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RTC Commissioners,

Below, you will find your June 2016 RTC Board Update eNews. This electronic newsletter is distributed monthly. Please contact Michael Moreno or me with any questions you may have. Michael can be reached at (775) 335-1869 or email at  Archived editions are available at

Lee G. Gibson, AICP, Executive Director
Ph: (775) 348-0400 Fax: (775) 324-3503


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RTC Bus and Paratransit Conference and Roadeo
Watch the RTC's video inviting APTA members to the 2017 Bus & Paratransit Conference & International Bus Roadeo in Reno!

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) will bring transit providers and vendors together in Reno May 5-10, 2017, for the annual Bus & Paratransit Conference and International Bus Roadeo.  The RTC will be the host agency for the event that will be held at the Grand Sierra Resort.  The conference brings together public transportation professionals and transit vendors  from throughout the nation to share ideas, learn about new transit technologies and hear from US Dept. of Transportation officials.  The roadeo competition is an exciting event that transit coach operators participate in to test their driving skills  and mechanical expertise. 

APTA recently held the 2016 conference and roadeo in Charlotte, North Carolina with more than 700 attending. RTC staff attended this year’s conference to learn about  the planning and implementation  needed to prepare for the conference and roadeo activities.  The RTC of Washoe County staff also presented information during conference sessions on best transit practices, including results achieved for optimizing savings and environmental benefits pertaining to electric buses; sustainability initiatives and updates about our Bus RAPID Transit projects under development. 

We created a short video (click on the photo above) to promote the region and encourage APTA members and their families to join us in Reno in May 2017.  As a member of the APTA Board of Directors and chair of the Policy and Planning Committee, I am very proud and excited to host the 2017 conference and bus roadeo competition and have colleagues from across the nation visit Reno. Enjoy the video! 

A bus on Kings Row
The crosswalk at Keystone Avenue and King's Row is one of 202 improved or created in 2015.

As detailed in the 2015 Annual Report received by the RTC Board of Commissioners last month, the RTC implemented many safety improvements last year.  During 2015, the RTC upgraded or installed 202 crosswalks in the region, created 27.1 miles of bike lanes and installed 10.4 miles of new sidewalks and paved paths.

Among significant projects completed in 2015 were the award-winning Southeast McCarran Boulevard widening project, multimodal enhancements on Keystone Avenue, sidewalk improvements on Harvard Way, and the reconstruction of Mayberry Drive.  Additionally, the second and final phase of the SouthEast Connector began with completion anticipated in late 2017. The SouthEast Connector was also honored with numerous awards including the American Public Works Association (APWA) Nevada Chapter Project of the Year for Transportation Projects more than $20 million.  Last year the region was also re-designated as "bike friendly" by the League of American Bicyclists.

During 2015, the RTC also underwent an extensive review by the USDOT Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration, resulting in commendations for the RTC’s extensive public outreach and community engagement.  Click here to view the 2015 Annual Report

Dump the Pump logo

The RTC is again joining with transit agencies across the country to encourage use of public and alternative transportation as part of the Dump the Pump movement!  The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) organizes this annual event to encourage everyone to travel in ways that create cleaner air, save money, reduce dependence on oil, and ease traffic congestion.

On June 16th, all RTC transit services will be FREE!  This event has typically been one of the RTC’s busiest transit days as people save money by sparing their vehicles from wear and tear and freeing themselves from unpredictable gas prices.  Dump the Pump is also a great opportunity for new riders to try out transit and experience a stress-free commute with time to text, work on their laptops, read or relax and enjoy the ride.

In addition to free transit on June 16th, everyone is encouraged to record their trips online through July 31st for a chance to win prizes!  The more green trips recorded, the better odds of winning.  Everyone who participates will also receive a complimentary thank you gift.  Prizes will be awarded for transit users, walkers, cyclists, and vanpool or carpool participants.  The website is  Once registered, individuals can record trips via their mobile device.

Panel at UNR
RTC Director of Planning Amy Cummings (left) is joined by UNR staff at the 2040 RTP Millennial Forum held at the University of Nevada, Reno on May 2.

The RTC held the first community planning workshop for the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) on June 2nd at The Discovery Museum.  Since February 2016, seven public forums have taken place leading up to the planning workshop.  The RTP is the region’s long-range transportation plan which is updated every four years with input from the community, local jurisdictions and government agencies.

The RTP helps guide transportation improvements in the region to improve safety, enhance livability, support the economy and accommodate growth. The forums and workshop are opportunities for RTC staff to gather input from the public including business & community leaders, seniors, veterans, youth and transit customers, about transit service, new and existing roads, pedestrian safety and bike amenities.  Projects such as the SouthEast Connector,  Virginia Street RAPID Extension project and the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit project are projects which were developed from the RTP planning process.  We'll soon announce the date of the second community planning workshop to be held in late July.

For information about the 2040 RTP click here to view documents.

Councilmember Smith on the Bus
The RTC partnered with City of Sparks staff on bus tours which served as mobile forums to help develop a new Master Plan.  RTC Vice Chair & Sparks Councilman Ron Smith explained plans to tour participants for a veterans memorial to be built at the northern terminus of the SouthEast Connector project.

The RTC is working with the City of Sparks Planning Department as the Rail City prepares to update its Master Plan.  The new planning effort, branded Ignite Sparks, has been very successful with approximately 1,500 online surveys completed by Sparks residents.  The RTC recently joined the City of Sparks and community representatives on several bus tours of Sparks where discussions helped gain additional insights and comments to help develop the plan.  Sparks is projected to have a population of 133,600 by 2030, compared with about 95,000 residents today.  Planning for growth and future transportation needs are key elements of the plan.  To participate in the online survey, go to:

Neoma Jardon on a bus holding donations
Partners for Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors, including RTC Board Chair Neoma Jardon (right) and Reno Aces President Eric Edelstein (3rd from left), display donated items on a zero-emissions Proterra electric bus.

Celebrating May Older Americans Month, the RTC partnered with the City of Reno, Washoe County and the Reno Aces Ball Club to fill a bus with needed items for seniors.  Held twice annually, this donation drive collects items for seniors in the community including cleaning supplies, gift cards, hygiene products, adult diapers, and oscillating fans.  The donation drive began May 9th with sponsoring businesses throughout Reno collecting items at their place of business and culminated with the Stuff-A-Bus event at Greater Nevada Field on May 31st.  

This May’s drive was a tremendous success with 29 barrels of items collected including a $1,000 donation from Proterra Inc., who is the manufacturer of the RTC’s state-of-the-art all-electric buses.  The next Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors event will take place in November.  To become a sponsoring business for the November Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors event, contact Barbara DiCianno, City of Reno community liaison at  The program was initiated by RTC Board Chair and Reno Councilwoman Neoma Jardon in May 2014 to help seniors in our community.

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