The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) will hold a re-dedication ceremony on Friday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. for its maintenance facility, located on Villanova Drive in Reno. It will be re-dedicated to honor former RTC Executive Director Jerry L. Hall.
The Jerry L. Hall Regional Transit Operations and Maintenance Center was recently renovated to accommodate the needs of RTC’s modern fleet. It has new maintenance bays, raised doors and expanded bus storage capable of accommodating double decker buses. It also has the capability of lifting the 60-foot RTC RAPID articulated buses on both lifts. The building has improved LED lighting throughout, which will make the repair and maintenance of buses more efficient and safer.
To accommodate the improvements, the existing board room and executive offices had to be demolished. All remaining RTC employees were relocated to the RTC Administrative offices, located at 1105 Terminal Way in Reno.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County was created by the State of Nevada in 1979 under the leadership of Jerry L. Hall, the RTC’s first executive director. The new RTC was a consolidation of the Regional Street and Highway Commission, the Regional Transit Commission, and the Washoe County Area Transportation Study Policy Committee. In December of 1992, the Villanova Facility was designated as the Jerry L. Hall Regional Transportation Center in recognition of his 18 years of vision, leadership and exemplary achievement as Executive Director of the RTC. Mr. Hall retired on January 8, 1993.
The renovations the RTC has made at this facility added capacity for the bus fleet and have paved the way for the RTC to make the fleet more modern and more electric. That serves transit riders, but it also serves the whole community as electric buses have zero emissions, which contributes to better air quality throughout the Truckee Meadows.
When the facility was first built in 1983, it was not envisioned that buses would become fully electric and taller, so the RTC had to make some changes. Electric and diesel bus maintenance is now faster, safer and easier thanks to the $15-million renovation investment.