December 11, 2018

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County invites the community to the grand opening event for the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit project and the debut of a new RAPID service, the RTC RAPID Lincoln Line, on December 14, 2018 at 11 a.m. The celebration will be held at RTC’s new RAPID transit stations near the intersection of Prater Way and El Rancho Drive.

RTC is launching the new RAPID Lincoln Line service on the corridor with four all-electric buses. The new service honors the corridor’s rich history with historic images on the buses exteriors and at the eight new stations along the RAPID route celebrating the historic Lincoln Highway. To celebrate the launch of the RAPID Lincoln Line Service, the RTC will be offering free rides along this route starting Friday, December 14, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

The event will also recognize RTC’s 40 years of providing transit service and 30 years of providing paratransit service to our community, as well as the addition of 17 new electric buses to RTC’s transit fleet.

Event Road Closure:

For event safety, Prater Way will be closed to through traffic from El Rancho Drive to 22nd Street from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Traffic will be detoured to Victorian Avenue. Access to area businesses and residences will be maintained during the closure.

Event Parking:

Event parking will be available at the Rail City parking lot, located at 2121 Victorian Avenue, and at the marked event parking lot on Prater Way between 21st and 22nd Streets, directly across the street from Asia Market.

About the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project:

The RTC began construction on the 4th Street/Prater Way Corridor in January 2017. The $58-million investment in our community funded with federal and local funds, will better connect Downtown Reno to Downtown Sparks and provide access to jobs and education opportunities.

The project has revitalized and transformed the corridor, adding wider sidewalks, bike lanes, landscaping, and energy-efficient LED lighting. The RTC also moved utilities underground, removing poles and barriers for people with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act. The final components of the project are the new RAPID Lincoln Line electric buses and RAPID stations that will begin service along the corridor on December 14.