Your RTC. Our Community.

May 2018

RTC Commissioners, Below you will find your
May 2018 RTC Board Update eNews.
This electronic newsletter is distributed
monthly following your board meeting.

RTC Board Lowers Cost of Bus Passes for Everyone, Extends Reduced Fares to Veterans and More Seniors

The RTC Board recently approved making bus passes more affordable for everyone and extending reduced-fare eligibility to benefit Veterans and seniors. The RTC is also simplifying transit-fare options to make buying a bus pass easier and to encourage more people to use transit. 

University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) students will also benefit from new, lower bus pass prices.

When these new fare changes go into effect this fall, Veterans will be eligible for reduced transit fares and the age for reduced senior-fare eligibility will decrease from age 65 to 60, allowing more seniors and now Veterans to qualify for reduced fares.

The new fare structure will ensure the availability of affordable public transportation to everyone, provide fare equity among public transportation services and passenger categories, and provide a strong incentive for transit use to help reduce region-wide traffic congestion, air pollution and fuel consumption. Overall, this will help to increase transit ridership.

New transit pricing includes:
  • The 24-Hour Pass will change to a Day Pass. Prices will be reduced from $5.00 to $3.00 (regular cost) and $2.50 to $1.50 (reduced cost). Transfers will be eliminated. Day Passes will expire at midnight of the same day of activation.
  • The 7-Day Pass price will be reduced from $19.50 to $14.50 (regular cost) and $9.75 to $6.00 (reduced cost).
  • The 31-Day Disabled Pass price will be $32.50.
  • Veterans will qualify for the reduced-fare rate offered to seniors, youth and individuals with disabilities.
  • The price of student Wolf Pass and TMCC bus passes will decrease from $230 to $147 annually, or $73.50 for a six-month pass.
  • The price of a single trip for individuals with disabilities will decrease from $1.00 to $0.75. The price of a single trip for an ACCESS ID holder will change from $0.50 to $0.75.
These changes will become effective on September 4, 2018.
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The May 2018 SouthEast Connector flyover video highlights construction progress to date. See how far we've come by watching the May 2016 video, below.

SouthEast Connector Will Open to Traffic in July

The SouthEast Connector is currently at 95% completion and we are looking forward to celebrating with the community as we get ready to open the road. The new roadway, which will be dedicated as Veterans Parkway, benefits the region by reducing traffic congestion and creating a more efficient and safe alternative for commuters who travel between south Reno and east Reno/Sparks.

Save the dates! The RTC is planning a community-wide grand opening celebration and road preview with a walk, run and bike event tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 30. The road is anticipated to officially open to traffic on July 6, preceded by the official grand opening ceremony. More details will be available in the coming weeks at, RTC social media pages and in the next edition of the eNews.

Crews have been making progress on the three final construction activities, including paving, constructing the Huffaker Bridge and finishing the Mira Loma intersection. The Mira Loma intersection is expected to reopen on June 2, but until then, drivers can use Pembroke as a detour. The RTC appreciates everyone's patience during construction.

The SouthEast Connector is not open just yet and the RTC is asking the public to please respect the construction zone. For everyone's safety, please stay out of the project site as there is active construction occurring.
Watch the May 2016 SouthEast Connector flyover video to see how much crews have accomplished over the course of two years of construction.
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Temporary I-80 On/Off-Ramp Closures Coming as Part of 4th Street/Prater Way Project

 Construction continues to progress on the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project. As part of the construction process, the RTC plans to temporarily close the I-80 on/off-ramps at E. 4th Street and Prater Way for construction work starting on Monday, June 4 through Saturday, June 16. 4th Street and Prater Way will also close to traffic from Galletti Way to El Rancho Drive during the same time period. These closures will be in effect 24-hours-a-day.

The work is part of the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project. Crews will be removing existing asphalt, paving, striping and adding new signage.

By closing this area to traffic, crews are able to complete this work in two weeks. If they were to continue allowing traffic through, it would take six weeks, extending the total construction time the public would be impacted in this area. The RTC appreciates everyone’s patience during the construction process.

The RTC will provide access to all businesses in this area during the closure, including Motel 6 Reno Airport - Sparks, Pony Express Lodge, McCarran Auto Body, Coney Island Bar, Metro City Carwash, Chevron, CEMEX and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. Drivers are asked to follow the business-access signs that will be in place.

Detours will be in place and drivers are asked to use the following alternate routes:

I-80 On- and Off-Ramp Detours:
  •  I-80 westbound off-ramp to E. 4th Street/Prater Way: Use McCarran Boulevard, Pyramid Way or Rock Boulevard.
  • E. 4th Street/Prater Way on-ramp to I-80 westbound: Use Rock Boulevard.
  • I-80 eastbound off ramp to E. 4th Street/Prater Way: Use Rock Boulevard.
  • E. 4th Street/Prater Way on-ramp to I-80 eastbound: Use Rock Boulevard.
Surface-Street Detours for 4th/Prater between Galletti Way – El Rancho Drive:
  • Heading eastbound on 4th Street: Use Galletti Way to Glendale Avenue to Rock Boulevard.
  • Heading westbound on Prater Way: Use El Rancho Drive to Oddie Boulevard.
Business-Access Routes:
  • Coney Island Bar: Use Galletti Way and follow business-access signs.
  • McCarran Auto Body: Use El Rancho Drive to D Street to View Street.
  • Motel 6 Reno Airport - Sparks: Use Victorian Avenue.
  • Pony Express Lodge: Use a special, temporary access point to the rear of the lodge off of D Street from El Rancho.
  • Howard’s Chevron: Use 4th Street eastbound or Galletti Way.
  • CEMEX: Use Galletti Way
  • Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles: Use Galletti Way.
  • Metro City Carwash: Use Victorian to El Rancho
The RTC urges drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to be safe and to use extra caution in construction work zones.

Construction operations are weather permitting. For the latest updates, text 4PRATER to 797979, or visit to sign up for email notifications.

The work is part of an overall $58-million investment in the community to better connect Downtown Reno and Downtown Sparks and provide access to jobs and education opportunities. The 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project involves widening sidewalks, adding bike lanes, adding new landscaping, and moving utilities underground. The final component of the project will be a new RAPID bus line called the Lincoln Line, debuting in late 2018. The new RAPID service celebrates the famous Lincoln Highway. Completion of road construction and RAPID stations is anticipated in fall of 2018.
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RIDE FREE on RTC Transit Services on June 12 and 21

The RTC is excited to provide FREE transportation to the community on all transit services for two dates in June.

On June 12, the RTC will offer free transit for Primary Election Day. In partnership with the Washoe County Registrar of Voters, we are offering free transit service to everyone to be able to reach polling locations. Please check route and schedule information at as not all polling locations are served by transit.

You can also RIDE all RTC transit services for free on June 21 for Dump the Pump Day – the 13th annual national movement to promote transit. This movement, organized by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), encourages everyone to try transit or choose other alternative modes to save on gas, help the environment and do a heart-healthy activity. 

Starting on Dump the Pump Day on June 21, you can register your green trips through July 31 at for the opportunity to win prizes. There are prizes for riding transit, walking, carpooling, biking, and VANPOOLing. Go to for information, eligibility and rules.
Register Your Trips at

RTC 2017 Annual Report

The RTC 2017 Annual Report was presented to the RTC Board at its May 21 meeting and may be viewed on the RTC website.  The report highlights calendar year 2017 accomplishments and activities achieved through the RTC Board's vision and leadership. The RTC 2017 Annual Report can be viewed online and has been distributed through RTC social media channels. Electronic distribution supports RTC's long-term sustainability goal of 10% reduction of paper usage.

Among the highlights detailed in the annual report are:
  • Road projects
  • Safety improvements completed
  • Performance Measures
  • 7.4 million rides taken on RTC RIDE
  • 1.8 million rides on RTC RAPID
  • 225,195 ACCESS trips taken
  • 3.9 miles of new sidewalks installed
  • 3.9 miles of bike lanes added
  • 7 new crosswalk warning devices installed
  • Planning studies
  • 178 public meetings/events/presentations
Our thanks and appreciation to our regional partners and the community for their support and participation in helping us develop and deliver the transportation projects and systems needed in the region.
Read the 2017 Annual Report at

Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Improvement Project
Wins Two Awards

The RTC's Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Improvement Project recently won two awards. The RTC and its project partners received the 2018 John L. Martin Partnered Project of the Year Diamond Award from the International Partnering Institute. The Diamond Award is the highest achievement and reflects cooperation throughout the project, on-time completion, and staying within the project's budget.

The Associated General Contractors (ACG) Nevada Chapter also gave the project contractor, Granite Construction, a Pinnacle Award for General Engineering Contractors and Contracts Innovation for Projects Over $5M.

These awards reflect the significance this project represents for the region and the partnerships we have with our community and local consultants, design firms, and construction companies.

NDOT To Resurface Alternate U.S. 395 Through Pleasant and Washoe Valleys

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has started construction to resurface the U.S. 395 alternate route through Pleasant and Washoe Valleys.

Drivers should be aware of potential single lane closures on Alternate U.S. 395 just south of Mt. Rose Highway. Over the coming months, the road work will progress south with daytime single lane closures in both directions of Alternate U.S. 395 through Pleasant and Washoe Valleys. The lane closures will primarily take place Mondays through Fridays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Access to side roads and driveways will be maintained during construction.

During road work on the two-lane segment of U.S. 395A in Washoe Valley, traffic flaggers and pilot cars will alternate directions of traffic through the work zone, with up to 30-minute travel delays to be expected. The road work is anticipated to end in late summer.

The project will resurface more than 16 miles of Alternate U.S. 395 between Mt. Rose Highway and the Washoe County/Carson City line. Known as a double chip seal, two layers of new asphalt and roadway gravel will be placed on the road and sealed with a top layer of oil. Segments of additional roadside fencing and sixteen cattle-guards will be installed in certain areas of Pleasant Valley to reduce vehicle/wild horse collisions and enhance highway safety. Some narrower areas of paved roadway shoulder will also be widened to provide extra travel room for bicyclists.

The just over $3 million in roadway improvements by contractor Intermountain Slurry Seal will provide a smoother drive for the approximately 2,400 motorists who travel the road daily. The interim road surface improvements will help preserve the roadway until it is fully excavated and repaved as needed in future years.

State highway information is available at or by calling (775) 888-7000.


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Don't Drive Arrive to Special Events

The RTC worked with the City of Reno and the City of Sparks to develop the Don't Drive Arrive campaign to encourage people to use other modes of transportation to get to and from special events, knowing that parking is often an issue for these events. The RTC has also developed partnerships with local-event organizers to help promote Don't Drive Arrive.

It's easy to get to special events on RTC transit or choose to walk or bike! Just visit:

  • Go to to plan your trip using schedules and the system map or use Google Transit to input your starting point and destination. Check for any detours on the transit alerts page.
  • Download the Token Transit app and buy your pass on your phone.
  • Get the Nextbus app and know how many minutes before your bus arrives!  Available for Android or Apple smartphones.
  • Pass Vending Machines are located at our Main terminals at RTC 4TH STREET STATION in downtown Reno and RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA at Victorian Square in Sparks.

Spend less time in traffic and finding parking. 

Learn More at

Upcoming Events and Meetings

June 6

RTC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
RTC Citizens Multimodal Advisory Committee (CMAC)

June 12
RIDE Transit FREE on Primary Election Day
(Not all polling locations served by transit)
June 15

RTC Board Meeting (Washoe County Commission Chambers
1001 E. Ninth St., Bldg. A, Reno)
June 21

RIDE Transit FREE on Dump the Pump Day
June 30

SouthEast Connector Pre-Grand Opening Fun Run/Bike/Walk Event
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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