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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 and the short-range transportation plan (Regional Transportation Improvement Program). 


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.



Virginia Street Corridor Study
The RTC in partnership with the City of Reno and the University of Nevada, Reno has initiated a corridor investment planning process 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 has been meeting with stakeholders along the corridor to create awareness about the study and gather input. The study will identify 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 is essential to complete 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 will include community meetings, open house events and one-on-one meetings with stakeholders. Anyone that uses the corridor to commute to work, shopping and dining venues is encouraged to attend these events. The information received from the surveys and community planning workshops will help shape the vision of Virginia Street. It will help 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.

When completed, the plan will identify short and long term improvements and develop a funding and implementation strategy. The outcome of the study, anticipated to be completed in late winter 2014, 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 planner Patrice Echola at to add your name.


Mill Street/Terminal Way Corridor Study
The Regional Transportation Commission is evaluating 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 is to identify and evaluate potential multi-modal transportation improvements that coordinate effectively with adjacent planned and existing land use, and future redevelopment.  The study will identify existing and future conditions along the corridor, including traffic analysis, safety issues, right-of-way, land use, transit, bicycles, pedestrians, and access control.  Public participation and community outreach will be an important component when developing alternatives for future improvements to this corridor. 


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. 

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 recommendations were developed in coordination with the redevelopment efforts currently underway in the City of Sparks. The final plan, materials from the workshops and open houses, and the existing conditions report are available for viewing on the project website (see link above).

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was authorized under the latest transportation legislation, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). The TAP provides funds for projects that improve non-motorized mobility, historic preservation, scenic accessibility, the Safe Routes to School program, and environmental management. As the MPO for the region, the RTC is tasked with administering the TAP. The RTC Board adopted guidance (see link below) for the program on May 17, 2013. 

TAP Guidelines
TAP Application

1990 Reno-Sparks Travel Survey 
Washoe County Travel Characteristics Studies

ADA Transition Plan

Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

Pedestrian Safety Action Plan

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