 community leaders will hear from national speakers on the topic of building healthier communities. The goal of the conference is to build an action plan that addresses local health problems and further engages the community to implement projects that build a healthy community.

Go to Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities to learn more.

December 30, 2014:30 Years for RTC New Year's Eve FREE Safe RIDE

The RTC is marking 30 years of helping people celebrate responsibly. The RTC New Year’s Eve FREE Safe RIDE program brings together community partners to cover the cost of providing free transit service. All RTC transit services will be free on New Year’s Eve night starting at 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.

In addition to providing a safe way for people to get home, it’s an opportunity for people to try out transit for the first time. Go to RTCwashoe.com and click on Schedules and Maps to plan a trip. You may also go to Google.com and type in Google Transit.

Our event partners include: Renown Health, the Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, KOLO 8, Wood Rodgers, Inc., Club Cal Neva, REMSA, Morrey Distributing, Reno Fire Fighters Local 731, the RSCVA and Visitors Authority, and Reno News & Review.

December 23, 2014:Share the Road License Plate

A specialty Nevada license plate supporting safe bicycle and pedestrian programs will be available for purchase through the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles beginning Dec. 1.

The specialty plate displays a “Share the Road” message and bicycle and pedestrian image. The plates will cost an initial $61 and $30 for renewal. Proceeds of $25 per plate will provide grant money for non-profit and government organizations to plan and construct bicycle and pedestrian facilities, as well as support bicycle and pedestrian safety, education and other programs. The grant funding will be awarded by the Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board and administered through the Nevada Department of Transportation.
The specialty license plates are available for purchase at Nevada DMV offices.

Further pedestrian and bicycle safety information is available at: BicycleNevada.com.

December 16, 2014:University of Nevada Master Plan

The University of Nevada, Reno Master Plan is a vision that will guide what’s to come at the University of Nevada, Reno and throughout the region. The plan helps further UNR’s goal of being recognized among the nation’s premier research universities and contributing to the economy and renaissance of our community. It also helps extend campus life south of the University and encourages development that’s complementary going toward downtown.

Reno is a University Town, anchored by a University ranked in the top tier of best national universities. This vision highlights that fact, and enhances the students’ experiences. Enrollment also continues to grow, and will reach 22-thousand students before 2021.

The University has been working very closely with the City of Reno and RTC to create a realistic vision. Partnering with RTC, the plan includes many transportation enhancements, including better accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists, and improved transit services.

To view the Virginia Street Corridor Plan, go to RTCWashoe.com and click on Planning.

December 9, 2014:Food for Fare

The RTC is teaming up with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada to help feed the hungry. Food for Fare is taking place on Thursday, December 11th and Friday December 12th. This annual drive enables people to pay for a fare with a donation of non-expired, non-perishable food. The donations go to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, which helps ensure nutritious meals reach those in need. This annual event is one of the most importation drives of the year for the food bank. People who aren’t riding may also donate, by simply handing a donation to a coach operator at any bus stop.

The food bank helps more than 97-thousand people each month. It’s estimated one in four kids do not know where their next meal is coming from.

For more information, go to: FBNN.

December 2, 2014:Snow Routes

When the region receives a significant amount of snow, it can take a while for all the roads to be cleared. People should anticipate delays when it snows, and always leave early to give themselves extra time. Some roads might be too icy or snowy for buses, and they might have to detour around these locations.

Often RTC RIDE routes, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15 and 17 are impacted during major snow storms. However, any route could potentially be affected, unable to serve all the streets and stops.

Riders may find out if their route is detoured by going to: RTCWashoe.com. They can sign up for MyRTC, which e-mails information about snow related detours automatically. Riders can also sign up to receive the information as a text message on their phones. Another option is to call 348-RIDE, which is the number for Passenger Services.

November 25, 2014:Know the Code

The Washoe County Health District’s Keep It Clean: Know The Code Program is back for the fall/winter season.

The Program informs Washoe County residents of the status of our air quality November through February, and lets them know if it’s safe and permissible to use their fireplaces or woodstoves. This information is provided daily on the ourcleanair website.

In the Truckee Meadows, wood burning accounts for nearly 50 percent of wintertime fine particulate pollution. The Green, Yellow, Red Burn Code program helps reduce harmful emissions that come from wood burning. This helps to keep air pollution levels from reaching levels that have adverse affects on peoples’ health, and to prevent further pollution emissions when air pollution has reached high levels.

Transportation is another large source of air pollution. Riding the bus, a bike, or car pooling can help reduce air pollution, especially during this time of year. All of our individual changes add up to keeping the air clean.

For more information, go to: Ourcleanair.com.

November 18, 2014:Stuff-a-Bus for Seniors

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is asking for the community’s help to stuff a bus with new essential supplies for local seniors. Those making donations will receive a free skate rental for the ice rink at the Reno Aces ballpark.

Tuesday November 25th, from noon until 8 p.m., one of RTC’s new all-electric, zero emissions buses will be parked in front of the Aces ballpark. Members of the community are encouraged to help fill the bus throughout the day with items for seniors. The event takes place on the opening day for the ice rink at the stadium, and people are encouraged to drop off new items as they head to the rink for skating.
Some of the requested items include: slippers, lightweight sweaters, jackets and men’s/women’s pajamas, personal hygiene items (soap, tooth brushes and denture cleansers, etc.), bathroom towels and washcloths, small air circulation fans, adult diapers, grocery and pharmacy gift cards and transit passes.

This is part of the City of Reno’s Senior Giving Tree program. A tree at Reno City Hall will be decorated with gift tags with items listed for seniors in need. People are encouraged to buy those items and drop them off on the second floor of City Hall or at Evelyn Mount Community Center. The drive will be from Nov. 18 through Dec. 16. Washoe County Senior Services ensures these donations reach senior clients in the community.

November 11, 2014:SE McCarran Boulevard Widening, Second of Two Phases

The RTC is inviting members of the public to an informational open house on November 19th on the widening of SE McCarran Boulevard from Mira Loma Drive to Greg Street. It will take place at Dodson Elementary School from 4p.m. to 6 p.m. This is an opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the project, receive answers to their questions and find out how construction may impact their drive.

Within the project area, McCarran Boulevard is being widened from four to six lanes – three lanes in each direction. Traffic modeling shows this important project is needed to accommodate growth in the region. This is the second and final phase of the project. The first phase involved widening McCarran Boulevard from Longley Lane to Mira Loma Drive – it was finished in 2012.

In addition to adding vehicle travel lanes, the project involves construction of sound walls. Some deteriorating privacy screens will be replaced with more effective sound walls. The project will also add a multi-use path parallel to McCarran Boulevard from Longley Lane to Greg Street. The roughly 10-foot wide, paved path will be ideal for people biking and on foot. New sidewalks will be constructed at strategic locations to better connect people to the new path.

Work will begin in early December with full completion slated for late 2015. During construction, drivers should anticipate periodic lane closures and short delays. This phase of the project is about $31 million and is funded by local fuel tax and the Nevada Department of Transportation.

For more information, go to: RTCWashoe.com.

November 4, 2014:Washoe Senior Ride

Starting November 1st, the Washoe Senior Ride program is being expanded. This program enables seniors to take discounted taxi rides. Eligible seniors purchase coupons called taxi bucks. A $20 booklet of taxi bucks previously cost $15, however the price is being reduced to $10.

Previously, a person needed to be 65 or older to buy taxi bucks. Now they need to be 60 or older. An individual also needed to have a household income of less than $40-thousand a year. Now the income requirement will be $45-thousand or less a year. This means more people will be able to participate.

The program is also being opened to all Washoe County veterans regardless of age who meet the income requirements.

Participants must register for the program at the Washoe County Senior Center at 1155 E. 9th Street in Reno. They may also purchase taxi bucks at that location. Taxi bucks may be purchased by mail from RTC, and for instructions go to: RTCWashoe.com.
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