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.