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RTC Commissioners,

Below, you will find your October 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  Archived editions are available at:

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


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The RTC is providing FREE transit so everyone may visit the polls and make their voices heard on Election Day, November 8.  Additionally, the RTC is thanking and honoring veterans with another day of FREE transit the same week – Veterans Day, November 11. 

When riding RTC transit services on Election Day, it’s important to note that not all polling locations are served by transit.  Go to: to look up routes and stops.  Additionally, unlike during early voting, ballots may only be cast at one’s designated polling location on Election Day.  To find your polling location, look on the back of your sample ballot or go to:

We thank the Washoe County Registrar of Voters Office for their partnership to help promote the service.  We also want to thank our media partners: KOLO 8, KRNV News 4, Fox11, My21, Univision, and Cumulus Media Group for their generous support in promoting the free transit service to their audiences.

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If you want to know when the bus will arrive, there’s an app for that!  NextBus is a FREE app for Apple and Android that provides real time information on the location of the RTC’s buses.  This is an extremely helpful app that lets the user know how many minutes before their bus arrives; just type in the code for your stop.  Real time arrival information can also be sent as a text message.  Text: “Reno” then leave a space, then the bus stop number to 41411.  You will receive a text message letting you know how long before the bus arrives.  The service is also available by calling (775) 473-1065.

Finally, you can also find real-time arrival information by going to and searching for “NextBus.”  Bus stop numbers are posted at many bus stop locations and listed on the NextBus page of the website.  You can also find out your stop number by calling Passenger Services at (775) 348-RIDE.

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Granite Construction crews have begun paving the new roadway between Clean Water Way and Pembroke Drive.

Pembroke Drive will be closing to all traffic beginning Monday, Oct. 31.  Mira Loma Drive will remain open as an alternate route.  The closure will last about two months and is being implemented in order to move a water line.  No one’s water service will be turned off.  It was necessary to wait until colder months when there is less demand on the water system to move the line.  Access for emergency services will be maintained via Mira Loma Drive.  Sign up for updates at:

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Crews from Granite Construction and the City of Sparks visited homeowners near Pyramid Way and Queen Way personally and were fast to respond amid record rain.

Crews from Granite Construction acted fast to control flood waters and protect properties near Pyramid Way and Queen Way.  Record rainfall on October 15th and 16th resulted in flooding near the Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Improvement Project, impacting several residences and two churches.  Crews worked to clear driveways, a parking lot and yards affected by mud and flood waters.  Representatives from Granite Construction and the City of Sparks Public Works went door-to-door to assist in the recovery effort.  Anyone with questions or in need of assistance should call (813) 367-9629.  For project updates and traffic control information, go to:

Separately, flooding also occurred at the project site for the SouthEast Connector.  Given the project is being constructed in a floodplain, this type of event was well planned for.  Berms and other best management practices kept flood waters contained to specific areas.  Flood waters did not reach soil containing mercury that had been excavated in preparation for being sealed off from the environment and stored under the completed roadway.  Additionally, no homes were impacted by flooding.  Portable toilets on the jobsite were clean at the time of the flooding so no sewage was introduced into the environment.  Finally, gas and oil on the jobsite was also contained, preventing any contamination.  For project updates and information, go to:

These projects remain on-schedule.  The timeline for the SouthEast Connector also remains unchanged after human remains of unknown age were discovered at the jobsite.  An on-site archeologist responded immediately and other agencies are handling the discovery appropriately.

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Students walked to Double Diamond Elementary School in Reno on October 5, 2016.

More than 1,000 students participated in International Walk to School Day in Washoe County.  This event is part of an international movement to encourage kids to choose healthy modes of transportation and learn safety skills.  It was organized locally by Safe Routes to School, which is a year-round program funded by the RTC that promotes safety and mobility to youths.  Washoe County/RTC Commissioner Bob Lucey, Reno City Councilmember Oscar Delgado, members of the Reno Police Department, representatives from Washoe County Schools, and RTC staff members all participated in the fun event.  RTC staff also handed out 270 School Zone Awareness fliers to parents who drove their students to school that highlighted new school zone laws.

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As part of the RTC’s dedication to creating safe and healthy communities, two FREE flu clinics will be held at RTC 4TH STREET STATION in Downtown Reno.  The first clinic took place on Tuesday, October 25 from 4 pm to 6 pm.  The second will be the same hours on Tuesday, November 15.  If possible, everyone is asked to bring a Medicaid, Medicare or insurance card, although the cards are not required.  No-cost flu shots will be available for those age 7 and up.  A flu shot is recommended for everyone who is at least 6 months of age and older, especially those with certain medical conditions, pregnant women and those 65 years and older.  The clinics are a partnership of the RTC, Immunize Nevada, and Walgreens.

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RTC transit riders will soon be able to buy bus passes on their phones and show a digital bus pass on the screen to board!  This new technology is a partnership of Token Transit and the RTC, and eliminates the need for paper passes and visiting a ticket vending machine.  Users simply download the free Token Transit app on their Apple or Android phone, and link it to a credit or debit card.  A digital bus pass display is shown to the driver as the passenger gets on board!  Cash fares and traditional bus passes will continue to be accepted in addition to the new digital passes.  To incentivize downloading the new app, the first digital bus pass purchased through Token Transit will be 50 percent off during the initial trial period for the app.  The app will be available by the end of the year.


As the RTC prepares to break ground on the Virginia Street RAPID Transit Extension Project in 2018, utility exploration work is getting underway.  The work will begin November 7th and last about three weeks.  The work will be taking place between Plumb Lane and Liberty Streets.  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 the project.  The RTC is working closely with nearby residents and businesses to inform them about the utility work, including by: sending a letter, e-mail, social media, and the project website.  Anyone whose driveway will be closed will also receive 18 to 24 hours notice.  More information on the project and updates are posted at:


The RTC Board November meeting will be a workshop focused on our transit program  and is scheduled for Friday, November 18.  Members of the public are encouraged to share their comments and ideas on public transportation in the region.  The workshop will be an opportunity for the RTC Board and community to review transportation issues in-depth.  The workshop will begin at 9 am at the Best Western Airport Plaza Conference Center, 1981 Terminal Way, Reno.  Click here to view the agenda and staff reports posted three business days prior to the meetings.


The RTC is dedicated to giving everyone in the community transportation options.  As part of the process of seeking recognition as a bicycle-friendly business from The League of American Bicyclists is seeking input from individuals who bicycle to ride transit or visit RTC facilities on bicycles.  Visitors are encouraged to take a brief survey for the League of American Bicyclists to share valuable insight into the experiences of existing and potential cyclists.  Click here to access the survey, which only takes a few minutes to complete.

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The Road Ahead with RTC: Pembroke Dr. Planned Closure
RTC Project Manager Garth Oksol tells us about a planned closure of Pembroke Drive as the SouthEast Connector project continues
Free Rides on Election Day
Learn about FREE transit days coming up in November!
The Road Ahead with RTC: North Valleys Safety Improvements
RTC Project Manager Garth Oksol has an update on safety improvements in the North Valleys
The Road Ahead with RTC: Sun Valley Pedestrian Improvements
NDOT Public Information Officer Meg Ragonese tells us about pedestrian safety improvements happening in Sun Valley
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