June 7, 2018

The RTC Board will hold a Public Hearing on June 15, 2018 at 9:05 a.m. PDT for the purpose of receiving public testimony and comment on the proposed RTC ACCESS service modifications to be implemented on September 8, 2018.  Following the Public Hearing, the Board will be asked to take action to adopt all or part of these changes noted below.  The Board meeting on June 15, 2018 will be held at the Washoe County Commission Chambers, located at 1001 E 9th St., Building A, Reno, NV 89512.

The RTC Board adopted the 2018 – 2022 Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) at the March 2017 Board meeting.  RTC is requesting the Board adopt the recommendations listed below, which would complete the ACCESS recommendations contained in the SRTP.  These recommendations are designed to bring ACCESS within the constraints of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines.  Additionally, to help maintain the operating cost of providing ACCESS service to the community.  The following are the proposed service changes to be considered for adoption:

  •   Align ACCESS service hours with the service hours of the RIDE service – ADA requires transit agencies providing fixed-route service to provide complementary paratransit service, which includes matching the time-of-day for each fixed-route operated within the three-quarters of a mile of that route, for example: Route 1 operates 24 hours per day, therefore ACCESS within that corridor would operate 24 hours per day versus Route 19 which operates only 12 hours per day, ACCESS would only provide service during that same 12-hour period;
  • Discontinue RTC ACCESS “non-ADA” Service – ADA requires transit agencies providing fixed-route service to provide complementary paratransit service within three-quarters of a mile of the fixed-route transit service (RIDE), currently ACCESS is providing service to a limited number of persons outside of the ADA required zone, RTC is seeking to discontinue this service.

These recommended service changes were vetted by more than two-hundred riders and residents who attended two open house events in February and ten community events in February and March, where, generally, majority indicated they approved of these changes.  These recommended service changes are to enhance efficiencies and better serve the Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County communities.

Interested parties should appear and present written or oral comments at the Public Hearing.  Requests for auxiliary aids or services to assist individuals with disabilities should be made with as much advanced notice as possible.  For those requiring hearing or speech assistance, contact Relay Nevada at 1-800-326-6868 (TTY, VCO, or HCO); other requests should be directed to Denise Thompson at 775-348-0400.