March 10, 2020

UPDATE March 16, 2020:

The RTC continues to operate our transit services for people who rely on public transit to access employment and essential resources. Heightened awareness of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) may increase service delays, and we apologize for any inconvenience. The RTC is making adjustments as needed to continue serving our customers. The RTC free transit on St. Patrick’s Day, March, 17, 2020 from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. is scheduled as planned. However, the RTC encourages the community to follow the recommendations of the Washoe County Health District, local and state leaders, and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Even though transit service is still available, current recommendations urge everyone to apply social distancing and proper hand-washing etiquette. Individuals who are sick or with underlying medical conditions are encouraged to stay home and contact medical professionals for directions to stay safe and receive medical care. The health and safety of our employees, transit riders, and their families is our first priority.

To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the RTC disinfects buses daily to minimize the spread of germs. The RTC has increased the frequency of disinfection and sanitization efforts at transit centers with emphasis on cleaning high-touch areas in public areas. The RTC has installed hand sanitizer-dispensing stations at RTC 4TH STREET STATION, RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA and RTC administrative offices.

To remind everyone of the precautions to take, wash and sanitize hands often, and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Cover coughs and sneezes. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately sanitize hands for at least 20 seconds. We encourage everyone to share these preventive measures with one another to minimize the risk of exposure and infection.

The RTC will continue to monitor and implement safety protocols and recommendations from the Washoe County Health District, the CDC, and local and state leaders to ensure the safety and well being of our employees, our customers, and the general public.

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ORIGINAL INFORMATION, March 10, 2020:

The RTC is marking 17 years of providing a safe transportation choice to help people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day responsibly with the FREE Safe RIDE program. Scheduled RTC transit services will be free on Tuesday, March 17 from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The goal of providing this free service is to keep our roads and crosswalks safe for everyone on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. The RTC encourages people to celebrate safely and responsibly by not being impaired and getting behind the wheel or crossing streets.

“Whether you’re out celebrating, going to work, or you want to try our transit service for the first time, we welcome you on our buses,” said RTC Interim Executive Director Amy Cummings. “We don’t want cost to be a barrier for anyone trying to get home safely on St. Patrick’s Day, and we are proud to offer this free service to everyone, with support from our community partners.”

Keep in mind, not all locations are served by transit, so the RTC recommends passengers check route and schedule information at rtcwashoe.com to plan a trip.

The RTC supports Vision Zero Truckee Meadows’ goal of zero pedestrian fatalities in our community by 2030. Make safe, smart choices. Celebrate responsibly and Don’t Kill A Dream.

The RTC would not be able to provide this free service to our community without the support of our contributing sponsors, including Atkins, CA Group, Inc., HDR, RSCVA, NCE and Sierra Nevada Construction. LAMAR Advertising, KOLO 8 News Now and Cumulus radio stations including News Talk 780 KOH, 95.5 The Vibe, Wild 102.9 and K-Bull 98.1, are partnering with the RTC to help promote and provide this free service to our community.