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RTC Commissioners,

Below, you will find your November 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.  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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STUFF-A-BUS FOR SENIORS

The City of Reno, Washoe County Senior Services and RTC are partnering again this season to Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors.  The donation drive began Tuesday, November 15th and ends on Wednesday, December 7th.  The organizations are asking for NEW, unused items for seniors in the community.  A list of needed items, such as new jackets, hats and gloves, sweat shirts and pants, toiletries and bus passes, is available at Reno.gov/SeniorGiving.

Items may be dropped off in donation barrels at:
  • The first or second floor of Reno City Hall
  • The Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center
  • Teglia's Paradise Park
  • RTC Administrative Offices at 1105 Terminal Way, first floor
  • Washoe County Administrative Building at 1001 E. 9th Street, building A
Members of the community are also encouraged to drop off a donation at Greater Nevada Field, home of the Reno Aces, on Thursday, December 7th from 4 pm to 7 pm.  Everyone making a donation will receive a coupon for a free ice skate rental valid for specific days in December and January.  Items collected benefit seniors in need in the community and are distributed by Washoe County Senior Services.
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TWENTY-FOURTH ANNUAL FOOD FOR FARE

The RTC is partnering with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada for the 24th Annual Food for Fare drive!  This drive allows bus passengers to pay their fare with a donation of a non-perishable, non-expired food donation.  The event will be all day on Thursday, December 8th and Friday, December 9th.

You need not ride the bus to donate, just hand a donation to the driver.  A food donation barrel is also located in the lobby of the RTC administrative building at 1105 Terminal Way in Reno.  The Food Bank of Northern Nevada helps feed 95,000 people each month.
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PEDESTRIAN SAFETY TOP PRIORITY FOR THE RTC

The RTC is reminding drivers and pedestrians now that the days are shorter, to be extra vigilant and look out for one another. Pedestrians are encouraged to wear bright colors, wear reflective materials and use safety lights when out after dark.

As of November 14, there were nine pedestrian fatalities in Washoe County, compared with seven last year at that time. Statewide, there were 52 pedestrian deaths, compared with 60 at that time in 2015. The latest statewide data, collected in 2014, shows low-light is a factor in the majority of crashes involving pedestrians.
 
Some tips for pedestrians to stay safe include:
  • Always look left, look right and look left again before crossing
  • Use sidewalks where available
  • Avoid distracted walking, such as texting or being inattentive
  • Look, listen and avoid wearing earbuds
Some tips for drivers include:
  • Never pass a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk -- assume they are stopped for a pedestrian
  • Avoid distractions such as talking on your cell phone and texting while driving
  • Watch for slowing vehicles around you.  They could be yielding to a pedestrian
  • When turning at intersections, always look for pedestrians on both sides of the streets you're leaving and entering
The RTC is a partner in Zero Fatalities because no loss of life on Nevada roadways is acceptable. For more safety tips, go to: http://www.zerofatalitiesnv.com.
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Public Information Officer Joe Harrington, Public Affairs Administrator Michael Moreno and Graphic Designer Nancy Mues received awards at the PRSA Silver Spike Gala on November 17th at Whitney Peak.
RTC RECEIVES TOP HONORS IN PUBLIC RELATIONS

The RTC was recognized for outstanding outreach efforts by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Sierra Nevada Chapter at its annual Silver Spike Gala on November 17th.

We received three Bronze Spike Awards for our Anti-Bus Vandalism Awareness Campaign in the category of Best Crisis Communications Program, and in the Owned Websites category for the PyramidMcCarran.com and SouthEastConnector.com project websites. Entries for all award categories were judged by the peer PRSA chapter of Southeast Wisconsin.
 
In addition to the Bronze Spike Awards, the RTC also received the top-honor, a Silver Spike, as the 2016 Students’ Choice Award for the PyramidMcCarran.com project website.  While the majority of entries were judged by the PRSA Southeast Wisconsin Chapter, this award was chosen by local UNR students studying public relations.  The students compared the RTC’s entry with all the top scoring entries in deciding to award this very high honor to the RTC.  This award is very noteworthy being selected by Millennials, exemplifying cutting-edge communications from our communications team and consultant partners.  Congratulations to Michael, Nancy and Joe for an outstanding accomplishment.
UTILITY EXPLORATION WORK ON VIRGINIA STREET TO RESUME IN JANUARY

Utility exploration work on Virginia Street in Midtown is pausing in order to accommodate holiday shopping and traffic.  The majority of the work was completed on November 23rd, with the exception of the intersection of Mary Street and Center Street as well as several side streets.  Work in Midtown won't begin again until after January 2nd.

Utility exploration work near the University of Nevada, Reno on North Virginia Street between Maple Street and Lawlor Events Center is anticipated to begin on December 6th and last about one week.

Throughout the work, one travel lane will be maintained in each direction as well as left turn lanes at major signalized intersections. Driveway closures of one hour or more are possible during construction activities. The RTC and Sierra Nevada Construction (SNC) will be working closely with nearby residents and businesses to inform them about the utility work, and businesses will remain accessible. Anyone whose driveway will be closed temporarily to complete the work will also receive 18 to 24 hours notice and the closure will be of short duration.  We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we conduct this work.
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY HOURS AND SERVICE

RTC transit services will be on a Sunday service schedule on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th; the RTC SIERRA SPIRIT will operate as it does on all holidays.  The RTC INTERCITY route will not operate on Thanksgiving Day.  Passenger Services will also be closed on Thanksgiving and re-opens on November 25th.  RTC Administrative offices will be closed on both Thanksgiving Day and Family Day, November 24th and November 25th.  The RTC wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
RTC BOARD MEETINGS MOVING TO THURSDAYS

Beginning January 19, 2017, RTC Board meetings will be held on the third Thursday of the month at 1 pm in the Washoe County Commission Chambers.  The Washoe County Commission Chambers are located at 1001 E. 9th Street in Reno, Building A.
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