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).
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.
Sun Valley Boulevard Corridor Study
The RTC, in partnership with Washoe County and the Nevada Department of Transportation, is conducting a planning study of the Sun Valley Boulevard Corridor. The study looks at how to improve all modes of travel – pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and cars, on Sun Valley between Scottsdale Road and Highland Ranch Parkway. The final report will include recommended improvements that will be coordinated with both existing and planned land use and redevelopment opportunities.
In June, two meetings were held at Hobey's Casino for the public to discuss ideas and provide comments to improve the corridor. A workshop was held on June 23rd to gather ideas with a follow-up open house on June 26th to summarize the results from the workshop and show possible ways those ideas can be used. View information from the meetings at: http://www.sunvalleyblvd.com
Comments are still being accepted, and may be submitted to Roger Hanson, RTC project manager, by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Keystone Corridor Study is designed to identify and evaluate potential multimodal transportation improvements on Keystone Avenue. This study will identify a strategy for developing Complete Streets improvements that will be coordinated with adjacent plans and existing land use and redevelopment projects with an emphasis on safety.
The study will obtain information from NDOT’s Bridge Program on existing conditions and needs for future projects on Keystone Bridge. The corridor study area is from California Avenue, in the south, to McCarran Drive, in the north, and Booth Street from Riverside Drive to California Avenue. Also limits include California Avenue from Cherry Lane to Newlands Circle and Foster Drive from Booth Street to Keystone Avenue.Significant areas of focus will include, but not be limited to: 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 will be 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.
Alternatives Based From Community Input
These alternatives will be presented to the RTC Board on Friday, July 25, for recommendations to present to the public on August 21, 2014.
If you have questions or comments, contact Amy Cummings, RTC Director of Planning, at: email@example.com
Comments are welcome and accepted until the point the RTC Board makes a final decision on the report.
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 Director of Planning Amy Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.