The South Meadows Multimodal Transportation Study will identify needs and alternate transportation improvements for regional roads in the South Meadows area. The study will focus on traffic operations analysis and improvements, safety improvements, pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and transit service needs. The study encompasses the general South Meadows area in Reno and Washoe County as shown on the map below. Specific study area boundary will be determined in coordination with the project team.

Objective

The objective of the study is to identify and evaluate potential multimodal transportation improvements for regional roads in the South Meadows area. The study will identify a strategy for developing transportation improvements that are coordinated with adjacent planned and existing land use. It will be conducted in coordination with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) Reno-Sparks freeway study.

Task 1: Project Management

1.1 Invoicing and Progress Reports
Prepare the monthly progress reports, invoices, and billing.

1.2 Coordination
An initial meeting with RTC will be organized to establish study goals and objectives. Coordination with the RTC project manager and staff will be on-going throughout the project. It is anticipated that the consultant will communicate with the project management team through brief weekly telephone updates and an in-person meeting once per month. Additional coordination meetings will be considered additional work and billed on a time-and-materials basis.

1.3 Management Plan
The consultant shall provide a management plan that identifies a team organizational structure and anticipated steps and processes required to complete the study. This will include a project schedule and budget for each task and corresponding deliverables, and progress reports.

Task 2: Existing and Future Conditions Analysis

2.1 Existing Studies
Review existing traffic and land use development studies that are relevant to the South Meadows area and incorporate into the analysis. Review recent and planned improvements.

2.2 Traffic Analysis
Identify a list of study intersections in the area in coordination with the project team. Obtain recent peak hour morning and evening turning movement data at the intersections where needed during a typical work day when school is in session. Analyze system performance based on the data collected. Prepare Level of Service (LOS) analysis for the study intersections and roadway segments. Develop existing and 2040 traffic volumes along the regional network and at major intersections using adjusted RTC travel demand model results.

2.3 Land Use Analysis
Collect information about zoning, current land use, and planned land use/redevelopment, including South Meadows area schools, major commercial, industrial and residential developments. Coordinate with the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency (TMRPA) to update information about proposed developments in the area. Coordinate with Washoe County School District and major land use developments that have the potential to significantly impact the travel demand or traffic operations in the study area. Develop a memo to document all land use changes compared with the 2016 consensus forecast which was used in the RTC’s travel demand model. Provide a summary that can be used by the RTC to update the travel demand model land use data and reflect the development forecasts. Travel demand modelling will be conducted by the RTC and outputs provided to the consultant. The consultant will adjust raw model results following the RTC’s direction.

2.4 Safety Analysis
Collect available crash statistics, including bicycle and pedestrian related crashes, to analyze potential safety issues and contributing factors on the study roadway segments.

2.5 Transit Analysis
Document existing transit service and ridership trends in the immediate study area. This includes boardings and alightings by stop, hours of service, locations for bus stops, and transit amenities in the study area. Coordinate with the RTC Public Transportation and Operations Department to analyze future transit service needs.

2.6 Pedestrian/Bicycle Analysis
Document the location of existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities and the connectivity of the pedestrian network in the study area. This will be based on the current Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan and available mapping or GIS layers.

Task 3 Public and Agency Involvement

3.1 Project Technical Advisory Committee Meetings
Facilitate up to three (3) project TAC meetings that will be held during the planning study to review study issues and results. NDOT is also conducting a freeway study in the area. Coordination with NDOT shall occur throughout the study.

3.2 Public Information Meetings/Planning Workshops
Facilitate up to two (2) public information meetings in coordination with NDOT, in an open-house/workshop format during the project. Conduct outreach to area residents and business/property owners and community groups.

3.3 Stakeholder Meetings
Create a stakeholder list. Hold up to two (2) stakeholder meetings with local business or community groups. Present the project at City of Reno Ward 2 Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB) and South Truckee Meadows Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) meetings.

3.4 RTC Technical Advisory Committee (RTC TAC) and Citizens Multimodal Advisory Committee (CMAC) Meetings
Make two presentations to the RTC TAC and CMAC (four meetings total).

Task 4: Develop and Evaluate Alternatives

4.1 Develop a vision statement and associated goals for the study.
This multimodal vision statement should incorporate community and stakeholder input and include the integration of transportation, land use, and community needs.  The role South Meadows area serves relative to different transportation modes (auto, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian) should be considered.  Goals for the area should take into account existing and future land use.

4.2 Roadway and Traffic Improvements
Develop and evaluate short and long-term roadway and intersection improvements, including the following:

  • Traffic signal upgrades
  • Travel lane configurations
  • Intersection/ interchange configurations and potential roundabouts
  • Signs and markings improvements
  • Traffic calming measures
  • School zone operational &safety improvements

Detailed Designs, Right-of-Way Determination, and Change of Access Reports are not included in this Scope of Work but may be included under contract amendment.

4.3 Transit Improvements
Develop and evaluate short and long-term transit improvements based on the Short Range Transit Plan, including the following:

  • Potential need for transit service
  • Potential park and ride lots
  • Potential location for bus turnouts and stops
  • Potential improvements of bus stop pads and amenities

4.4 Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements
Develop and evaluate improvements to pedestrian and bicycle facilities, including sidewalks, bicycle lanes, multi-use paths and streetscape improvements at a planning level.

Task 5: Report Preparation

5.1 Draft Report
Prepare a concise and focused draft report including graphics and illustrations of alternatives. The report will include typical cross-sections, conceptual design level exhibits for roadway and intersection improvements, concept layouts of other improvements, and planning level cost estimates.

5.2 Revised Report
Revise the draft report based on comments from the RTC, NDOT, the City of Reno, and Washoe County.  Present revised report to TAC, CMAC and the public.

5.3 Final Report
Incorporate comments from TAC and CMAC members and the public and produce the Final Report.

Deliverables

  1. Meeting materials and displays for public, stakeholder, and RTC TAC/CMAC/Board meetings
  2. Provide an electronic copy of draft report to the RTC for review and distribution.
  3. Provide five printed copies of the final report and an electronic copy.

Project Milestones

  • Project coordination meeting with RTC, NDOT, the City of Reno, and Washoe County – Month 1
  • Project TAC Kickoff Meeting – Month 2
  • Public Information/Workshop Meeting #1 – Month 4
  • Public Information/Workshop Meeting #2 – Month 7
  • Draft Report – Month 10
  • Revised Report – Month 11
  • Final Report – Month 12