Lee Gibson, Executive Director

Mr. Gibson serves as the Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC). The RTC is an integrated transportation agency serving as the metropolitan planning organization, public transit operator and street and highway agency for the citizens of the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area and unincorporated Washoe County, which includes a portion of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Since his appointment in 2009, Mr. Gibson has focused on customer service, partnerships, collaboration, and reducing agency operating costs, as well using alternative project and program delivery methods. The results include:

  • Reducing agency operating cost by over 30 percent while delivering the largest multimodal construction program in the agency’s history.
  • Restructuring the transit system to reduce operating costs while improving customer satisfaction with improved on time performance and innovative services such as the RTC RAPID bus rapid transit project;
  • Executing a shared services initiative between the RTC and the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency for regional economic forecasting and mapping.
  • Broader community outreach program and introduction of Construction Manager at Risk delivery methods.

Mr. Gibson is making the RTC a leader in sustainability and transportation. The RTC adopted a Sustainability Policy, achieved LEED certification for two recently opened transit centers, and obtained recognition for the development of Complete Streets and sustainable highway design throughout the Truckee Meadows. The region was designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the American League of Bicyclists and one of the RTC’s major roadway projects – the SouthEast Connector – was recently recognized by the Federal Highway Administration as a project worthy of demonstrating sustainable design practices. Other accomplishments include obtaining a Transportation Investment for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions (TIGGER) FTA grant to purchase and demonstrate electric bus technologies as well as winning an FTA State of Good Repair grant to replace older fixed route vehicles with newer fuel efficient hybrids.

Industry and Community Involvement

Mr. Gibson is a founding member of the Northern Nevada Transportation Collaborative (NNTC), a coalition of business and government leaders, academic researchers, transportation professionals and citizens dedicated to promoting transportation as key tool for economic revitalization, quality of life, and sustainability. In 2012, Mr. Gibson will be the Chairman of the Nevada Executive Committee for Transportation Safety where he works with state and local agencies to champion safety policies for all modes of transportation. He is also a member of the TRB Planning Applications Committee and the APTA Planning and Policy Committee.

Lee G. Gibson
Executive Director
Phone: (775) 335-1826
Fax: (775) 348-3270
lgibson@rtcwashoe.com