Your RTC. Our Community.

October 2018

Happy Nevada Day and a Safe Halloween! Use extra caution tonight when Trick-Or-Treating and be pedestrian safe!

RTC Commissioners, Below you will find your
October 2018 RTC Board Update eNews.
This electronic newsletter is distributed
monthly following your board meeting.
As RTC continues to transform Virginia Street, take a look at what construction crews are working on in the utility trench.

Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit
Extension Project Update


The Midtown District in Reno is under construction as crews work to transform Virginia Street. Construction is going well and is on schedule. This portion of the project is anticipated to be complete in spring/summer of 2019.

Crews are currently working to upgrade aging utilities throughout the corridor. What you don’t see when you’re driving along the corridor is the construction work that is going on underground. Crews have created an underground trench that allows crews utilities to be placed deeply under the roadway so they won’t be affected by future roadway construction operations. Watch the video above to take a look inside the trench. 

If you have been to Midtown recently, you have noticed there are a few cones out, but businesses are open and accessible and there are plenty of ways to get to Midtown using side streets. 

The RTC and the Sierra Nevada Construction team have created additional parking spaces within the construction zone, wherever possible, to make it even easier for people to continue to patronize Midtown-area businesses.
During construction, use code RAPID on Lyft rideshare to save 50% off (up to $10 off) your trip TO Midtown. See the map for more details.

To help support Midtown businesses during the upcoming holiday-shopping season, construction operations will stop during the week of Thanksgiving (November 19-23) and the week of Christmas (December 24 - January 1). Traffic control will still be in place, but the construction team will work to create even more parking within the construction zone during the construction breaks.

Share your Midtown Experience while visiting any Midtown business by using the hashtag #VirginiaStreetProject on Facebook or Instagram for the chance to receive a $10 giftcard to a Midtown business. We will randomly select one recipient every week during construction. Please ensure your posts and photos are publicly visible to be eligible.

The RTC encourages the community to continue to support Midtown businesses throughout the construction process. Their success is our community's success. The RTC will continue to support Midtown by hosting events, such as block parties, surprise lunches and community gatherings, during construction to bring more people to the area. 

On Thursday, October 25, the RTC hosted October Tastes & Treats at South Virginia Plaza in Midtown. More than 100 people attended the event and visited South Virginia Plaza businesses during and after the event. A survey of attendees found many folks came from areas outside of the Midtown District.

Upcoming "Transforming Virginia Street" Midtown events:
  • November 15: Virginia Street Construction Lunch at a surprise Midtown location.
  • November 8-10: Off Beat Music Festival, supported by the RTC. eNews subscribers get discounted tickets using this link. You can also enter for a chance to receive a free wristband at 13 Midtown venue locations before the event, including 40 Mile Saloon, Brasserie St. James, Ceol Irish Pub, Chapel Tavern, Craft Wine & Beer, Holland Project, Junkee Clothing Exchange, Shea's Tavern, The Loving Cup, and The Saint.
The RTC and SNC have a robust business-support program in place and are working with businesses within the Midtown corridor to support them during the construction process. Businesses can participate in the Business Support Program by calling (775) 300-1848 or emailing to be included. There is no cost for businesses to participate.

More information:

Please visit our project website, for project photos, traffic control and parking information, upcoming events and more! You can also send an email to or call us at 775-300-1848.

For text updates, text Virginia to 797979, or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
We are #MidtownProud! Our #VirginiaStreetProject construction team bought lunch for the first 25 people who came to Thai Chili on October 11. We’ll be doing a construction lunch at a surprise Midtown location every month during construction. 
Congratulations to the winners of the October Tastes & Treats event! Attendees who filled out their event passport by visiting all participating businesses were entered into a drawing for gift cards from other South Virginia Plaza businesses.
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Bus Drivers Wanted!

MV Transit, RTC’s bus operator, is currently experiencing a shortage of bus drivers in the available work force due to the tight labor market and robust economy in our region. As a result, there simply are not enough bus drivers to operate our currently published schedules. To help our customers plan their trips, the RTC will post information about canceled and delayed trips on, on RTC’s social media channels, on the buses, and at transit stations. We appreciate the patience and understanding from our customers.  Unfortunately, this situation is anticipated to last several more months.

MV Transit is working diligently to recruit and train new bus drivers. To help recruit more applicants, MV Transit offers competitive wages and paid commercial driver's license (CDL) training. MV Transit is also holding job fairs and offering immediate interviews for walk-in applicants. Anyone who is interested in becoming a bus driver can visit, call 775-335-1859, or walk in for an on-the-spot interview Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at 2050 Villanova Drive in Reno and look for signage. Please share this employment opportunity with the community.  

We also encourage everyone to sign up for route-specific text and email alerts at
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Crews continue to work on the corridor’s transit stations, including this one, located near the Prater Way/15th Street intersection. The stations honor the corridor’s rich history.

4th Street/Prater Way BRT Project Update

Paving operations for the entire 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project are complete and crews are finishing punch-list items to close out the project, including the transit stations, traffic signal timing and landscaping. Two-way traffic is back open and will remain open as crews complete the project.

A grand opening event is being planned for later this fall.

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 to sign up for email notifications.
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The RTC activated the new traffic signal at Calle De La Plata and Pyramid Highway on October 23.

New Traffic Signal Activated at Pyramid Highway/Calle De La Plata Intersection

The RTC installated and activated a new traffic signal at the intersection of Pyramid Highway and Calle De La Plata in Spanish Springs.

With new developments and housing in the area surrounding the intersection, this signal will provide improved safety and traffic capacity to the intersection to better manage traffic congestion and travel delays. The intersection includes new pedestrian crosswalks, ADA-accessible ramps, and flashers placed ahead of the intersection.

Upcoming Free Transit Days

The RTC is excited to announce two upcoming free transit days. 

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, the RTC will offer free rides on all RTC transit services all day and encourages the public to vote. Not all voting locations are served by transit, so be sure to plan your trip in advance.

On Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, the RTC will also offer free rides on all RTC transit services to everyone all day. The RTC salutes our Veterans.

To plan your trip, visit
RTC Public Affairs Manager Michael Moreno and RTC Planner Rebecca Kapuler display a Vision Zero Northern Nevada poster at the Traffic Safety Summit.

RTC Promotes Vision Zero Progress at Nevada Safety Summit

RTC staff presented information about Vision Zero Northern Nevada at the Nevada Traffic Safety Summit in Las Vegas on October 17. The RTC also wanted to showcase what is being done in Northern Nevada to encourage participation in other parts of the state.

The Vision Zero program brings 15 Northern Nevada regional partners together to create a safe and healthy community, no matter where you go or how you get there. The program will make our roads safer for everyone by partnering together to make roads and sidewalks safer for pedestrians. 

The goal of the program is to bring the number of pedestrian-involved crashes with serious injuries or fatalities to zero. 

The RTC and regional partners are currently working to collect and analyze crash data to determine how to improve safety throughout our community. Next, Vision Zero committee members will canvas local neighborhoods to collect survey input from the community.

On a parallel track, we are working with the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety on a messaging campaign that will complement the statewide safety messaging.

We will provide more information about the progress of this regional committee in a future eNews edition. 

RTC Partners with Washoe County Safe Routes to School Program for International Walk to School Day


For the third year in a row, the RTC partnered with Washoe County Safe Routes to School Program for International Walk to School Day at Whitehead Elementary School on  October 10. The annual observance is part of an ongoing effort to draw attention to the many health benefits of walking every day. Studies show that when students walk to school they arrive ready to learn. RTC staffers helped students and parents to safely cross intersections and provided safety tips. 17 Washoe County schools participated in Walk to School Day this year.

The yearly event raises awareness about walking and bike safety skills while also reminding motorists to be vigilant in watching for children who are walking or biking in the neighborhood. Teachers are also encouraged to incorporate health and safety lessons into their curriculum in an effort to maximize campaign efforts.

Walk to School Day is part of the Safe Routes to School program, which is funded by the RTC. The program encourages healthy transportation alternatives, such as biking and walking, from an early age. In addition to education, Safe Routes to School also focuses on planning, development and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution near schools.

Community Invited to Oddie/Wells Design Project Meeting


The RTC invites the community to a meeting to learn more about the Oddie Boulevard and Wells Avenue design project. The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 29 from 5:30 -7 p.m. at the Sparks Library, located at 1125 12th Street.

The RTC is seeking community input as staff begins the design concepts for the corridor. The project will provide improved sidewalks, bike facilities, and traffic operations. We want to hear your ideas and comments on the project corridor and potential design concepts. A formal presentation will begin at 6 p.m. 

if you are unable to attend the meeting, the RTC plans to stream the presentation live on Facebook.

Comments will be accepted through Friday, December 14, 2018 at or at
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NDOT Seeks Public Input on the I-11 Northern Nevada Alternatives Analysis Planning and Environmental Linkage

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is seeking public input on recommended corridor alternatives for the future Interstate 11 connecting Las Vegas and northwestern Nevada.

I-11 is envisioned as a continuous high-capacity transportation corridor that has the potential to enhance movement of people and freight, as to facilitate regional connectivity, trade, communications, and technology. Through the I-11 Northern Nevada Alternatives Analysis Planning and Environmental Linkage (NNAA PEL) study, NDOT has analyzed potential corridor alternatives for the congressionally-designated I-11 corridor between Las Vegas and Interstate 80. The result of this analysis is a more refined range of recommended corridors to be carried forward for future planning and environmental review.

The study has engaged numerous stakeholders and solicited public input throughout the process to inform the alternatives analysis. NDOT hosted series of public meetings to gather community input to identify corridor alternatives within the general U.S. 95 vicinity. This feedback combined with technical analysis is documented in the Alternatives Analysis Report. NDOT is now inviting the public to provide input on the document prior to consideration and potential approval by the State Transportation Board of Directors.

The public can visit to review and comment on the draft document. All comments must be submitted before Nov. 8, 2018 via email to or by mail to 1263 South Stewart Street, Carson City, NV 89712 ATTN: Kevin Verre, room 205.

Construction of the approximately 450-mile long interstate could be phased over future decades as environmental studies are complete and funding prioritized.
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Upcoming Events and Meetings

October 31
Nevada Day/Halloween - Be Pedestrian Safe
November 6
All RTC transit services free on Election Day
November 8-10
Off Beat Music Festival in Midtown, supported by the RTC. Discounted tickets for eNews subscribers are available using this link.
November 10
Enhanced RTC SIERRA SPIRIT service for the Wolf Pack home game
November 11
All RTC transit services free for everyone in honor of Veterans Day
November 15
Transforming Virginia Street Construction Lunch at a surprise Midtown location
November 22
Thanksgiving Day - Transit on Sunday Schedule and RTC Administrative Offices Closed
November 23
Family Day - Transit on Regular Schedule and RTC Administrative Offices Closed
November 29
Oddie/Wells Project Community Meeting
5:30-7 p.m. at Sparks Library (1125 12th Street)
Please contact Michael Moreno or me with any questions you may have.
Michael can be reached at (775) 335-1869 or email at
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Lee G. Gibson, AICP, Executive Director
Ph: (775) 348-0400 Fax: (775) 324-3503
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