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Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

The RTC has been designated by the state legislature as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) as required by federal law for transportation in Washoe County. This vital and important role in our community helps Northern Nevada compete at the federal level for public dollars for transportation in our community. RTC works with local cities and regional government planning agencies to anticipate and plan for the future of our Truckee Meadows home. 

The Planning Department also conducts corridor studies, dissemination of regional transportation information, air quality analysis and development review services in addition to other tasks.

The future of Northern Nevada depends on the transportation network of roads, streets, highways and public transportation. The RTC Planning Department anticipates, forecasts and plans for the transportation needs of today, tomorrow and the future. Through efforts of the Planning Department, the community's visions for all modes of transportation is put into plans.


Planning is responsible for development and preparation of the region's long-range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the short-range transportation plan Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP). 

2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)  


 Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP)

Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) 





 2016 TIGER Grant Application for the RTC Washoe Electric Bus Initiative

2015 TIGER Grant Application for the RTC Washoe Electric Bus Initiative


North Valleys Regional Multimodal Transportation Study

This North Valleys Regional Multimodal Transportation Study is to identify transportation needs and alternate transportation improvements for regional roads in the North Valleys area. The study focuses on traffic operations analysis and improvements, safety improvements, pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and transit service needs.

Questions or comments please, contact Xuan Wang, RTC Project Manager at:  xwang@rtcwashoe.com

Complete Streets Master Plan

The purpose of the Complete Streets Master Plan is to identify the RTC’s long range strategy for Complete Street treatments in the Reno‑Sparks metropolitan area.  The plan will include:

       ·        A comprehensive analysis of multimodal safety issues relating to complete street designs

       ·        Assessment of the impact to traffic capacity and operations of the roadway network as a result of    complete streets

       ·         A long range plan for future complete street treatments in the region

       ·         Public outreach through multiple community workshops and other outreach activities

Complete Streets can include a variety of elements and are designed to improve safety and accommodate local land use characteristics.  Some of the potential components of Complete Streets can include sidewalks, bike lanes, shared use paths, enhanced crosswalks, reduction in the number of travel lanes, and bus stops.  Because each Complete Streets design is customized to meet corridor needs, not all of these elements will be present in each Complete Streets design.

Complete Streets Master Plan

View the presentation to the Board on 7/15/16

Complete Streets February 17th, and 23rd meeting Presentations:

 Questions or comments please, contact Amy Cummings, RTC Director of Planning at: acummings@rtcwashoe.com


Sun Valley Boulevard Corridor Study


The RTC, in partnership with Washoe County and the Nevada Department of Transportation, conducted a planning study of the Sun Valley Boulevard Corridor.  The study looked at how to improve all modes of travel – pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and cars, on Sun Valley between Scottsdale Road and Highland Ranch Parkway. 

Click here to view the final report that was approved by the RTC Board on February 20, 2015. 


Keystone Corridor Study

The Keystone Corridor Study was designed to identify and evaluate potential multimodal transportation improvements on Keystone Avenue. This study identified a strategy for developing Complete Streets improvements that was coordinated with adjacent plans and existing land use and redevelopment projects with an emphasis on safety.

NDOT’s Bridge Program provided information for the study on existing conditions and needs for future projects on Keystone Bridge. The corridor study area was from California Avenue, in the south, to McCarran Drive, in the north, and Booth Street from Riverside Drive to California Avenue. Also, limits included: California Avenue from Cherry Lane to Newlands Circle and Foster Drive from Booth Street to Keystone Avenue.Significant areas of focus were: safety for all modes, bicycle, pedestrian and ADA counts, traffic operations and efficiencies, transit services, infrastructure for alternative modes, and integration with land use plans. Plan development was based on community outreach events and collaboration with the City of Reno and other agencies as appropriate and planning-level design of roadway improvement options.

The study was adopted by the RTC Board and is slated for construction in late July 2015.

August Open House Materials:

View the flyer for the August 21st Open House

View the Presentation from the August Open House

View the Boards that were Displayed During the August Open House

May Open House Materials:

Alternatives Based From Community Input

Cal-Keystone Intersection Alt A

Cal-Keystone Intersection Alt B

Cal-Keystone Intersection Alt C

Cal-Keystone Intersection Alt D

Cal-Keystone Intersection Alt E

Vine Bike Lanes

Keystone Street Section - Share the Road

Keystone Street Section - Complete Street

Provide your feedback:

Download the Comment Form in English

Download the Comment Form in Spanish

If you have questions or comments, contact Amy Cummings, RTC Director of Planning, at: acummings@rtcwashoe.com



The RTC invited the community to provide comments and ideas on the future of Virginia Street as part of the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project. Two meetings were held for the public to review preliminary designs for Virginia Street. The designs featured proposed improvements for Virginia Street from Maple Street to 15th Street near the University of Nevada, Reno and from Liberty Street to Plumb Lane in Midtown.

The proposed enhancements include: wider sidewalks, new bike lanes and extending RAPID bus service north to UNR with new transit stations and intersection improvements. The project is also intended to better connect the University to Downtown Reno and Downtown to points south including Midtown. The extension of RTC RAPID would eliminate the need for a transfer at RTC 4TH STREET STATION to UNR, saving travelers’ valuable time. The project will also support economic growth and redevelopment along Virginia Street and throughout the region. Additionally, it will help create a safer community that is accessible to everyone under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

For more information on this project, go to http://virginiastreetrapidextension.com.

To leave additional feedback, contact RTC Project Manager, Doug Maloy at 775-335-1865 or by email at dmaloy@rtcwashoe.com

Click below for proposed enhancement concepts:

UNR Project Area
UNR North Roundabout
UNR Alternative 1
UNR Alternative 2
UNR Alternative 3
Midtown Project Area
Midtown Cross Sections

Virginia Street Corridor Study

The RTC in partnership with the City of Reno and the University of Nevada, Reno completed a corridor investment plan for Virginia Street from North McCarran Boulevard to the base of the Mt. Rose Highway. The purpose of this study is to conduct a multimodal  analysis (pedestrian, bicycle, transit and automobile) for potential transportation improvements on Virginia Street that can also support economic development efforts within the corridor. The RTC began the study in March 2013 and the project team met with stakeholders along the corridor to create awareness about the study and gather input. The study identifies recommendations for increasing mobility options, improving safety and addressing parking needs. Corridor stakeholders include the City of Reno, UNR, business owners, retail centers, gaming properties, and the general public.

Public participation and input was essential to completing the study. In July, the RTC conducted an online and digital survey to gather public input on topics about travel patterns, corridor amenities and transportation needs along Virginia Street. Other outreach activities included community meetings, open house events and one-on-one meetings with stakeholders. The information received from the surveys and community planning workshops helped shape the vision of Virginia Street. It helped determine the types of improvements the community would like to have to make Virginia Street safer and more accessible for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and motorists. In turn, these improvements will stimulate economic prosperity for the region.

The plan identifed short and long term improvements and a funding and implementation strategy. The outcome of the study will be incorporated into the Regional Transportation Plan and the Regional Transportation Improvement Program. A study database has been developed for interested individuals and business owners to receive info about event notifications, request information or ask questions. This is an opportunity to share your ideas, comments and concerns to help the RTC study team and stakeholders develop a base of community preferences for analysis and discussion. Contact RTC Project Manager, Doug Maloy at dmaloy@rtcwashoe.com  to add your name.  Although the plan has been completed, there will be many additional opportunities to participate in development of this project as RTC continues with environmental and engineering studies.

View the Small Starts Application for the Virginia Street Bus Rapid Transit Extension

Sparks Boulevard Corridor Study

The Regional Transportation Commission is conducting a multi-modal study on the Sparks Boulevard Corridor from Greg Street to Pyramid Highway.  The purpose of this study is to identify potential multimodal transportation (bicycle, pedestrian, transit and auto) improvements in the corridor.  When the study is complete, short and long term improvements will be identified as well as a funding plan and a strategy for implementation.

An open house was held on February 20, 2014.  To view the information provided at the open house, click here.


Mill Street/Terminal Way Corridor Study

The Regional Transportation Commission conducted a study to evaluate potential transportation improvements along Mill Street between Lake Street and Terminal Way, and Terminal Way between Plumb Lane and Mill Street.  The purpose of this study was to identify and evaluate potential multi-modal transportation improvements that coordinate effectively with adjacent planned and existing land use, and future redevelopment.  The study identified existing and future conditions along the corridor, including traffic analysis, safety issues, right-of-way, land use, transit, bicycles, pedestrians, and access control.  The RTC Board approved the study on May 19, 2013.


4th Street/Prater Way Study

Work is currently underway on the 30% design and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) permitting for a portion of the corridor from Evans Avenue to Pyramid Way.  The design team is busily collecting additional information and data in the corridor, including soils and environmental analysis, as well as right-of-way and topographic mapping.  This information will greatly inform engineers and designers as they continue to refine the roadway alignment design for the various proposed street cross sections within this segment of the corridor.  For more information on this project, click here for the 4th Street and Prater Way Fact Sheet.

For the latest information on the study, visit: http://4thprater.com
To learn more about the area's rich history, visit: http://RenoHistorical.org

View the Application for Funding through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program


Oddie Boulevard/Wells Avenue Corridor Study

The Oddie Boulevard/Wells Avenue Corridor Study was approved by the RTC Board on February 15, 2013. The purpose of the study was to identify multimodal transportation (bicycle, pedestrian, transit and auto) issues and solutions in the corridor, which can help to facilitate a move livable, safer, and more vibrant community in the Truckee Meadows.  The study and improvements are being planned in mind of the redevelopment efforts currently underway in the City of Sparks, as well as current planning efforts in conjunction with the Reno‐Tahoe Winter Games bid preparation.

To view the final report: Click Here