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The Road Ahead with RTC

"The Road Ahead with RTC" airs on KOLO 8 TV on Tuesdays during "Good Morning Reno," on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., and on Thursdays 11 a.m. to noon during “Midday." This semi-weekly news segment will feature interviews addressing transportation projects, needs and solutions.


May 19, 20, 21 -- RTC New Safety Message


May 19, 2015: Safety Message -View this Segment

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 - View this Segment

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 Preview - View This Segment

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 Update - View This Segment

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: southeastconnector.com.

April 21, 2015: Bike Share Study - View This Segment

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 - View This Segment

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 - View This Segment

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 - View This Segment

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 - View This Segment

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 - View This Segment

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 - View This Segment

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 - View This Segment

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 - View This Segment

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 - View This Segment

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 - View This Segment

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 - View This Segment

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 - View This Segment

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 - View This Segment

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 - View This Segment

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 - View This Segment

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.