May 20, 2020

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County is seeking community input as they begin to develop improvements to its transit service that could be implemented in September 2020. The RTC invites the community to learn more by viewing the above virtual video presentation. This online presentation will be in place of a physical meeting to comply with Governor Sisolak’s March 22 emergency directive on public meetings.

On the website, the community is able to watch a brief video presentation and provide comments by calling (775) 335-0019 or emailing mdulude@rtcwashoe.com. Comments will be accepted through June 12, 2020.

The RTC is proposing route and timing changes, including introducing more FlexRIDE microtransit services to improve transit access, passenger travel times and allow for more community-wide connectivity.

The RTC is considering the following service changes:

  • FlexRIDE: Implement two additional microtransit projects, known as FlexRIDE, in the Somersett and Spanish Springs areas. FlexRIDE allows passengers to request rides at their closest curbside location and get dropped off at another curbside location within the FlexRIDE service area. Rides can be requested on a smartphone using an app, or by calling RTC directly. Please refer to the virtual presentation for the FlexRIDE zone area details. These new FlexRIDE services will launch by November 2020.
  • Route 5: Extend route to provide access to Desert Skies Middle School/Washoe County Food Pantry. This extension may be implemented at the start of the Washoe County School District school year.
  • Route 18: Add three additional trips on weekdays at 7:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. and four additional trips on Sundays at 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. to fill in gaps of service.
  • Route 25: Discontinue and replace with Route 26.
  • Route 26: Reinstate Route 26, which will extend to Northern Nevada Medical Center. FlexRIDE will continue to service this area. The McCarran Blvd., East Lincoln, Howard loop would be eliminated.
  • All routes: Continuation of timetable adjustments to continue improving travel times and on-time performance.

The RTC continually analyzes its transit operations and performance data to maximize resources and improve efficiency to enhance quality customer service to riders. This analysis tracks ridership data and allocates buses and other resources to more-productive routes, improving efficiency and transit-system operations within financial constraints.

The RTC will present the proposed transit service changes and the public input received to the RTC Board on June 19, 2020. The RTC Board will then give direction and potential approval.