TWENTY-FOURTH ANNUAL FOOD FOR FARE
The RTC is partnering with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada for the 24th Annual Food for Fare drive! This drive allows bus passengers to pay their fare with a donation of a non-perishable, non-expired food donation. The event will be all day on Thursday, December 8th and Friday, December 9th.
You need not ride the bus to donate, just hand a donation to the driver. A food donation barrel is also located in the lobby of the RTC administrative building at 1105 Terminal Way in Reno. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada helps feed 95,000 people each month.
NEW RTC/TOKEN TRANSIT MOBILE FARE APP
RTC transit riders are now able to buy bus passes on their phones and show a digital bus pass on the screen to board! This new technology is a partnership of Token Transit and the RTC, and eliminates the need for paper passes and visiting a ticket vending machine. Users simply download the free Token Transit app on their Apple phone, and link it to a credit or debit card. A digital bus pass display is shown to the driver as the passenger gets on board! Cash fares and traditional bus passes will continue to be accepted in addition to the new digital passes. To incentivize downloading the new app, the first digital bus pass purchased through Token Transit will be 50 percent off during the initial trial period for the app. Note: the technology will soon be available for Android users as well.
SPECIAL EVENT: STUFF-A-BUS FOR SENIORS
The City of Reno, Washoe County and the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) are partnering again this season on the Holiday Senior Giving and Stuff a Bus program.
The donation drive begins on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 and ends on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. The organizations are asking for NEW, unused items for seniors in the community. A list of needed items — such as new jackets, hats and gloves, sweat shirts and pants, toiletries and bus passes — is available at Reno.gov/SeniorGiving.
"This is a great opportunity to extend a helping hand to the seniors in our community who may be struggling to make ends meet,” said Reno Vice Mayor and RTC Commissioner Neoma Jardon. “I have been so proud and thankful to see the generosity of so many community members who donated to past Senior Giving efforts."
Organizers are hoping to beat last winter’s Stuff a Bus donations, which included 32 bags of new clothing, 27 new winter coats, 66 winter hats, scarves and gloves, 18 bags of sleepwear, 51 new blankets, 54 bags of personal hygiene products, 8 bags of pet supplies, 15 gift cards and $120 in cash donations.
Starting on Tuesday, November 15, donations can be delivered to these locations:
Donated items will be delivered to Washoe County Senior Services at the end of the program and distributed to seniors in need.
The drive will culminate with a Senior Giving Stuff a Bus event on Wednesday, December 7. An RTC bus will be parked in front of Greater Nevada Field between 4 and 7 p.m. People who donate during those hours will receive a free ice skating rental coupon for certain days in December and January.
The Stuff a Bus event coincides with the City of Reno’s annual Tree Lighting event, which will also take place on December 7 at 5 p.m., outside of Reno City Hall.
VIRGINIA STREET UTILITY WORK
Reno, NV (November 4, 2016) – As the RTC prepares to break ground on the Virginia Street RAPID Transit Extension Project in 2018, utility exploration work is getting underway. The work will begin November 7th and last about three weeks. The majority of the work will be taking place between Plumb Lane and Liberty Streets with some work happening near the University of Nevada, Reno.
Throughout the work, one travel lane will be maintained in each direction as well as left turn lanes at major signalized intersections. Driveway closures of one hour or more are possible during construction activities. The RTC and Sierra Nevada Construction (SNC) will be working closely with nearby residents and businesses to inform them about the utility work, and businesses will remain accessible. Anyone whose driveway will be closed temporarily to complete the work will also receive 18 to 24 hours notice and the closure will be of short duration.
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The RTC will begin work on a project to enhance safety at the intersection of Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard. Work began April 4 involves traffic controls.
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The 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) helps guide improvements in the region, sustaining the economy, increasing livability and accommodating growth. The document also outlines the guiding principles of the RTC and is developed with extensive public input. The public outreach process is now underway as the RTC updates the RTP, which is the long-range transportation plan for the region. Outreach efforts that will be taking place during the next few months include forums for youths, seniors, veterans and on the topics of freight and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Several public meetings will also be held, and the RTC Board will review the updates for possible adoption later this year.
Technologies Forum to be Announced
A presentation was given to the North Valleys Citizens Advisory Board as the RTC begins an extensive study to examine opportunities for Complete Street enhancements, safety improvements and capacity projects in the North Valleys area. The study involves extensive public outreach with stakeholder and public meetings. The area being studied has experienced significant business and residential growth, and includes major distribution facilities including PetCo and Amazon.
View the displays from the public workshop held on 2/4/16:
View the presentations from the workshop on 6/30/16:
The RTC began the process of updating the FY 2017-2021 Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) in November 2015. The SRTP is RTC’s business plan for transit services in our community over the next five years. It also serves as the short range transportation element of the 20-Year Regional Transportation Plan which is now in the process of being updated. Development of the SRTP is a community-based planning process. The SRTP reviews all RTC transit services including: RIDE, RAPID, ACCESS, carpools and vanpools.
An effective and efficient transit system benefits everyone whether they use public transit or not, and is essential to a vibrant and prosperous economy. You're invited to participate and share your ideas! Submit comments to http://rtctransitplan.com.