November 10, 2020

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County has reopened Virginia Street near the University of Nevada, Reno, to two-way traffic. This is a major milestone on the way to project completion, which is anticipated in early December.

Even though the roadway has reopened, there is still construction work taking place. Construction crews will still be putting the finishing touches on the roundabout monument and some transit stations near the University through early December.

Highlights of the project near the University of Nevada, Reno, include:

  • RAPID Bus Stations on both sides of Virginia Street (five total)
  • Sidewalk improvements (along Virginia Street between Maple Street and the University’s West Stadium Parking Complex entrance)
  • A roundabout on Virginia Street at the entrance to the University’s West Stadium Parking Complex to improve safety and traffic flow
  • Restriping of the roadway from two lanes of traffic in each direction to one traffic lane and one shared bus/bicycle lane for both northbound and southbound traffic flow

How to Navigate a Roundabout:

The Virginia Street Project includes two new roundabouts, one in Midtown at the intersection of Virginia Street/Center Street/ Mary Street, and one at the University of Nevada, Reno, near the University’s West Stadium Parking Complex. Roundabouts provide for safer and more efficient travel for commuters and pedestrians. Studies indicate that roundabouts reduce vehicle collisions by 39% and the severity of injury-producing accidents by 76%. Roundabouts also improve traffic flow when replacing stop signs or traffic signals at intersections by as much as 75%. This safety video, created by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the Nevada Office of Public Safety, provides good information to drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

About the Virginia Street Project:

The Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project improves safety and provides better access, enhanced transit service and improved mobility for everyone. This includes extending the RAPID Virginia Line from Midtown to the University of Nevada, Reno. The project represents an approximately $90-million investment in our community.

The project is funded with fuel tax revenue, sales tax revenue, and federal funds.

More information:
For more information about the project, construction operations, business-support opportunities and more, please visit, text Virginia to 797979, or join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram using #VirginiaStreetProject.