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April 2018

RTC Commissioners, Below you will find your
April 2018 RTC Board Update eNews.
This electronic newsletter is distributed
monthly following your board meeting.
The RTC Board of Commissioners and RTC staff met on April 20
for the annual RTC Board Workshop.

Annual RTC Board Workshop Overview


The RTC Board of Commissioners met on April 20 for the annual RTC Board Workshop. This workshop allows RTC staff to show achievements from the past year and gather input from the Commissioners about priorities for the coming year. 

RTC Director of Planning Amy Cummings highlighted upcoming Planning Department  initiatives, including bike facility alternatives, Washoe County Lands Bill requests, update the ADA Transition Plan, development of the South Meadows Transportation Study, and other upcoming studies, safety initiatives, bicycle programs and performance monitoring. Looking ahead, the Planning Department will continue to work with regional partners on Spaghetti Bowl improvements, the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan and updating our regional travel demand model to better incorporate bicycle and pedestrian travel.
RTC Director of Engineering Brian Stewart showcased projects that are currently in the design phase to improve mobility and quality of life in Washoe County, including the Center Street Multi-Modal Project, the Oddie/Wells Corridor Multi-Modal Project, the Sun Valley Corridor Multi-Modal Project, the Truckee River Shared-Use Path Project, Victorian Avenue Bike Lanes Project, Arlington Bridges Project, Mill Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Project, California Ave./Keystone Project, Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project, and Bicycle and Pedestrian Transit Stops. Mobility and quality-of-life projects currently under construction include the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project and the Evans Avenue Bicycle Improvements Project. The RTC Engineering Department is also working on capacity improvement projects, including the North Valleys Safety Improvements Project and the SouthEast Connector. Capacity improvement projects currently in the design process include the Pyramid-US 395 Connector, and the Traffic Engineering Spot Improvement 8 project. The Engineering Department also continues to work on the Pavement Preservation Project to perform preventative maintenance on regional roads.
RTC Director of Public Transportation &  Operations David Jickling outlined his department's FY 2019 goals and projects, including implementing fixed-route and paratransit service improvements, increasing the number of VANPOOLs, awarding the contract for RIDE operations and maintenance, new RAPID stations, expanded ADA bus-stop improvements, and the Electric Bus Energy Storage Project. The RTC is also exploring the possibility of implementing MicroTransit, a service using smaller vehicles that can be requested by smartphone, to supplement existing transit service. More information will be highlighted in the future.
RTC Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer Stephanie Haddock discussed the current local economy, RTC revenues and expenditures, grant funding, sales tax revenue, fuel tax revenue, and the Fiscal Year 2019 tentative budget.
The RTC Board also received updated information pertaining to the RTC's Federal Priorities and the opportunities and challenges for federal support of RTC projects. Learn more in RTC's 2018 Federal Priorities document.
 
In addition, NDOT Project Manager Nick Johnson showed RTC Commissioners the proposed plans for the Spaghetti Bowl project, including several options that are under consideration. For additional details, visit NDOTSpaghettiBowl.com.
The RTC Board's May meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Washoe County Commission Chambers on E. Ninth Street in Reno. Please note, this is a special day and time.
Warmer temperatures allow for paving operations to resume at the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project.

4th Street/Prater Way
Bus RAPID Transit Project Update


Construction continues to progress on the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project. Paving operations are currently underway on Prater Way from Rock Boulevard to Galletti Way. Eastbound Prater Way is closed during paving but westbound Prater Way remains open to traffic during construction. This closure is expected to end the week of May 7. Detour signs will direct eastbound drivers to use Glendale Avenue during construction. 

Crews are also working to complete the section of the project underneath the I-80 overpass at 4th Street/Prater Way. That construction includes center median work. The I-80 westbound on-ramp at Prater Way will be closed from May 1-5, and drivers are asked to use the Rock Boulevard on-ramp as a detour.

The RTC will also temporarily close the I-80 westbound off-ramp at Prater Way to commercial trucks only from May 1-11. Truck drivers will be detoured to Rock Boulevard or Pyramid Way. Non-commercial traffic, including cars, can continue to use this off-ramp during the commercial-truck-only closure.

From May 13-22, the RTC also plans to close the El Rancho Drive/Prater Way intersection for paving. Detours will be in place.

As the project gets closer to completion, drivers can expect additional detours and lane closures for paving operations.

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 April 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 by July. 

Right now, crews are continuing construction on the future Mira Loma Drive/Veterans Parkway intersection. Mira Loma Drive is closed at the construction limits of the future intersection through June 2, 2018. Construction work is being conducted underground, so for the safety of the workers and drivers, it is necessary to keep the road closed until this work can be completed. During the closure, crews are busy grading and laying a base in preparation for pavement, relocating existing utilities, installing new utilities, placing curb and gutter, and pouring concrete medians and sidewalk. All traffic, including bicyclists and pedestrians going 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 finishing work on the Huffaker Bridge. This is the last bridge that must be completed before the project opens.


The final step to complete the SouthEast Connector will be paving and striping operations. This process is ongoing and will continue during our warmer springtime and summer weather.

The RTC is looking forward to hosting a grand opening for the community. More details will be available at SouthEastConnector.com and the eNews as the project nears completion.
Learn More at SouthEastConnector.com

RTC Celebrates Older Americans Month in May
 

The RTC is excited to join our regional partners in celebrating our seniors as part of Older Americans Month in May. The RTC will be offering three informational sessions to help seniors and their caretakers learn about transportation options in our region and will also participate in the Stuff A Bus for seniors donation drive.

As our 
seniors age, we want to support their independence and help them continue to be connected and have mobility in our community. There are many transportation options for our seniors, and we’re taking this opportunity during Older Americans Month to go into our community and teach our seniors how to use these services.

The RTC Board Chair Ron Smith issued an Older Americans Month Proclamation at the RTC Board Workshop in April.

RTC’s Older Americans Month events include:

RTC Informational Booth at Older Americans Month Opening Ceremonies
May 1 at 9 a.m.
Location: Washoe County Senior Services Center, 1155 E. Ninth Street, Building E in Reno.
RTC staff will outline transportation options for local seniors, offer assistance and answer questions.


RTC Senior Transportation Options Presentation 
May 8 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Spanish Springs Library, 7100 Pyramid Way in Sparks.
Seniors will have the opportunity to learn about RTC transit services and various transportation options available through our community partners. This includes Washoe Senior Ride (WSR), discount Taxi Bucks voucher program that can be used to pay.a portion of the taxi fare; Access to Health Care transportation to medical appointments; and Lyft Bucks available through the Sierra Nevada Transportation Coalition, among other programs. 


ABCs of RTC RIDE: How Seniors Can Ride the RTC Bus
May 10 from 1-3 p.m.
Location: Bus departs and returns to Washoe County Senior Services Center, 1155 E. Ninth Street, Building E in Reno.
Travel with RTC experts aboard an RTC RIDE bus to visit RTC 4TH STREET STATION and the Mobility Center at RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA to learn about special programs for seniors and individuals with disabilities, routes and fares. Ask the experts your questions and discover how easy it is to use transit!


KOLO Cares Stuff A Bus Donation Drive for Seniors
May 11 from 4-7 p.m.
Location: Greater Nevada Field in downtown Reno.
As part of Older Americans Month, the RTC is teaming up with Washoe County, Washoe County Human Services, the City of Reno, the City of Sparks, St. Vincent’s/Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, the Reno Aces, and KOLO Cares to fill a bus with community donations for our local seniors. New, unused donations will be accepted at the drive-by donation event. Donors will receive a buy-one,
get-one deal for a future Reno Aces game. Needed items include sweatshirts, sweatpants, bus passes, jackets, gift cards, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, adult diapers, and more.

For a complete list of all Older Americans Month activities, visit WashoeCounty.us/SeniorSrv.

Curb the Car and Celebrate Bike Week

 
May 13-19 is Bike Week in Washoe County. The annual springtime event encourages people to curb the car and bike instead. The event is organized by the Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance (TMBA) to promote safe bicycling commuting in our community. 

The RTC Board Chair Ron Smith issued a Bike Month and Bike Week Proclamation at the RTC Board Workshop in April.

For a list of bike routes in the Truckee Meadows, visit https://www.rtcwashoe.com/public-transportation/bicycling/

Promoting bicycling as an alternative to form of transportation is important to TMBA to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion, promote safety and good health and inspire others to ride.

Bicycle commuters are encouraged to sign up and log miles at bikewashoe.org to win prizes.

But Bike Week isn’t just about riding your bike to work. There are a number of fun-filled events planned to celebrate biking.

Saturday, May 5
Biggest Little Bike Swap at Idlewild Park

Saturday, May, 12
Reno River Roll at Wingfield Park
Reno River Festival Bike Valet at Wingfield Park

Sunday, May 13
Cyclofemme at Patagonia in downtown Reno
Reno River Festival Bike Valet at Wingfield Park

Monday, May 14
RTC and Reno Bike Project Bike Repair Clinic at RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA in Sparks

Tuesday, May 15
Ladies’ Night Bike Clinic at Reno Bike Project

Wednesday, May 16
Commuter Rest Stop at Patagonia in downtown Reno
Dan’s Night Bike Clinic at Reno Bike Project
Slow Roll at Wingfield Park

Thursday, May 17
Commuter Convoy and Ride for Reading at Reno City Plaza

Friday, May 18
Pancake Feed at Reno Bike Project
Movie Night at Patagonia in downtown Reno
Bike Week After Party at Statewide Lighting

For details and information, visit BikeWashoe.org/Events. Get social media updates by following @BikeWashoe on Twitter and Instagram, or liking Bike Washoe on Facebook. Join the conversation using the hashtag #WashoeBikeWeek18.
Learn More at BikeWashoe.org
NDOT is continuing construction on the State Route 28 Shared-Use Path
near Lake Tahoe.

NDOT Continues Construction on Shared-Use Path

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is beginning its third season of contruction on the State Route 28 shared-use path. The project will bring three-plus miles of shared-use pathway from the south end of Incline Village to Sand Harbor State Park. Beginning Monday, April 30, motorists will see lane closures on State Route 28 south of Incline Village as the Nevada Department of Transportation begins the third scheduled construction season of the SR 28 shared use path.

An underpass will be constructed beneath the highway to bring the path from the east to west side of the road near the Flume Trail. Two new parking areas will be constructed near the Ponderosa Ranch and Tunnel Creek Café, providing safer parking options for the almost-one-million recreational visitors who venture to the area every year.

Centerline rumble strips and emergency roadside turnouts will also be added to State Route 28, further enhancing motorist and pedestrian safety. In addition, water quality improvements such as enhanced roadside drainage inlets, sediment filtration systems and erosion control measures will be installed to help preserve the quality of stormwater entering Lake Tahoe.

More than 2.5-million vehicles travel on State Route 28 each year, mixing with as many as 2,000 pedestrian and bicyclists who park and recreate near the roadside on peak days and creating safety and accessibility concerns on the mountainous highway. Nearly 107 crashes occurred in the area between 2006 and 2013, accounting for approximately 25 percent of crashes on State Route 28.

Thirteen agencies came together to plan the path, which is envisioned as the first step in a future Nevada Stateline-to-Stateline shared-use path connecting the Nevada-California state line in Crystal Bay to the South Lake Tahoe casino core. The project will be funded through federal, state and local funding sources.

Learn More at NevadaDOT.com

Transit Ridership Increases on Earth Day


The RTC provided free transportation on all regularly scheduled RTC transit services on Sunday, April 22, 2018, in support of Earth Day. The Reno Earth Day event at Idlewild Park is served by RTC RIDE Route 16. There were 14,435 rides on Earth Day, 14% higher than the average Sunday in April. Additionally, rides on Route 16, with service to Idlewild Park, were up 186% on Earth Day.

Sustainability is one of the RTC’s guiding principles and increasing ridership on our public transportation system supports this initiative. Taking public transportation instead of driving a car helps the earth and improves our region’s air quality.

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 in the Truckee Meadows. In addition, public transportation can ease traffic, reduce congestion, save energy and fuel. Studies show that traveling by public transportation is 10 times safer per mile than traveling by car.

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 unlinked 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.

Upcoming RTC free RIDE days include Tuesday, June 12, for primary election day, and Thursday, June 21, for Dump the Pump.

To learn more about RTC’s sustainability efforts, visit rtcwashoe.com/sustainability.

Upcoming Events and Meetings

May 1-31

Older Americans Month 
 
 
May 2
RTC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
RTC Citizens Multimodal Advisory Committee (CMAC)
 
May  11
Older Americans Month Stuff A Bus for Seniors Drive-By Donation Drive
Greater Nevada Field from 4 - 7 p.m.
 
May 13-19 

Washoe Bike Week
 
May 21

RTC Board Meeting (1:30 p.m., Washoe County Commission Chambers
1001 E. Ninth St., Bldg. A, Reno)
 
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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