June 29, 2020

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County is reminding the community that, per Governor Sisolak’s Directive, masks are required when riding RTC transit. This applies to RTC RIDE buses, Regional Connector and FlexRIDE service, and RTC ACCESS paratransit service. Per the Governor’s Directive, masks are required when on public transportation in the State of Nevada.

“The health and safety of transit passengers and contracted transit drivers are the RTC’s top priorities,” said RTC Executive Director Bill Thomas. “We want people to know they can ride safely with RTC. To date, there have been no COVID-19 cases reported among transit passengers or transit drivers.”

Transit riders may use their personal face covering or request a free one from RTC customer service at 4TH STREET STATION in Downtown Reno, or CENTENNIAL PLAZA in Sparks. ACCESS drivers have masks available on board for transit passengers, and RTC RIDE contractor Keolis has ordered face-covering dispensers to install on buses. The RTC is also adhering to exceptions, as outlined in the Governor’s Directive.

The RTC thanks the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Transit Administration (in coordination with the FTA Region 9 Office), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for their delivery of 1,500 masks for contracted transit employees and 6,000 masks for transit passengers. It is because of this delivery that the RTC is able to offer complimentary masks for transit passengers.

Contracted transit drivers working for Keolis and MTM are also required to comply with the Governor’s mask-wearing directive. For the safety of the community, drivers who do not comply will be sent home.

Increased transit vehicle sanitization remains in place and the RTC is working towards installing hand-sanitizing stations on each bus. The RTC encourages passengers to practice social distancing.

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The RTC will continue to monitor and implement safety protocols and recommendations as directed by Governor Sislolak, public health authorities, and local leaders to ensure the safety and well being of our employees, our transit and construction contractors, our customers and our community. This situation is fluid and is subject to change, as needed. Go to rtcwashoe.com and follow RTC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.