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RTC Commissioners,

Below, you will find your August 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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Members of the public interacted with RTC staff and discussed ideas at the 2040 RTP community planning workshop held at The Nugget in Sparks on August 4th.
2040 RTP PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The RTC continues to provide opportunities for public input in the development of the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), the region's long-range transportation plan.  Many residents shared their comments and ideas and prioritized projects they want to see in the community at a workshop held at The Nugget in Sparks on August 4th.  This event followed seven forums and another workshop held in Reno.  Now members of the public may also share their ideas in an online survey.  The online survey mirrors the display boards in which workshop attendees were able to select their preferences on road and transit projects at the most recent workshop.  The RTC Board will consider the recommendations for the 2040 RTP at its September 16th meeting.  For additional information and to view work done to date, go to: http://www.rtcwashoe.com and click on Hot Topics.

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RTC Board Chair and Reno Councilmember Neoma Jardon (left) and RTC Commissioner and Reno Councilmember Paul McKenzie (center right) join the new graduates of the Reno Works program at a ceremony at Reno City Hall on August 18th.
THE RTC SUPPORTS RENO WORKS PROGRAM TO HELP HOMELESS

Reno Works is a new program changing lives by providing life skills, education, employment assistance, and case management to those in desperate situations.  RTC Board Chairwoman Neoma Jardon was instrumental in creating the program which is a collaboration with the Volunteers of America (VOA).  The program enrolls individuals staying at the VOA shelter and during a 10-week session, helps guide them toward full-time employment.  While going through the training, the participants give back to the City of Reno by performing tasks such as painting the city hall parking garage, cleaning up parks and collecting litter.  Reno Works is transforming the lives of those who participate.  To date, 25 of 27 graduates have avoided a return to homelessness through employment and housing and support from family, employers and our community.  The RTC is supporting the program by providing free bus passes and bus books.

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RTC Trip Reduction Specialist Carol Perry received the American Association for Commuter Transportation award from Executive Director David Straus.
RTC VANPOOL PROGRAM RECOGNIZED AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE

The agency's RTC VANPOOL program has received recognition for exemplary work in Transportation Demand Management (TDM) work at the Association for Commuter Transportation international conference in Portland, Oregon last month.  Carol Perry, RTC Trip Reduction Specialist, administers the program and accepted the Commute Options Vanpool Award due largely in part from her outstanding work to create an effective and successful commuter service.  Vanpools save money, are easy and convenient and help to reduce traffic congestion and create cleaner air.  Participants in a vanpool split the cost of leasing a van and trips are subsidized by the RTC using federal funds.  The program has experienced significant growth during the past year with 95 vanpools now operating, including 15 to the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in Storey County.  The RTC VANPOOL program is operated through an agreement with vRide, the nation's largest vanpool provider.  About 600 people commute using the RTC VANPOOL program.  To learn more, go to: http://www.rtcvanpool.com.

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RIDE RTC TO THE NUGGET BEST IN THE WEST RIB COOK-OFF

The RTC and The Nugget are working together to provide FREE shuttle service to the annual rib cook-off.  One of the region's most popular special events, parking will be limited this year due to development in Victorian Square.  Everyone is invited to park either at the Iron Horse Shopping Center in Sparks near Prater and McCarran or park at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, lot C.  FREE shuttles provided by The Nugget and the RTC will take everyone to and from the festivities at Victorian Square from 11 am to 10 pm on Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th.  The buses will also run on Labor Day, September 5th from 11 am to 7 pm.  For more information, go to: http://nuggetribcook.com.

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RTC OFFERS EXPRESS SERVICE TO THE GREAT RENO BALLOON RACE

Park and ride!  Avoid hassles by riding RTC RIDE to the Great Reno Balloon Race at Rancho San Rafael!  Park at Reed High School or the Reno-Sparks Convention Center at lot C.  You may also board the express service at RTC 4TH STREET STATION in downtown Reno. The cash fare is $2 each way and the express service will run from 4 am to 10 am on Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11.  Reduced fares are available for seniors and youths who qualify.

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The RTC team competing at the X-treme Ability Challenge (back row) Gary Davison (RTC ACCESS-First Transit), Tom Wittig (General Manager of RIDE), Mario Trinidad, Debbie McCarthy-Torres, (seated) Sherrie Wittig, Jane Gruner, Susi Trinidad (RTC Paratransit Specialist) and Rosie Melarkey
RTC REPRESENTATIVES COMPETE IN X-TREME ABILITY CHALLENGE

RTC representatives competed in the X-Treme Ability Challenge, a competition that requires able-bodied individuals to accomplish tasks those with disabilities face every day.  The event, presented by High Sierra Industries, included competitions in wheelchairs and a sign language challenge.  Prizes were awarded along with a hosted barbecue lunch and raffle.  Waste Management’s team took top place at this fun event.

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BECOME A BIKE-FRIENDLY BUSINESS

Are you a bicycle friendly business or a bicyclist that frequents a bicycle friendly business?  If yes, local businesses and corporations can be recognized for creating a bicycle friendly environment for customers and bicycle commuting employees.  Submit an application to the League of American Bicyclists in their Bicycle-Friendly Business program, applications are being accepted until October 13, 2016, and designations are announced in December 2016.

In the state of Nevada, there are 12 businesses recognized as Bike Friendly Businesses but Northern Nevada has yet to establish a bike-friendly business.  The Reno, Sparks and Washoe County region was awarded a Bronze level for a Bicycle-Friendly Community for the second time in the fall of 2015.  For additional information please visit: www.bikeleague.org/business or contact Rebecca Kapuler, RTC Planner, at: (775) 332-0174 or rkapuler@rtcwashoe.com.   

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RTC Project Manager Blaine Petersen discusses capacity and multimodal improvements at North Virginia Street at North McCarran Boulevard
The Road Ahead: Pyramid and McCarran Update
RTC Project Manager Scott Gibson provides an update on progress at Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard
SEC Phase 2 Flyover - July 2016
Watch the latest drone flyover of the SouthEast Connector project
The Road Ahead with RTC: SouthEast Connector Wetlands Construction
RTC Project Manager Garth Oksol explains initial steps in creating new wetlands
The Road Ahead with RTC: Rib Cook-Off Shuttle
Lisa Jansen from the Nugget explains how to take a FREE shuttle to the Best in the West Rib Cook-Off
UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS
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