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Your RTC. Our Community.


July 2018

RTC Commissioners, Below you will find your
July 2018 RTC Board Update eNews.
This electronic newsletter is distributed
monthly following your board meeting.
Rendering of the Virginia Street RAPID Extension Project.

Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit
Extension Project Begins Soon

 

After almost five years of planning and working together to develop ideas to transform and improve the Virginia Street corridor, the RTC will soon begin construction of the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project.

Construction activities are scheduled to begin on September 4 in the Midtown District, from Plumb Lane to Liberty Street. The team will begin placing equipment around the corridor in mid-August to prepare for the start of construction. The majority of work for the first phase will be complete by the spring of 2019.  We appreciate the community’s understanding and flexibility with construction activity and encourage continued support and patronage of Midtown business enterprises during construction.

The first phase of construction will upgrade and relocate utilities underground to replace aging infrastructure. This is a major investment in our community and the first step in improving the Virginia Street corridor and the Midtown District. Once the utility improvements are done, the next phase of the project will begin in the spring/summer of 2019. That phase will include upgraded sidewalks that meet ADA standards, roadway construction, new landscaping and finishes, community seating, and lighting, and will take approximately 16 months to complete.

The project will ultimately extend RTC’s RAPID transit service north to UNR on Virginia Street, further connecting Reno’s Midtown and downtown areas to the campus. You’ll see new bus stations going in, similar to what exists now on Virginia Street. The RAPID service has fewer stops, accessible bus stops with level boarding, and coordination with traffic signals, making for quicker transit trips along the corridor. RAPID riders will be able to get to the UNR campus faster, without having to transfer to another bus at RTC 4TH STREET STATION.

Local construction firm Sierra Nevada Construction (SNC) will complete the first phase of construction. As part of the project, the RTC will administer a robust business patronage program to encourage people to continue to support Midtown businesses during construction. We have some exciting events and promotions planned as part of the program. For event details, subscribe to receive weekly project emails at VirginiaStreetRAPIDExtension.com.


This project represents a substantial investment in the corridor and an improvement of the transit options, pedestrian facilities, and urban environment for Virginia Street. Federal funding is through the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Improvement Grant (CIG) Program that has been appropriated in the budget approved by Congress and signed by the President. We are working with administration officials and our Congressional delegation to execute the grant agreement, which represents a federal investment of $40.4 million. The RTC has also committed more than $40 million in local and other federal funds for this project.
Learn More at VirginiaStreetRAPIDExtension.com
 Crews continue paving operations on the 4th Street/Prater Way
Bus RAPID Transit Project.

4th Street/Prater Way BRT Project Update


We are at 90 percent completion with construction of the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project. Crews just finished paving operations on 4th Street between Montello Street and Quincy Street, including the 4th Street/Sutro Street intersection. We had to close the road to complete paving, so we really appreciate everyone’s patience during the construction activities.

The entire 4th Street/Prater Way corridor is now open to two-way traffic to support the annual Hot August Nights event, through August 12.

Starting in mid-August, crews will be paving 4th Street from Quincy to Evans. We will have some closures and one-way traffic as we finish the last part of construction for the project, but it’s important to note that businesses in this area are open and accessible, and we encourage everyone to support and patronize businesses in the construction zone.

For the latest updates, text 4PRATER to 797979, or visit 4thPrater.com to sign up for email notifications.
Learn More at 4thPrater.com

Amy Cummings Appointed to RTC Deputy Executive Director/Director of Planning


The RTC named RTC Director of Planning Amy Cummings as its Deputy Executive Director/Director of Planning.

In her new role, Amy will continue to serve as the Director of Planning, but will also assume the duties similar to that of a company's Chief Operating Officer for RTC policies, programs, projects, and administration. She will provide leadership and direction to integrate the RTC’s agency-wide principles, goals and objectives into program administration.

Amy will provide technical and resource support to the RTC’s Executive Director and leadership team for high-priority challenges facing the agency.

Amy has a proven track record in delivering an innovative and nationally recognized planning program. As Deputy Executive Director, she will assist in formulating strategic initiatives that reflect the changing needs at the local, state and federal levels.

Amy has been the RTC’s Director of Planning since 2010. Prior to joining the RTC, she was the Nevada Planning Manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff. She has an undergraduate degree in history from Florida State University, a Master of Community Planning from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a master’s degree in history from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a focus on transportation and urban history. She is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional and a member of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) Board of Directors.
Nevada State Transportation Board meeting on July 9, 2018 in Carson City.

Nevada State Transportation Board Meeting
 

I had the opportunity to give a presentation to the Nevada State Transportation Board on July 9 in Carson City. I provided the board with an update on RTC projects, including the SouthEast Connector, the Virginia Street RAPID Extension Project, federal funding status, and our support and collaboration with NDOT on the Spaghetti Bowl early-action project.

During the meeting, the RTC's Pyramid McCarran Intersection Improvement Project Team also received NDOT's Partnering Award. I expressed my appreciation for the contributions from the companies that worked to make that project a success, including Granite Construction, Construction Materials Engineers, Taylor Made Solutions, the Federal Highway Administration, HDR, Black Eagle, Par Electric, and NCE.
The Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Improvement Project Team received the NDOT Partnering Award on July 9, 2018.

From left, Amy Cummings - RTC Deputy Executive Director, Mike Brown - NCE Resident Engineer, Marty Crew - Construction Materials Engineers, Inc., President, Deanna Grey - Construction Materials Engineers, Inc., Office Manager, Nevada State Controller Ron Knecht, Governor Sandoval, Jason Fritz - Granite Construction Project Manager, Scott Gibson - RTC Project Manager, Lee Gibson - RTC Executive Director, Michael Moreno - RTC Public Affairs Manager, Rudy Malfabon - NDOT Director, Len Savage - State Transportation Board Member, and Emil "B.J." Almberg, Jr. - State Transportation Board Member.
Thank you to everyone who attended the RTC's re-dedication ceremony for the Jerry L. Hall Regional Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility on July 13, 2018. The renovations make bus maintenance safer, more efficient, and increase capacity for our fleet.

From left, Mark Maloney - RTC Transit Operations Manager, Ron Smith - RTC Chair and Sparks Mayor Pro Tempore, Greg Krause - former RTC Executive Director, Celia Kupersmith - former RTC Executive Director, Jerry L. Hall - charter RTC Executive Director, Derek Morse - former RTC Executive Director, Lee Gibson - RTC Executive Director, David Jickling - RTC Director of Public Transportation and Operations.
Thank you to our community partners who helped with our SouthEast Connector pre-grand opening and grand opening events in June and July. Partners were honored at the RTC Board meeting on July 20.

Our thanks to:
Atkins
Edible Pedal
Granite Construction

LimeBike
Northern Nevada Medical Center

Nugget Casino Resort
R.C. Willey
Reed High School Band 
REMSA
Renown
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
Reno Fire Department
Reno Police Department
Reno Running Company

Shane Whitecloud
Spanish Springs High School JROTC Color Guard
Sparks Fire Department
Sparks Police Department
The Alamo
The Outlets at Legends
Washoe County CERT Team

U.S. 50 in Nevada Designated as Official U.S. Bicycle Route

The Nevada Department of Transportation announced that U.S. 50 across the state has been designated as Nevada’s first official U.S. Bicycle Route, joining the world’s largest network of national bike routes and expanding tourism and long-term economic potential for local communities along the route.

While many local bicycle routes and paths exist across the state, the designation of U.S. 50 as part of the U.S. Bicycle Route System marks the first route in Nevada to be named a U.S. Bicycle Route and makes Nevada the tipping-point 26th state in the union with a national bike route. The new designation by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, with the support of Adventure Cycling Association, brings the total mileage of U.S. Bicycle Route routes in the nation to 13,099. 

While hundreds of adventure cyclists already travel U.S. 50 every year, this designation literally puts the highway on the map of designated bicycle routes which many national and international tourists use to travel the nation.

Known as U.S. Bicycle Route 50 (USBR 50), the 410-mile bicycle route follows U.S. 50, dubbed the “Loneliest Road in America,” east to west across the state. One route detour from U.S. 50 takes bicyclists along State Route 722 west of Austin for a less-traveled, more-appealing ride with unparalleled scenery before connecting back to U.S. 50. Crossing part of the Great Basin, the route traverses 12 summits taller than 6,000 feet, numerous communities, and 10 nearby state parks. USBR 50 connects to the existing U.S. Bicycle Route 79 in Utah. With work progressing on USBR 50 in California and U.S. Bicycle Route 77 in Utah, in the future cyclists will be able to ride on officially designated bicycle routes from Salt Lake City to San Francisco. Roadway signage will be installed along U.S. 50 in the future noting the bicycle route designation.

U.S. 50 parallels the famed Pony Express route and teems with history and awe-inspiring beauty. Travelers come from all over the world to trek across the 'Loneliest Road in America,' on bicycle, motorcycle, in RVs and cars. It's an iconic road-trip route and a slice of the best Nevada has to offer.

With the bike route crossing rural Nevada desert, bicyclists are advised to travel prepared with water, emergency medical and basic bicycle-repair supplies. Due to the tremendous topographic diversity along the route, cyclists should prepare for any type of weather and intermittent cell phone coverage.

U.S. 50 traces the historic Pony Express Trail and Lincoln Highway, and in modern history serves as a highway connecting the central part of our state. NDOT encourages visitors using all modes of transportation to experience Nevada’s rich history and natural beauty along the U.S. 50 corridor. Non-motorized transportation plays an important part in keeping us all connected by providing an environmentally friendly and healthy mode of transportation.

Digital maps for all designated U.S. Bicycle Routes, including all new routes, are available to the public for free, using the Ride with GPS online platform, from the Adventure Cycling website at adventurecycling.org/USBRSmaps.

Learn More at NevadaDOT.com

Upcoming Events and Meetings

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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