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RTC Commissioners,

Below, you will find your July 2016 RTC Board Update e-News. This electronic newsletter will be distributed monthly following your Board meeting. 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.

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

E-mail: lgibson@rtcwashoe.com

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Commissioners view a map during the June Board meeting
RTC Commissioners Marsha Berkbigler and Bob Lucey are viewing 2040 RTP maps with ideas suggested by members of the public at the June 17th RTC Board meeting.
2040 RTP COMMUNITY PLANNING WORKSHOP ON AUGUST 4

The RTC is inviting the public to share comments and learn more about projects being considered in the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) to improve transportation in the Truckee Meadows.  Through seven community forums, a planning workshop and other public events, the community has submitted many ideas for incorporation into the long-range plan for the region, which is currently being developed.  Some of these ideas include: new roadways to relieve congestion and support economic development, complete street projects that enhance bike lanes and sidewalks, more transit service, commuter rail service, and more transportation options for commuters going between Washoe and Storey Counties.

The public is encouraged to attend and participate in the Community Planning Workshop to provide input on the 2040 RTP transportation projects.  The workshop will be held on August 4th from 5 pm to 7 pm at The Nugget (Bonanza Rooms A & B).  There will be a presentation at 5:30 pm.  As we move forward to adopt the 2040 RTP in the coming months, community input is needed to create our vision for transportation in the region.  To learn more about the 2040 RTP, click on HOT TOPICS at http://www.rtcwashoe.com.

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Residents of the North Valleys provided comments as they viewed displays featuring short- and long-term improvements being considered.
NORTH VALLEYS MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION STUDY

Residents provided input on short-term and potential long-term improvements for enhancing safety and mobility in the North Valleys at a workshop held June 30th.  Among the short-term ideas being planned for this fall are improved crossings near Stead Elementary and O’Brien Middle schools; installation of pedestrian activated rectangular rapid flashing beacons at Silver Lake Road, Lemmon Drive/Surge Street and Sky Vista Parkway; and traffic operations improvement at North Virginia Street/Golden Valley Road and Stead Boulevard/Silver Lake Road.  Long-term improvements (10-year timeframe) being considered include major interchange improvements and lane widenings at Red Rock Road, Moya Boulevard, Military Road and Lemmon Drive and Buck Drive and North Virginia Street; additionally an extension of Eagle Canyon Drive from Spanish Springs to the North Valleys and US 395 was also proposed by residents.

Representatives from the City of Reno were also in attendance to answer questions and receive input about future development as well as NDOT staff to provide an update on the Reno-Sparks Freeway Study, which will identify ways to improve traffic flow and safety for everyone on US 395, I-80 and the Spaghetti Bowl.  For complete details on improvements being planned in the North Valleys, go to rtcwashoe.com and click on HOT TOPICS.

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RTC BOARD ADOPTS COMPLETE STREETS MASTER PLAN

The RTC Board adopted the Complete Streets Master Plan at its July 15th commission meeting, which was developed in coordination with the RTC Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan.  The Complete Streets Master Plan was created with extensive community input, and is a guide identifying where and what types of Complete Street improvements may take place throughout the region.  Complete Streets enhance safety and mobility for everyone.  All Complete Streets have different elements tailored to the needs of individual neighborhoods and communities. Examples of Complete Street improvements include: new bike lanes, wider sidewalks, enhanced pedestrian crossings with flashing lights and transit stops with new amenities.

Complete Street improvements have been shown to reduce crashes and the severity of crashes.  Complete Street projects already completed by the RTC have reduced crashes between 31 and 46 percent.  Some recent Complete Street projects are: Keystone Avenue, Victorian Avenue/Nichols Boulevard, Harvard Way, West Plumb Lane, SE McCarran Boulevard, and Sutro Street.

View the Complete Streets Master Plan

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FREE TRANSIT TO MIDTOWN ART WALK

Supporting economic development and revitalization in Reno's Midtown District with the Virginia Street RAPID Extension Project, the RTC is providing FREE rides on RAPID and Route 1 to the Midtown Art Walk on Thursday, July 28th.  Everyone may park for FREE at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center Parking Lot A and Meadowood Mall and ride transit FREE to and from the event.  Service will be free from 3 pm to 10 pm; the art walk will take place from 4 pm to 9 pm.

The RTC has been working closely with Midtown business owners, stakeholders and residents in the Midtown and UNR areas throughout project development and as the design for the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project moves forward.  In the Midtown area, this project will create new wider sidewalks, extend RAPID bus service to UNR, install new RAPID bus stations, landscaping and street amenities.  Project corridor designs will be on display during the art walk at Visionary (next to Junkee) and Living Stones Church parking lot (adjacent to the Bank of America building parking garage on Virginia Street).  The project is highly supportive of economic development and will create new spaces for everyone to connect to and enjoy Midtown's unique shops and artistic culture. Learn more at: http://virginiastreetrapidextension.com.

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250 Millionth RTC Transit Rider Christina Fisher (center) is joined (left to right) by Reno Aces' Archie, RTC Commissioner / Reno Councilman Paul McKenzie, Washoe County Commission Chair Kitty Jung, and RTC Chair / Reno Councilwoman Neoma Jardon.
RTC'S 250 MILLIONTH RIDER CELEBRATION!

On Monday, the RTC reached a major milestone celebrating 250 million rides taken on the region's public transit system!  This remarkable achievement was celebrated at RTC 4TH STREET STATION with RTC Chair Neoma Jardon surprising transit rider Christina Fisher as the 250 Millionth Rider! As the lucky rider, she received a 250-Day bus pass that’s valid for free rides on RTC fixed route services. Additionally, everyone on the Route 7 bus she was riding received a 31-Day bus pass.  And last but not least, transit service was FREE for all passengers following the event and for the rest of the day.  

The Fisher family represents three generations of transit riders: She and her husband, their children, and their grandchildren. "RTC gives me independence to get to places so that I'm not homebound.  I am so honored and very overwhelmed being named the 250 millionth rider," said Mrs. Fisher.

Publicly-owned transit service was initiated in September 1978 through the creation of the Regional Transit Commission by the State of Nevada.  Today's RTC was established in 1979, which consolidated transit and roadway planning functions.  Last year, 8.2 million rides were taken on the RTC system.

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RTC Paratransit Specialist Susi Trinidad explains transportation options at a Family Health Festival at Wooster High School on February 29.
FAMILY HEALTH FESTIVAL AND RTC TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP

As part of the Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities Initiative, the RTC has joined numerous other agencies, including the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Access to Healthcare, at Family Health Festival events in the 89502 area since February.  These events are an opportunity to provide safety information, travel training and bus passes to new and existing riders attending the event.  Most recently, two hundred people received free 2-RIDE bus passes and learned about transportation options including services and programs available to seniors and individuals with disabilities.

"Many residents in the 89502 area rely on RTC for their transportation to get to work, school and medical appointments.  I'm very thankful for RTC's participation at these health festivals and for giving a hand-up to our community," said Ward 3 Reno City Councilman Oscar Delgado.  The next Family Health Festival will take place at Miguel Ribera Park on Neil Road in Reno on July 27th from 1 pm to 4 pm.  Back-to-school related transportation items will be handed out to kids and information in English and Spanish.

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Event goers board a RTC bus at Reed High School to attend Star Spangled Sparks on July 3rd.
LARGE TURNOUT FOR FREE RTC STAR SPANGLED SPARKS SHUTTLE

The RTC partnered with The Nugget, City of Sparks, Washoe County School District, and the Sparks Police Department to provide a free bus shuttle service to and from Reed High School and RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA for the annual fireworks show.  The inaugural partnership provided nearly 1,800 rides to event goers who were able to park and ride at Reed High School and catch a ride to Victorian Square.  With limited parking spaces and facilities, the free bus service was very beneficial because it helped everyone to go and enjoy the 4th of July festivities.  The free RTC shuttle service was sponsored by The Nugget.

With the upcoming Best in the West Rib Cook-off approaching, the RTC is working with the partners to again provide a safe transit option.  Details will be announced on our Facebook page, Twitter account and website.

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Students receive transit boarding instruction before they board a bus at RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA on June 20th.
RTC PROVIDES FREE MOBILITY TRAVEL TRAINING TO STUDENT GROUPS

Several student groups recently took advantage of the RTC’s FREE Mobility Travel Training – a program that teaches skills and instills confidence in riding the bus.  Forty-five developmentally disabled students from the Washoe County School District’s Community-Based Summer Camp experienced the program in order to learn to independently use transit.  Through a partnership with the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living, the students learned skills including: how to read a bus book, use ramps, signal a stop and use a fare box.  Recently, high-functioning disabled individuals from Truckee Meadows Community College also experienced travel training as the RTC took them to and from the Food Bank of Northern Nevada for volunteer work.

"We want everyone to feel confident and safe when riding our buses.  Our partnership with the school district, TMCC and the Nevada Center for Independent Living helps us to meet that goal with these young people and the community," said David Jickling, RTC Director of Public Transportation and Operations.

Free Mobility Travel Training is available to everyone in the community and may be provided for a group or individual.  To set up an appointment, call (775) 348-RIDE.

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RTC Project Manager Garth Oksol discussing recycling at the SouthEast Connector Project.
The Road Ahead with RTC: Reno-Sparks Open Streets
Julie Hunter from the Washoe County Health District tells us about an event that's fun and healthy for the whole family.
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