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RTC Commissioners,

Below, you will find your March 2015 RTC Board Update e-News. This electronic newsletter will be distributed monthly the week following your Board meeting. Please contact Michael Moreno or me with any questions you may have. Michael can be reached at (775) 335-1869 or email at mmoreno@rtcwashoe.com.

Lee G. Gibson, AICP, Executive Director
Ph: (775) 348-0400 Fax: (775) 324-3503
E-mail: lgibson@rtcwashoe.com

VIRGINIA STREET BUS RAPID TRANSIT PROJECT COMMUNITY MEETINGS

This concept depicts proposed improvements of Virginia Street near UNR.

The RTC is embarking on an exciting project to enhance connectivity in Reno and improve transportation for everyone no matter how they get around. Following an extensive community outreach process, the RTC developed a comprehensive plan to enhance transportation in the Virginia Street Corridor. The plan also seeks to better connect the University of Nevada, Reno to downtown and downtown to points south, including Midtown.

The RTC has begun preliminary design of improvements from Maple Street to 15th Street and Plumb Lane to Liberty Street. Among the goals of the project are: to create a gateway feature for the University, improve accommodations for bikes and pedestrians in Midtown, enhance safety and extend RAPID transit service north to UNR. This connection will enhance regional connectivity to and from the University.

The RTC is welcoming the public’s comments on preliminary design concepts and encouraging people to attend one of two Community Information Meetings. The first Community Information Meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 14 at the Discovery Museum located at 490 S. Center Street in Reno from 5 to 7 p.m. The second meeting will take place Wednesday, April 15 at the University of Nevada, Reno Raggio Research Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free parking is available in the parking garage for those attending the meeting at UNR (follow signage). A brief presentation will be given at 5:30 p.m. at both events. Several possible concepts for Virginia Street will be presented and the public is encouraged to share their comments, ideas and suggestions with project team members.

A Community Working Group (CWG) has also been established to provide input and guidance throughout the preliminary design process, giving corridor stakeholders pride of ownership of the improvements. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), comprised of resource agency partners, is also working to make these concepts come to fruition and support a growing community, University and business sector.

The project represents an estimated investment of $27.35 million based on the 2014 planning study. The project is in partnership with the City of Reno, the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Federal Transit Administration.

STAND UP 4 TRANSPORTATION

Stand Up 4 Transportation, National Transportation Infrastructure Day, April 9, 2015
Click the picture above for a special message from members of the RTC Board.

The RTC is joining transportation and transit agencies across the country to Stand Up 4 Transportation on April 9. This unique advocacy campaign urges Congress through community events and social media to pass a new surface transportation authorization bill that provides long term funding. MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act) is set to expire at the end of May. The American Public Transportation Association or APTA is organizing the campaign. APTA estimates it would cost $86 billion dollars to bring the nation’s existing transit infrastructure into a state of good repair. It’s estimated for every $1 invested in transportation, $4 in economic benefits is generated to communities.

At its March meeting, the RTC Board approved a resolution supporting Stand Up 4 Transportation. The RTC will be participating in creating videos with community members standing up for transportation. Press events are being coordinated throughout the state which will be announced through local media outlets. Additionally, everyone is encouraged to send social media messages advocating investment in our transportation infrastructure to federal leaders using #SU4T. The statewide participation includes the Carson Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, NDOT, Tahoe Transportation District, and your RTC.

For more information, visit http://apta.com.

NEW PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE PLACED OVER THE TRUCKEE

Crews assemble the pedestrian bridge on March 10 before lifting into place on March 13. Click the photo above to view a short video of the bridge installation.

The RTC installed a new pedestrian bridge over the Truckee River just south of the intersection of Greg Street and McCarran Boulevard. The pedestrian bridge, which was set in place with a crane, will enhance safety for people on foot and traveling by bike. The pedestrian bridge will be covered by metal mesh to protect bats that live under the nearby McCarran Boulevard Bridge. At a future date, interpretive signage will be added to inform people about the local bat population. The pedestrian bridge will open once the area is no longer a construction zone. It will also connect to a new, paved multi-use path that will parallel McCarran Boulevard from Longley Lane in Reno to Greg Street in Sparks.

The pedestrian bridge and multi-use path are included in SE McCarran Boulevard widening project. The project is now in its second and final phase and will widen McCarran Boulevard from four to six lanes from Mira Loma Drive to Greg Street. Drivers should plan for delays during construction, and traffic may be reduced to a single lane in each direction. Temporary driveway closures may be necessary to maintain safe traffic operations. The project is slated to be completed near the end of 2015.

FEDERAL REVIEW OF RTC PLANNING PROCESS

Federal Highway Administration Logo

The Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration are conducting a review of the regional transportation planning process as conducted by the RTC and its partner agencies. The review will assess compliance with USDOT transportation planning regulations and will consider public involvement, civil rights, the long range transportation plan, the transportation improvement program, air quality, fiscal constraint, and other related topics.

The public is encouraged to share opinions and comments with representatives of the US Department of Transportation at the RTC boardroom at 2050 Villanova Drive on Monday, March 30. The public listening session will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The RTC boardroom is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids to assist individuals with disabilities should be made with as much advance notice as possible. These requests should be directed to Denise Thompson at 775-348-0400. For those requiring hearing or speech assistance, contact Relay Nevada at 1-800-326-6868 (TTY, VCO or HCO). RTC RIDE Route 19 serves this location.

For information on submitting written comments, go to http://rtcwashoe.com and click on Hot Topics.

Upcoming Meetings/Events

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