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RTC REGRETFULLY ENDS SAND HARBOR SERVICE

Reno, NV (July 16, 2014) – The Regional Transportation Commission regretfully has discontinued its weekend and holiday bus service between Reno and Sand Harbor State Park at Lake Tahoe earlier than anticipated. The service launched on May 24th as a demonstration project and was originally slated to continue through Labor Day. However, steep mountainous terrain and the intense summer heat are causing substantial wear and tear on the buses.

The fleet of buses is maintained regularly and safety is the RTC’s top priority. Maintenance crews discovered the brake and fluid systems on several buses were overheating, which required frequent repairs and replacement of parts. In order to maintain the highest safety standards at all times, continuing the service was no longer feasible.

Since debuting, the Sand Harbor service helped connect more than 950 riders with recreational opportunities. While a significant amount, the demand was less than anticipated and unable to sustain the service. The cost per passenger was the highest among RTC transit services. The service was a demonstration project possible as a result of federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program. The remaining federal funds will be reprogrammed for another transit project in the future.

NEVADA UNIFIED CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (NUCP)

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
Certification Review Meeting
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
10:00 am

For more information, click here.

PUBLIC INVITED TO COMMENT ON SUN VALLEY CORRIDOR STUDY

The Regional Transportation Commission is studying the Sun Valley Boulevard corridor, and members of the public commented on the study at two events in June.

The study area is roughly Sun Valley Boulevard from Scottsdale Road in Reno to Highland Ranch Parkway, and includes properties within about a half mile of the corridor. The study’s purpose is to identify how to better accommodate all modes of travel – by vehicle, bike and on foot.

People shared their comments and ideas at two public events. The first event was a design workshop on Monday, June 23rd, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hobey’s Casino in the upstairs banquet room. The second event, which was an open house, took place at the same location and time on Thursday, June 26th.

The design workshop was hands-on, giving people an opportunity to talk with their neighbors about potential improvements and solutions for the corridor. Based on the feedback, RTC-developed alternatives for the corridor were presented at the open house meeting later in the week. People provided comments on the alternatives, and selected their preferences.

For more information about the Sun Valley Corridor Study, to review the alternatives developed, provide comments and select your preferences, go to: http://sunvalleyblvd.com

Submit comments to RTC Project Manager Roger Hanson at rhanson@rtcwashoe.com


 

DUMP THE PUMP FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN PRIZES

 

With gas prices near $4 a gallon, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is inviting you to Dump the Pump! As part of this national movement, people are encouraged to ride transit, bike, walk and carpool.  This is the ninth year for the event.

People who choose to Dump the Pump, and record their trips will receive small prizes. Participants recording their trips will also be eligible for drawings for larger prizes. Trips can be recorded between June 19th and July 31st at: http://www.rtcwashoe.greenride.com. The more trips that are recorded, the more chances a person has to win a big prize. 

Bus riders who record their green trips are eligible to win a Toshiba Excite 7c-8GB tablet. Walkers recording trips have the chance to win a Fitbit One activity tracker. Bikers recording their green trips could win two Mini Monkey Lights. Those recording their carpool could win a JBL Flip Portable Stereo Speaker.

Click here for prize rules

Click here for prize descriptions


 

COORDINATED HUMAN SERVICES PUBLIC TRANSIT PLAN OPEN HOUSE, THURSDAY AUGUST 7th

The purpose of the open house is to receive public input on how to improve services for seniors and people with disabilities. RTC is updating the Coordinated Human Services Public Transit Plan. This plan identifies the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities and older adults, provides strategies for meeting these needs and prioritizes transportation services for funding and implementation. Some new project ideas include:

  • Coordinated transportation services among social service agencies
  • Expansion of volunteer driver program
  • Increased funding for RTC’s non-urbanized and/or senior transportation program
  • Expand Washoe Senior Ride program
  • Work-related trip matching
  • A new senior transportation service operated by the RTC

The August 7th open house will take place at the Washoe County Senior Center from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  This open house follows another public outreach event in May.  To view some of the information presented at the May 27th open house, click here.

For more information, contact Tina Wu, RTC project manager, at: (775) 335-1908, or twu@rtcwashoe.com or click here.


 

KEYSTONE AVENUE CORRIDOR STUDY OPEN HOUSE

The Regional Transportation Commission hosted the third public meeting for ongoing community input for the Keystone Avenue Corridor Study on May 22nd. This meeting took place at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center, focusing on specific design alternatives and options for the public to consider. Attendees had the opportunity to provide comments and vote on their preference for which alternatives are carried forward into the draft report for the study.  

The specific alternatives presented include concepts for the intersection of California Avenue and Keystone Avenue, concepts for bicycle facilities along Keystone Avenue and Vine Street, concepts for the intersections of Keystone Avenue at both Kings Row and University Terrace, and roadway improvements and striping concepts north of West 7th Street to Coleman Avenue.

Click here to review the alternatives developed from community input.

If you have comments or questions, you may submit them up to the point a final RTC Board decision is made. Send your comments to Amy Cummings, RTC Director of Planning at: acummings@rtcwashoe.com


 

MAYBERRY DRIVE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT: CONSIDERING A ROUNDABOUT AT INTERSECTION WITH HUNTER LAKE.

 

The roundabout discussion as an RTC Board Meeting Agenda Item has been postponed from June 20, 2014, to a yet to be determined date. RTC is continuing to receive considerable comment for inclusion in the discussion.

A PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING REGARDING THE PROJECT WAS HELD ON MAY 20TH, AT HUNTER LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 909 HUNTER LAKE DRIVE, RENO.

This project will reconstruct the last section of Mayberry Drive from Hunter Lake Drive to California Avenue. The existing traffic signal at the intersection with Hunter Lake is old and was programmed to be upgraded as part of the project. Engineering analysis determined that a roundabout would function better at this location and will address the unusual configuration; improve safety, especially for pedestrians; and increase sustainability by reducing emissions and long term maintenance costs.

For more information, click the links below.

Mayberry Drive Reconstruction Project

Mayberry Drive Project Location and Scope

Mayberry Roundabout Model Simulation Video

Traffic Analysis

Comparison Letter

Comment Form Fillable

May 20, 2014 Presentation - Notes

School Zone Case Studies

If you have comments or questions, contact Michele Dennis at mdennis@rtcwashoe.com


RTC IS ON THE GRID! RTC OFFICIALLY WELCOMED 4 NEW BATTERY-ELECTRIC BUSES THAT WILL ELECTRIFY THE COMMUNITY.

The RTC invited the public to celebrate the addition of four brand new battery-electric buses to its fleet with a community celebration on Monday, April 14th at 10 am at RTC 4TH STREET STATION on Evans Avenue.

US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid attended the RTC event to celebrate the launch of the new buses made possible with a federal grant from the US Dept. of Transportation/Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Local and state dignitaries and representatives from Proterra, Inc. joined Senator Reid to mark the occasion.

 

 Click here to learn more about the benefits of battery-electric powered buses.

 


Transit Connections 2013

The RTC in partnership with the City of Reno, the City of Sparks, the County of Washoe and its sponsors hosted the inaugural Transit Connections 2013 community summit on December 6th. Transit Connections 2013 was an important and significant first step to raise awareness and begin the dialogue about the way public transit enriches our community and to hear new strategies and ideas to make it stronger and more beneficial for the region. 2014 will be the year transit issues are further discussed with our community with the help of a Blue Ribbon Committee that will be appointed by the RTC Board in early 2014. For your information, here are the links to the presentations made during the summit.

Economics of Transit / Nelson Presentation
Economics of Transit / Hughes Presentation
Transit: It's Personal / Fitch Presentation
Transit: It's Personal / Hunter Presentation
Emerging Trends Senior Needs / McMullen Presentation
Emerging Trends Senior Needs / Tarbutton Presentation
Emerging Trends Senior Needs / Weiner Presentation
Emerging Trends Millennials and Transit / Austin Presentation
Envisioning the Future of Transit / Litman Presentation