SHORT RANGE TRANSIT PLAN
The RTC has begun the process of updating the FY 2017-2021 Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP). The process involves extensive public input and will help guide planning for transit services in the future. In December, a series of stakeholder meetings and focus groups will take place and a public meeting for additional feedback will be held in January. The plan involves all RTC transit services including: RIDE, RAPID, ACCESS, carpools an vanpools. Among the groups whose input is specifically being sought are: seniors, the disabled, students and coach operators.
FOOD FOR FARE
You can help feed the needy in Northern Nevada by paying fare with a non-perishable, non-expired food donation on 12/10 and 12/11. Donations support the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. If you aren’t riding you can still donate by either handing a donation to any coach operator or dropping off a donation in a barrel located at the RTC at 1105 Terminal Way in Reno.
You can help seniors in the community! Please donate NEW items on December 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and help Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors! You can also donate 11/23 through 12/14 by dropping a donation in a marked barrel. The barrels are at:
RTC, 1105 Terminal Way in Reno
Reno City Hall, First and Virginia Streets in Reno
Washoe County Administration Building at Ninth and Wells in Reno
Items requested are: NEW blankets, jackets, coats and sweaters. We’re also collecting cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products and adult diapers. You can also help by donating a gift card for groceries or pet supplies or even a bus pass.
Everyone who donates will also receive a free skate rental good 12/2 through 12/16!
TRAVEL DEMAND CHARACTERISTICS SURVEY
The RTC is currently conducting a study of travel patterns in the area. You may be contacted by phone, mail or in-person and asked to complete a survey. We appreciate your time, and this information helps the RTC plan future transportation improvements.
COMPLETE STREETS MASTER PLAN
The RTC is creating a Complete Streets Master Plan for the Reno/Sparks area that will help improve safety and mobility for all types of transportation including transit, walking,
biking and driving. We’re updating the Reno Sparks Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan, too!
VIRGINIA STREET BUS RAPID TRANSIT EXTENSION PROJECT
The RTC’s exciting plans to enhance RAPID bus service on Virginia Street are moving ahead with input from the community and the Reno City Council. The Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project will improve all modes of transportation on this vibrant street at the heart of Reno. The project will also bring the project area into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and better link the University of Nevada, Reno to Downtown Reno and Midtown. The Reno City Council and the RTC Board approved a design concept that includes the extension of RAPID transit to the University, bus-only lanes and bike lanes in the University area, and construction of five new RAPID stations to serve the University and three RAPID station upgrades in Midtown. The project will also add street trees and wider sidewalks. The RTC will be holding future public workshops as the project moves closer to final design, anticipated by spring 2016. This will give the public the opportunity to work together with the RTC and provide input on the aesthetic elements and details of the project.
Visit the Project Web Site (The online survey has closed, thanks to everyone who participated!)
The Upper South East Communities Coalition (USECC) filed a lawsuit against the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) following its issuance of the Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit, a key permit needed for phase two of the SouthEast Connector Project. In order to protect the public interest, the RTC filed a motion to become an intervener in the lawsuit. The RTC is confident in the decision by the USACE issued on April 16, 2015. This project as submitted and reviewed by the USACE and applicable state and federal regulatory agencies provides the least human impact, improves the environment and wildlife habitat, and brings significant benefits to the environment.
In addition to the lawsuit, the USECC sought an injunction to stop construction of the project. On June 3, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Mendez denied the motion for injunctive relief. This decision was appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; the USECC also filed a request for emergency injunction with the court. On July 9, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals denied the emergency motion for injunctive relief.
On November 19, the lawsuit was dismissed with both parties in agreement. Construction of the project continues and the legal case is now over. To view documents related to the case, go to: http://southeastconnector.com