RTC Project No. 211003

RTC Project Manager (PM)
Jeff Wilbrecht, P.E.
(775) 335-1872

RTC Engineering Department
(775) 348-0171
(775) 348-0170 fax

Design Firm:  Nichols Consulting Engineers (NCE)

Construction Contractor:  Sierra Nevada Construction Inc. (Construction Manager at Risk)

This project addresses critical transportation needs including improving transit connectivity, efficiency, and timeliness through connecting RAPID to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), improving safety for all modes, correcting ADA sidewalk deficiencies, and improving traffic operations. No sidewalks exist in many sections of the corridor, and in other areas sidewalks are in poor condition, which forms a barrier to transit stop access. The corridor contains numerous vacant or underutilized buildings and lots. Improved transit service and walkability will encourage implementation of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and redevelopment district goals. The scope of project includes:

  • Midtown Virginia complete street and RTC RAPID stop improvements (Plumb Lane to Liberty Street).
  • North Virginia complete street improvements and RTC RAPID service extension (Maple Street and northern terminus of RTC RAPID), widening North Virginia between 8th & 9th Streets.

Roadway construction work is in progress.  Visit for more information about construction phasing and to sign up for project updates.

Construction of the utility portion of the project is complete.

The RTC is seeking a Small Starts Grant (SSG) for Federal Fiscal Year 2019. The application has been submitted and we are awaiting review and approval by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). On June 15, 2018 the RTC received notification from the FTA that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was issued. The FONSI document outlines the determinations and findings of the environmental analysis in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  The document includes information about the selection of the preferred alternative, analysis of a range of environmental topics, and the response to comments, among other areas of review. Notices have been posted and sent electronically to required agencies and locations. The FONSI has been posted to the project website, or can be requested from the RTC Engineering office.

At this time, RAPID service to N Virginia Street is slated for spring 2021.

Planning: December 2014 to October 2015
Environmental: December 2014 to Spring 2018
Preliminary Design:  December 2014 to June 2017
Final Design:  June 2017 to December 2018
Construction:  Utility Relocation (complete), Roadway Construction (ongoing through December 2020)

Total Project Estimate:  $80,000,000
Amount Approved:  $80,529,626
Funding Source:  RTC Fuel Tax, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grant

Post updated on:  September 26, 2019