July 31, 2018

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), is asking for public comments on its 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) amendments. Citizens of this metropolitan area have the opportunity to review and comment on Amendment No. 1 to the 2040 RTP and Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018-2022 RTIP

The RTP is one of the most important transportation documents of the region containing all regionally significant transportation programs and projects through 2040, including but not limited to, streets and highways, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and transportation system and demand management programs.  Any street and highway or transit project proposed to be built with federal funds must be consistent with the 2040 RTP.

This amendment proposes the following:

       Incorporating Phase 1 of the Nevada Department of Transportation’s (NDOT) Reno Spaghetti Bowl Improvement Project for the 2017-2021 timeframe. This project is currently being developed through an alternatives analysis and environmental review process.

       Extending the project limits of a proposed widening of Lemmon Drive between Fleetwood Drive and Arkansas Street further north to Chickadee Drive and also includes raising of the road base for flood-mitigation measures.

       A widening project for North Virginia Street between Stead Boulevard and Panther Drive.

       The extension of the Lincoln Line Bus RAPID Transit on West 4th Street to Keystone Avenue to the Unfunded Vision for Transit.

Other changes in the proposed amendment include shifts in the estimated implementation time for some projects and will eliminate some redundancies and inconsistencies on NDOT freeway projects now that more information has become available since the initial 2040 RTP adoption due to recent NDOT freeway studies.

The FFY 2018-2022 RTIP is a five-year plan of major state highway, regional road, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects for Washoe County. The RTIP represents a prioritized program directed at meeting Washoe County’s growing transportation needs while improving the region’s air quality, transportation efficiency, safety and mobility. The RTIP is required by federal regulation and serves as a useful tool in planning and programming transportation system improvements. 

Amendment No. 1 will add several projects, including some of those referenced above as a result of the 2040 RTP amendment, Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside Program projects approved by the RTC Board on May 21, 2018, and projects approved by the RTC Board on June 15, 2018, as part of the Coordinated Human Services Public Transit Plan (CTP) programmed with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 funds.

An air-quality analysis of the capacity projects for the RTP amendment was conducted to ensure Transportation Conformity with the region’s State Implementation Plan (SIP), as is required to maintain National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

Copies of Amendment No. 1 to the 2040 RTP and FFY 2018-2022 RTIP are available for viewing and comment during regular business hours at the RTC Planning Offices at 1105 Terminal Way, Suite 211, Reno and on the RTC website for a 21-day period starting on Friday, July 27, 2018, and ending on Thursday, August 16, 2018.  A public hearing will be held by the RTC Board following the public comment period.  Any comments received will be forwarded to the RTC Board. 

Citizens can send comments on these proposed documents during the 21-day review period to the following address by mail, telephone, facsimile, or electronically: 

RTC Planning Offices
1105 Terminal Way, Suite 211, Reno, NV 89502
775.348.0480
775.348.0450 FAX
ddoenges@rtcwashoe.com