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RTC Commissioners,

Below, you will find your May 2015 RTC Board Update e-News. This electronic newsletter will be distributed monthly 2 weeks 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

STUFF-A-BUS FOR SENIORS

Stuff a bus logo

Many seniors in the community cannot afford basic necessities – but you can help! The RTC has teamed up with the City of Reno, Washoe County Senior Services and the Reno Aces to collect items for seniors. Items have been collected in donation barrels at businesses and public locations since May 18th. The drive is concluding today, May 29th, with a big event at the Reno Aces ballpark from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The goal is to fill a RTC bus with items to mark Older Americans Month.

New and unused items needed include: jackets, sweaters, small fans, cleaning supplies, Depends, gift cards and transit passes. The items will be distributed to local seniors by Washoe County Senior Services. For a complete list of locations and items needed, go to www.reno.gov/seniorgiving. Everyone who donates at the event will receive a buy one ticket, get one free coupon for an Aces game June 1-3.

VIRGINIA STREET BUS RAPID TRANSIT EXTENSION PROJECT COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING

Virginia Street Bus Rapid Transit Extension community meeting
RTC project manager Howard Riedl explains the project benefits at a community meeting held on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno on April 15.

The public is invited to share their ideas and provide input on the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit (BRT) Extension project at a Community Information Meeting on June 18. The meeting will take place at The Discovery Museum from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This meeting will focus on multi-modal improvements for the Midtown area. Proposed concepts for Virginia Street near the University of Nevada, Reno will also be displayed for people to provide additional feedback.

This project proposes to widen sidewalks in the Midtown area, improve bicycle amenities, accommodate parking and enhance RAPID bus service north to the University of Nevada, Reno. In addition to being supportive of community revitalization, the corridor will be brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Extensive outreach efforts have been part of this project, including 13 public meetings so far during the design phase alone. Numerous public meetings and other outreach efforts also took place during the planning phase of this project, which are detailed in the Virginia Street Corridor Investment Plan. The RTC staff has also met with citizens to listen to, and discuss, their ideas. A dedicated web site for the project has been established at www.virginiastreetrapidextension.com, and exhibits and information from all the public meetings is continually posted. Three RTC-sponsored television segments have aired encouraging public involvement, and there have been numerous stories about the project by the news media. Social media has also been used for outreach as well as the RTC’s web site and mass e-mails.

FREE TRANSIT ON DUMP THE PUMP DAY

Dump the Pump logo

The RTC is encouraging everyone to Dump the Pump on June 18th by providing free transit services. The annual Dump the Pump day is an opportunity for people to try out transit at no cost to them, and learn about its many benefits. The nationwide event is organized by the American Public Transportation Association, or APTA, which estimates on average a two car household downsizing to one car can save about $9,500 a year!

In addition to cost savings, Dumping the Pump contributes to cleaner air, less traffic congestion and gives people time to work or text while riding to their destinations. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization. Dump the Pump days often have near record ridership for the RTC. This is the tenth year for Dump the Pump.

THE RTC BEGINS PARK-AND-RIDE STUDY

heavy traffic photo
Heavy traffic near the intersection of Queen Way and Pyramid Way in Sparks.

Park your car, avoid traffic and take transit – that’s the idea of Park-and-Ride. The RTC is exploring expanding park-and-ride opportunities in a new study that will kick off in June. The study will examine potential future park-and-ride locations, as well as help estimate how many people may utilize each location and determine facilities for ridesharing such as carpool, vanpool and possibly transit. More park-and-ride opportunities will help ease traffic congestion, reduce pollution as well as offer an easy and convenient option for commuters.

A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Community Working Group (CWG) have been formed to help with the study. The public will have opportunities to provide input, including through a web page set to debut next month on www.RTCwashoe.com linked under Hot Topics.

CONGRESS PASSES SHORT TERM EXTENSION OF MAP-21

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) is set to expire at the end of May, however Congress voted to extend the Act, key to funding surface transportation projects, through July. Groups like the APTA are urging Congress to pass a long term solution. The extension would keep funding for surface transportation at current levels, despite an estimated $88 billion dollar backlog in transportation infrastructure projects.

MEET THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT

picture of planning department

The RTC Planning Department is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Washoe County. As the MPO, the Planning Department leads the development of the 20-year Regional Transportation Plan, 5-year Regional Transportation Improvement Program, 1-year Unified Planning Work Program, and the Public Participation Plan. The planning department team develops comprehensive plans to enhance safety in the region, accommodate growth, support economic development, provide accommodations for the many ways people get around and enhance transit. The department, headed by Director of Planning Amy Cummings, works together with the public to create both short-term and long-term transportation plans for the region. Currently, the department is working on a park-and-ride study, bike share program study, traffic modeling, GIS mapping, the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project, a Complete Streets Master Plan, and the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project among other projects. The planning department worked on an extensive long-term plan for the region, called the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan, that is available on www.RTCWashoe.com.

The department has received numerous awards and successfully applied for major grants. Notably, a $16 million US Department of Transportation TIGER grant was recently awarded for multi-modal improvements in the 4th Street/Prater Way Corridor. This is the largest single award in the RTC’s history. It also received an approximately $6 million Small Starts grant in the President’s budget in May.

The department also includes the members of the RTC communications team, which is responsible for internal and external communications as well as planning ways for the public to be involved in every step of the RTC’s projects. The communications team maintains communication with the public through social and traditional media, among other methods. Public involvement is the foundation of the work the RTC does. Our goal is to maximize community engagement by offering many opportunities to participate in the development of RTC projects, programs, and services. The RTC’s outreach efforts were recently honored by the American Planning Association.

 

Upcoming Meetings/Events

May 6
May 9-15
May 15
May 27
May 27
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RTC Commissioners,

April 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.comp>

STUFF-A-BUS FOR SENIORS

SouthEast Connector Phase 2 YouTube Preview

Many seniors in the community cannot afford basic necessities – but you can help! The RTC is teaming up with the City of Reno, Washoe County Senior Services and the Reno Aces to collect items for seniors now through May 29 during the Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors Donation Drive.

Items needed include new and unused: jackets, sweaters, small fans, cleaning supplies, Depends, gift cards and transit passes. Just take the items to drop off locations during the drive. Or, on May 29th, bring the items to the Reno Aces ballpark and receive a buy one ticket, get one free coupon for an Aces game June 1-3. The goal is to fill a RTC electric bus with items to mark Older Americans Month. The items will be distributed to local seniors by Washoe County Senior Services.

For a complete list of locations and items needed, go to http://www.reno.gov/seniorgiving.

VIRGINIA STREET BUS RAPID TRANSIT EXTENSION PROJECT COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING

picture of people at a community meeting
RTC project manager Howard Riedl explains the project benefits at a community meeting held on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno on April 15.

The public has the opportunity to share their ideas and provide input on the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit (BRT) Extension project at a Community Information Meeting on June 18. The meeting will take place at The Discovery Museum from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This meeting will focus on multi-modal improvements for the Midtown area. Proposed concepts for Virginia Street near the University of Nevada, Reno will also be displayed for people to provide additional feedback.

This project proposes to widen sidewalks in the Midtown area, improve bicycle amenities, accommodate parking and enhance RAPID bus service north to the University of Nevada, Reno. In addition to being supportive of community revitalization, the corridor will be brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Two prior Community Information Meetings have been held and an extensive outreach process during the planning phase. Public input continues to be a key component of the design phase, and a web site for the project is now available and features exhibits from the meetings. You can also subscribe to receive updates on the project on the site at: http://virginiastreetrapidextension.com.  

FREE TRANSIT DUMP THE PUMP DAY

Safety is Our Priority YouTube screenshot

The RTC is encouraging everyone to Dump the Pump on June 18th by providing free transit services. The annual Dump the Pump day is an opportunity for people to try out transit at no cost to them, and learn about its many benefits. The nationwide event is organized by the American Public Transportation Association, or APTA, which estimates on average a two car household downsizing to one car can save about $9,500 a year!

In addition to cost savings, Dumping the Pump contributes to cleaner air, less traffic congestion and gives people time to work or text while riding to their destinations. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization. Dump the Pump days often have near record ridership for the RTC. This is the tenth year for Dump the Pump.

THE RTC BEGINS PARK-AND-RIDE STUDY

picture of heavy traffic
Heavy traffic near the interaction of Queen Way and Pyramid Way of Sparks.

Park your car, avoid traffic and take transit – that’s the idea of Park-and-Ride. The RTC is exploring expanding park-and-ride opportunities in a new study that will kick off in June. The study will examine potential future park-and-ride locations, help estimate how many people may utilize each location, and determine facilities for ridesharing such as carpool, vanpool and possibly transit. More park-and-ride opportunities will help ease traffic congestion, reduce pollution as well as offer an easy and convenient option for commuters.

A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Community Working Group (CWG) have been formed to help with the study. The public will have many opportunities to provide input, including through a web page set to debut next month on RTCwashoe.com linked under Hot Topics.

CONGRESS PASSES SHORT TERM EXTENSION ON MAP-21
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) is set to expire at the end of May, however Congress voted to extend the act, key to funding surface transportation projects, through July. Groups like the APTA are urging Congress to pass a long term solution. The extension would keep funding for surface transportation at current levels, despite an estimated $88 billion dollar backlog in transportation infrastructure projects.

MEET THE RTC PLANNING DEPARTMENT

picture of RTC planning department

The RTC Planning Department is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Washoe County. As the MPO, the Planning Department leads the development of the 20-year Regional Transportation Plan, 5-year Regional Transportation Improvement Program, 1-year Unified Planning Work Program, and the Public Participation Plan. The planning department team develops comprehensive plans to enhance safety in the region, accommodate growth, support economic development, provide accommodations for the many ways people get around and enhance transit. The department, headed by Director of Planning Amy Cummings, works together with the public to create both short-term and long-term transportation plans for the region. Currently, the department is working on a park-and-ride study, bike share program study, traffic modeling, GIS mapping, the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project, a Complete Streets Master Plan, and the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project among other projects. The planning department worked on an extensive long-term plan for the region, called the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan, that is available on www.RTCWashoe.com.

The department has received numerous awards and successfully applied for major grants. Notably, a $16 million US Department of Transportation TIGER grant was recently awarded for multi-modal improvements in the 4th Street/Prater Way Corridor. This is the largest single award in the RTC’s history. It also received an approximately $6 million Small Starts grant in the President’s budget in May.

The department also includes the members of the RTC communications team, which is responsible for internal and external communications as well as planning ways for the public to be involved in every step of the RTC’s projects. The communications team maintains communication with the public through social and traditional media, among other methods. Public involvement is the foundation of the work the RTC does, and it’s the goal of the RTC to go above and beyond outreach requirements. The RTC’s outreach efforts were recently honored by the American Planning Association.

 
 

Upcoming Meetings/Events

May 6
May 9-15
May 15
May 27
May 27

The Road Ahead with RTC airs on KOLO 8

Tuesdays at 6:20 a.m.
Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.

Your RTC. Our Community.