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March 2018

RTC Commissioners, Below you will find your
March 2018 RTC Board Update eNews.
This electronic newsletter is distributed
monthly following your board meeting.
The February 2018 4th Street Prater Way flyover
highlights construction progress to date.

4th Street/Prater Way
Bus RAPID Transit Project Update


The 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project is currently about 72% complete. The project is expected to be finished by fall of 2018, weather permitting.

Over the past month, crews have made progress on the project's dry utilities, including installing traffic signal conduit, traffic signal foundations and running electrical conduit for future Bus RAPID Transit stops. Storm drain work continues in Reno on 4th Street between Sage Street and Evans Avenue.

In April, workers will continue to focus on the 4th Street portion of the project in Reno, including continuing storm drain work, placing curb, gutter and sidewalk, adding street light conduit and installing traffic signals. While most of the Prater Way portion of the project is complete in Sparks, crews will wrap up work on the median island between the on- and off-ramps of I-80, finish preparation work for paving on side streets, and continue work on the project's future Bus RAPID Transit stops at 15th Street and El Rancho.

The RTC appreciates everyone's patience throughout the construction process. Businesses are open and accessible during construction and the RTC encourages everyone to continue patronizing businesses located in construction zones. We urge everyone to be safe and cautious in and around construction zones for everyone's safety.

For more information, text 4PRATER to 797979 or visit 4thPrater.com to sign up for email notifications.
Learn More at 4thPrater.com
The March 2018 SouthEast Connector flyover video
highlights construction progress to date.

SouthEast Connector Project Update
 

Construction crews continue to make progress on the SouthEast Connector, which is in the homestretch and expected to be complete in summer of 2018.

Crews are currently working to construct the future Mira Loma Drive/Veterans Parkway intersection. Due to intersection construction, Mira Loma Drive is closed at the construction limits of the future intersection for about seven weeks. The closure started on March 24. All traffic, including bicyclists and pedestrians looking to go into and out of Hidden Valley, are being detoured to Pembroke Drive.

In addition to finishing construction on the Mira Loma Drive intersection, crews are waiting for warmer temperatures to finish work on the Huffaker Bridge. 
Work is anticipated to begin on the bridge again in early spring and be completed by mid-May. 

The final step to complete the SouthEast Connector will be paving and striping operations. This type of construction work is warm-weather dependent and will take place this summer.

The RTC is looking forward to hosting a grand opening for the community. More details will be available as the opening gets closer.
Learn More at SouthEastConnector.com
RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson participates in the United States Senate Banking Committee Roundtable in Washington, D.C., on March 20, 2018
on the role of public transportation in the nation's infrastructure.

RTC Approves 2018 Federal Priorities

 
RTC staff members recently traveled to Washington, D.C. with The Chamber's delegation of business members, to discuss our federal priorities with congressional leaders, their staff, and White House administration officials. The RTC addressed federal funding needs and highlighted how our region's growth impacts the need for local transportation projects.

The booklet below outlines the RTC's 2018 federal transportation priorities, including:
  • Transit priorities: Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project, RTC Alternative Fuels program, RTC bus maintenance facility, and research and innovation in the development of autonomous transit vehicles.
  • Highway priorities: Spaghetti Bowl improvements, US 395 widening, I-80 improvements, and Pyramid Highway/US 395 Connector.
  • Policy priorities: Fully fund the Highway Trust Fund and Mass Transit Account, fully fund the Capital Investment Grant Program, environmental streamlining, streamlining Buy America requirements for utilities, restoring advance refunding tax destructibility, restoring the alternative fuels excise tax credits, and supporting public-private partnerships.
 
Learn more about the RTC's federal transportation priorities by reading this booklet.

RTC Presents to Leadership Reno-Sparks

 
The RTC recently presented information about transportation planning, engineering, public transportation and how to engage with the RTC to The Chamber's 2018 Leadership Reno-Sparks class.

The leadership program is administered by the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce. Participants are engaged in a 9-month program that focuses on communication, developmental organization, and community participation. 

The RTC appreciates the opportunity to provide our community's emerging leaders with an overview of what we do, and how we deliver transportation projects in the Truckee Meadows.

If you're interested in having RTC present to your organization or business, contact Michael Moreno, RTC Public Affairs Manager at mmoreno@rtcwashoe.com.
Learn more about our RTC's presentation by reading this PowerPoint.

Don't Drive Arrive!
RIDE Free on Earth Day


Sustainability is one of RTC's guiding principles, as is increasing ridership on our public transportation system. This year on Earth Day, which is on Sunday, April 22, the RTC will be providing FREE rides on all transit services all day. Taking public transportation instead of driving a car helps the earth and our air quality in the region by reducing both the number of vehicles on the road and fuel emissions. Additionally, park-and-ride locations will be available during the event to help reduce vehicle traffic and congestion into the event. These locations will be announced prior to the event and posted at RenoEarthDay.org.

There are a variety of benefits to taking public transportation. For example, if you take a bus, you help reduce greenhouse gas emissions into our environment, which helps promote better air quality here in the Truckee Meadows. In addition, public transportation can ease traffic, and save energy and fuel.

The RTC is committed to improving sustainability across the agency and throughout our community. Since 2010 the RTC has reduced total facility energy use by 25%, reduced the criteria air pollutants per passenger trip by 13.1%, and increased our recycling rate to approximately 33%. In July 2017, the RTC Board formally adopted its award-winning RTC Sustainability Plan as the guiding document on the future of sustainability for the agency. This plan identifies the existing transportation and operational sustainability measures undertaken by the RTC and establishes goals to continue to reduce fuel consumption, improve air quality, and further minimize the carbon footprint of RTC operational activities.

Join us on Earth Day at Idlewild Park in Reno for the annual Reno Earth Day event. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit RenoEarthDay.org.
Learn More at RenoEarthDay.org
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is making the I-80 connection
in and out of west Reno safer and smoother.

NDOT Plans I-80 Improvements

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is taking steps to prevent wrong-way drivers from causing crashes. NDOT currently places “Wrong Way” signs on all interstate ramps to notify drivers errantly entering in the wrong direction. Additional flashing warning signals and detection systems will be added to I-80 ramps west of Reno as a highly visible and additional indication to help stop drivers from entering the wrong way, ultimately enhancing freeway safety.

NDOT also plans to resurface and enhance part of I-80 to provide a safer and smoother drive for the as many as 80,000 drivers who travel the interstate daily. Beginning in late spring, NDOT plans to resurface both directions of I-80 between Keystone Avenue in Reno and the Nevada-California border. Approximately four inches of the roadway surface will be removed and repaved on more than 12 miles of interstate. The wrong-way driver detection system will be added as part of the project.

Merge lanes will also be lengthened from West Fourth Street to westbound I-80 near Mogul and the Gold Ranch/Third Street exit to eastbound I-80, as well as select other exits. Several roadside shoulders will be widened and roadside barrier rail improvements made as well. As part of NDOT’s dedication to preserving the quality of stormwater crossing state roadways, roadside drainage, and water-treatment features will be enhanced.

Construction will continue on westbound I-80 this summer and fall, followed by construction on the eastbound interstate throughout summer and fall 2019. Motorists should anticipate single-lane closures predominantly during weekday overnight hours. Traffic delays are anticipated to average approximately 10 minutes or less through the work zone. Short-term overnight interstate ramp closures will also take place.

NDOT is currently hosting meetings to receive public input about the I-11 Northern Nevada Alternatives Analysis. The goal of this Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) process is to advance the congressionally designated I-11 corridor of US 95 between Las Vegas and I-80, as identified in the I-11 Intermountain West Corridor Study, by considering a range of potential corridors. The result will be a smaller range of potential corridors to be analyzed under future environmental study processes. This will help NDOT to strategically plan how to best advance this important transportation investment over time and inform future action by both NDOT and federal land agencies. Upcoming meetings include a March 28 meeting in Reno/Sparks at the Grand Sierra Resort from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. and a March 29 meeting at NDOT Headquarters in Carson City from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. The March 29 meeting will also be video-streamed to Winnemucca, Elko and Las Vegas. For details, visit NDOT's website

 

Learn More at NevadaDOT.com
RTC Project Manager Scott Gibson receives the 2018 Engineer of the Year Award
from ASCE President Dan Stucky. 

RTC's Scott Gibson is Engineer of the Year

 
RTC Project Manager Scott Gibson received the Engineer of the Year award from the American Society of Civil Engineers - Truckee Meadows Branch on March 8. The award is earned by an individual who exhibits outstanding achievement in civil engineering.

Scott has more than 40 years of transportation-engineering experience and is an expert in pavement engineering and pavement management.  As a project manager at the RTC for the past 10 years, he has been responsible for managing the pavement preservation program for the region. His collaborative and open approach with the public, NDOT, FHWA, City of Reno, City of Sparks, and Washoe County, achieves success of high-performing regional roads in the County. Scott’s responsiveness and partnership with diverse groups on our corridor studies and complete streets initiatives demonstrates an openness and transparency that builds public trust.

Scott also successfully managed the Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Improvement Project using his expertise. The $72 million project was completed in November 2017 and commuters are already benefiting from the investment with fewer delays and a safer intersection.  

Scott has a strong philosophy of creating projects that meet the objectives of sound engineering and building neighborhoods. His goal to keep everyone involved results in quality transportation projects that benefit all users.  

Please join me in congratulating Scott on his well-deserved recognition.
RTC's new Proterra electric buses are coming to a stop near you soon!

RTC Adds Electric Buses to its Fleet

 
The RTC is adding 17 new electric buses to its fleet in 2018 and they're already beginning to arrive. Four new Proterra electric buses have arrived and 13 more are set to arrive by July. The buses are 40 feet long and have a 180+ mile range before they need to be recharged.

The RTC introduced electric buses in the region in 2014. We are expanding our electric bus program with this procurement of new electric buses and charging systems. Electric buses provide fuel-economy improvements, savings on fuel and maintenance costs, and provide a more comfortable and quieter ride for passengers. This represents an investment of $16.1 million dollars in our public transportation systems and is made possible with federal funding specifically for capital-improvement projects.

Come see one of our new electric buses on April 20, 2018, at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. For location details, visit rtcwashoe.com/meetings or check our Facebook page.

Upcoming Events and Meetings

April 4

RTC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
RTC Citizens Multimodal Advisory Committee (CMAC)


 
 
April 5

RTC Board Meeting (9 a.m. at 1001 E. Ninth St., Bldg. A, in Reno)
Rescheduled from March

 
 
April 20

RTC Board Budget Retreat (Location to be announced)
 
April 22

Earth Day: Free Rides on all RTC transit services
 
April 28

RTC at Kids on Big Rigs
(2272 Larkin Circle in Sparks from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
 
Please contact Michael Moreno or me with any questions you may have.
Michael can be reached at (775) 335-1869 or email at mmoreno@rtcwashoe.com
Archived editions are available at: rtcwashoe.com.

Lee G. Gibson, AICP, Executive Director
Ph: (775) 348-0400 Fax: (775) 324-3503
E-mail: lgibson@rtcwashoe.com
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