April 29, 2022

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Reno/Sparks urbanized area, pursuant to federal law (23 USC 134), hereby provides the residents of this metropolitan area an opportunity to review and comment on Amendment No. 2 to the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021-2025 Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP).

The FFY 2021-2025 RTIP is a five-year program of major state highway, regional road, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects for Washoe County.  The RTIP represents a prioritized program directed at meeting Washoe County’s growing transportation needs while improving the region’s air quality, transportation efficiency, safety and mobility.  The RTIP is required by federal regulation and serves as a useful tool in planning and programming transportation system improvements.

Amendment No. 2 is required to add several new projects and to incorporate scheduling and other minor funding updates to some existing projects already included in the RTIP. New projects include those which recently received funding through Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Alternatives (TA) program. Additional new projects include the design for multimodal improvements on N. Virginia Street from McCarran Boulevard to US 395; the design for improvements to the intersection of Pyramid Way and Sparks Boulevard; preliminary design and environmental analysis for a project to replace the Sierra Street bridge; and the purchase of two hydrogen fuel cell electric buses and construction of associated infrastructure. Existing RTC project changes include the addition of funding sources and amount for the trip reduction program and the Ed-Pass program, and a change to the amount of funding for each phase of implementation of the Virginia Street at Peppermill northbound bus rapid transit station. Lastly, the amendment follows a request for updates and subsequent input from the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) on projects within the Reno/Sparks urbanized area.

An air quality analysis for the proposed amendment was not required as the added and amended projects are exempt from transportation conformity requirements.

Copies of Amendment No. 2 to the FFY 2021-2025 RTIP are available for viewing and comment on the RTC website (https://www.rtcwashoe.com/mpo-projects/rtip-stip/) starting on Friday, April 29, 2022, and ending on Thursday, May 19, 2022.  A public hearing will be held by the RTC Board on Friday, May 20, 2022, following the public comment period.  Any comments received will be forwarded to the RTC Board.

Interested parties can send comments on the proposed amendment during the public review period to the following address by mail, telephone, facsimile, or electronically:

RTC Planning Offices
1105 Terminal Way, Suite 211, Reno, NV 89502
775.348.0450 FAX