August 21, 2019

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County is launching a new, temporary route that will connect Midtown Reno to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and Downtown Reno. The new route, called UNR-Midtown Direct, will start on Sunday, August 25.

To celebrate the launch of the new service, the RTC is offering FREE rides on the UNR-Midtown Direct through September 8, 2019. After the initial free-ride period, bus fare on the UNR-Midtown Direct will be the same as regular RTC RIDE services.

The UNR-Midtown Direct will take the place of the former RTC SIERRA SPIRIT. The route runs from Plumb Lane near Shoppers Square in the south, to 17th Street near UNR in the north. It runs mainly along Virginia Street, Sierra Street, Holcomb Avenue and Center Street.

The RTC anticipates the route will help even more people continue to visit Midtown during construction.

This route is a temporary route that is expected to last until early 2021, when the RTC plans to launch the extension of the RAPID Virginia Line service from Meadowood Mall through Midtown to UNR as part of the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project. Construction is expected to wrap up construction in late 2020.

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