On Friday, June 15, 2018, the RTC received notification the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based on their review of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project. The FONSI document outlines the determinations and findings of the environmental analysis in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The document includes information about the selection of the preferred alternative, analysis of a range of environmental topics, and the response to comments, among other areas of review.
The Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project will enhance all modes of transportation with improved RAPID bus services extended to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). This service will better link the UNR campus to Downtown Reno and to Midtown Reno, as well as enhance safety and mobility for everyone. The project will create an improved experience for people by adding bike lanes near UNR, planting trees along the corridor, and constructing wider sidewalks that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The project represents an $80-million investment for the region.
The approved EA/FONSI document and supporting documentation is now available for viewing. Copies of the EA/FONSI document are available for public viewing at the RTC Engineering Department at 1105 Terminal Way, Suite 108, Reno, NV 89502, the Washoe County Downtown Library at 301 S. Center Street, Reno, NV 89501, Reno City Clerk’s Office at 1 E. 1st Street, Reno, NV 89501 (second floor) and at rtcwashoe.com and virginiastreetrapidextension.com.
With the issuance of the FONSI, the RTC will proceed to further engineering and design, and begin utility relocations, right-of-way acquisitions, and roadway and transit improvements.
“We appreciate the FTA’s decision to issue the FONSI to move this project forward. This project represents a substantial improvement of the transit options, pedestrian facilities, and urban environment for Virginia Street.” said RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson. “I am confident the RTC will receive the federal funding appropriated to deliver this significant project in the region.”