June 26, 2019

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County invites the community to celebrate the start of construction of phase two of the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project. The RTC will hold an event on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. at South Virginia Plaza, located at 1501 S. Virginia Street in Reno (Sports West Retail Center) to celebrate the transformation of Virginia Street.

Event speakers include:
• U.S. Congressman Mark Amodei
• State Assemblywoman Sarah Peters
• RTC Board Chair and Washoe County Commission Vice Chair Bob Lucey
• RTC Vice Chair and Reno Councilwoman Neoma Jardon
• RTC Commissioner and Reno Councilman Oscar Delgado
• UNR Executive Director of External Relations Heidi Gansert

During phase two of construction, the community will start to see the corridor transform, including new, wide sidewalks, landscaping, new street lighting, new and updated transit stations, two new roundabouts and significant safety improvements.

About the Virginia Street Project:

The Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project will improve safety in the corridor and provide better access, enhanced transit service and mobility for everyone. This includes extending the RAPID Virginia Line from Midtown to UNR and installing new bus RAPID transit stations in Midtown and at UNR. The project represents a more-than-$87 million investment in the region.

The work plan includes beginning construction on Virginia Street at Mt. Rose Street and working south to Plumb Lane. Crews will also work on nine side streets throughout the corridor. Construction operations will occur on one side of Virginia Street, in segments (east or west) and then switch. Construction on Tahoe St., St. Lawrence Ave., Moran St., E. Taylor St., Martin St. and Caliente St. will take place between June and September 2019. Construction on Stewart St., Cheney St., and Arroyo St. will take place between August and October 2019. No two consecutive side streets will be closed at the same time.

Construction at the northern section of the project by the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) will begin in spring 2020.

The RTC’s project team will working Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. expedite construction operations. Completion of the entire project is expected to wrap up in winter of 2020, weather permitting.

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

More information:

For more information on the project, construction operations, business-support opportunities and more, please visit VirginiaStreetProject.com, text Virginia to 797979, or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.