January 16, 2020

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County strongly supports the bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and U.S Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) to make federal financial support available for pedestrian and bicycle safety initiatives to include high school students in the Safe Routes to School Act (SRTS).

The current SRTS program provides funding for students in elementary and middle schools. The Safe Routes to All Schools Act would expand funding to include high school students. SRTS is a program that promotes safe walking and biking to school through infrastructure improvements, enforcement, tools, safety education, and incentives that encourage students to walk and bike.

The RTC recognized the void that excluded high school students and sought to address the issues with congressional members and staff. The RTC very much appreciates this initiative that will help high schools in Washoe County, throughout the state of Nevada and across the country.

“This will be important legislation which will extend resources to high school students through the Safe Routes to All Schools Act. During the past year, 12 high school students have been involved in pedestrian crashes in Washoe County. One high school student was killed in October 2019 and another in 2018. We strongly support Senator Cortez Masto efforts to provide bipartisan pedestrian safety education across all grade levels, including high school,” said Amy Cummings, RTC Interim Executive Director.

The RTC applauds Senator Cortez Masto’s leadership and efforts to make our community a safer place for our children and everyone in the Truckee Meadows.