September 6, 2018

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County is reminding drivers that parking is available in Midtown during construction of the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project.

In addition to the marked parking lot behind the Ponderosa Hotel with 36 spaces, there are 85 additional marked, angled parking spaces throughout the construction zone. Temporary parking spaces in the construction zone are on South Virginia Street between Thoma Street and Moran Street, between Vassar Street and Arroyo Street, and between Pueblo Street and Mt. Rose Street. Check signage for access from the southbound traffic lane. Temporary parking locations may change as construction progresses.

There are more ways to get to Midtown than just on Virginia Street. As part of the project, South Virginia Street from Liberty Street to Plumb Lane is open to southbound traffic only. Northbound traffic detour on South Virginia starting at Wells Avenue to Vassar Street to Holcomb Avenue or Center Street. Northbound traffic can also detour to Mt. Rose Street to Plumas Street. Side streets along Virginia Street in Midtown provide access to all businesses.

About the project:

This more than $80-million investment in our community will create connectivity between Midtown Reno and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and will support economic development, enhance safety, and improve livability in the corridor.

The project addresses critical transportation needs including improving transit operations by extending the Virginia Line RAPID transit service to UNR, correcting ADA sidewalk deficiencies, improving traffic operations and beautifying the corridor. Up to 300 trees will be added to the corridor as part of the project.

The project is funded with fuel tax revenue, federal and private funds.

More information:
For more information on the project, transit stops, construction operations, business-support opportunities and more, please visit, text Virginia to 797979, or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.