August 14, 2018

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) and Midtown businesses invite the community to a Transforming Virginia Street Construction Kick-off Block Party on Thursday, August 23 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 800 S. Virginia Street (parking lot next to Midtown Eats) to mark the start of the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project.

The event will be a pre-playa celebration with a construction photo booth, an art car and DJ. There will be free food, non-alcoholic beverages and giveaways. Attendees can sign up for Virginia Street project updates at the event for an opportunity to receive two Burning Man tickets and playa accessories.

There will be an opportunity for people to share their ideas with the City of Reno for potential public art in the corridor.

Attendees will be able to meet the project team, learn about the project and upcoming construction activities, and new ways to get to Midtown.

Construction on the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. The $80-million investment in our community will create connectivity between Midtown Reno and the University of Nevada, Reno, and will support economic development, enhance safety, and improve livability in the corridor. The project addresses critical transportation needs including improving transit connectivity, efficiency, and timeliness through connecting RAPID to the University, improving safety for all modes, correcting ADA sidewalk deficiencies, improving traffic operations and beautifying the corridor. The project is funded with fuel tax, federal and private funds.