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Your RTC. Our Community.


September 2018

RTC Commissioners, Below you will find your
September 2018 RTC Board Update eNews.
This electronic newsletter is distributed
monthly following your board meeting.
Businesses tell the news that sales are better than expected as the RTC transforms Virginia Street. Watch this video to hear from businesses in their own words.

Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit
Extension Project Underway

 

The RTC and local construction firm Sierra Nevada Construction (SNC) began construction on the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project in the Midtown Reno area on Tuesday, September 4. 

Crews are currently working to upgrade aging utilities and move them underground. This portion of the project is expected to last until spring/early summer of 2019.

This month, the project team created 85 new, angled parking spaces throughout the construction zone. These 90-minute, temporary parking spots are currently located within the construction zone and are clearly marked with signage. These temporary parking locations may change as construction progresses.

The RTC also launched a partnership with Lyft to help bring people to Midtown. During construction, use code RAPID to save 50% off (up to $10 off) your trip TO Midtown. See the map for more details.

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 Pizzava. We will randomly select one recipient every week during construction. Please ensure your post is 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.

Upcoming "Transforming Virginia Street" Midtown events:
October 11: Virginia Street Construction Lunch at a surprise Midtown location.
October 25: Tastes and Treats of Midtown at South Virginia Plaza

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 info@VirginiaStreetProject.com 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! We shortened the original website address VirginiaStreetRAPIDExtension.com to VirginiaStreetProject.com for easier access. We want to hear your ideas on how we can make the website more useful and informative. If we use your suggestion, you will receive a $25 gift card to a Midtown business of your choice. Send us an email at info@VirginiaStreetProject.com 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 Mari CHUY’s Mexican Kitchen on September 13! We’ll be doing a construction lunch at a surprise Midtown location every month during construction. 
Learn More at VirginiaStreetProject.com

RTC Fares, Transit Schedules to Change October 6


 The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County will change its transit fares and implement minor adjustments to weekday schedules beginning Saturday, October 6. The changes include lower prices on some bus passes and fares as part of the RTC’s initiative to spur new ridership and provide passengers with reliable and on-time service.

This is a system-wide service change to improve transit schedules and all routes will be enhanced. Although these are minor schedule adjustments, we encourage our transit riders to check their routes to see the changes at rtcwashoe.com, or by calling 775-348-RIDE.

Transit riders can recycle their old RTC Bus Book by trading it in for a free new RTC Bus Book at Customer Service offices at RTC 4TH STREET STATION and RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA starting on Friday, September 28. The new RTC Bus Book is also available online.

Transit riders will see new bus stop signs and materials start to go up around the community starting on Thursday, September 27. Even though new signs will be up, the changes will not go into effect until Saturday, October 6.

Some of the changes include weekday schedule changes and the renaming of the RTC INTERCITY service to REGIONAL CONNECTOR with service to and from Carson City. INTERCITY passes will still be valid on the REGIONAL CONNECTOR. The RTC’s new Lincoln Line service along the 4th Street/Prater Way corridor will also begin in October. Passengers are encouraged to check the schedule online.

Transit fare changes:
  • The 24-Hour Pass will change to a Day Pass. Prices will be reduced from $5.00 to $3.00 (regular fare) and $2.50 to $1.50 (reduced fare). Day Passes will expire at midnight of the same day of activation.
  • Transfers will be eliminated.
  • The 7-Day Pass price will be reduced from $19.50 to¬ $14.50 (regular fare) and $9.75 to $6.00 (reduced fare).
  • The 31-Day Disabled Pass fare will be $32.50.
  • The fare for a single trip for individuals with disabilities will decrease from $1.00 to $0.75. The fare for a single trip for an ACCESS ID holder will change from $0.50 to $0.75.
  • See new transit fares online.
The RTC also lowered fares for Veterans and more seniors (ages 60+) on September 4, 2018.
Learn More at rtcwashoe.com

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 4thPrater.com to sign up for email notifications.
Learn More at 4thPrater.com
RTC Commissioner Vaughn Hartung talks to Channel 2 Traffic Anchor Bryan Hofmann and Channel 8 Photographer Ray Kinney about the new traffic signal at Pyramid Highway/Calle De La Plata.

New Traffic Signal Coming to Pyramid Highway/Calle De La Plata Intersection

The RTC has begun the installation of 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 will include new pedestrian crosswalks, ADA-accessible ramps, and flashers placed ahead of the intersection.

The installation is expected to take about a month. The RTC anticipates the signal will be operational by mid-October 2018.

Changes Coming to RTC ACCESS Service October 1


RTC ACCESS is RTC's paratransit service that provides door-to-door, pre-scheduled transportation for people who are eligible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

Starting October 1, the RTC is making changes to its ACCESS service based on RTC's limited financial resources. The RTC has been operating additional service above and beyond what is required by the ADA and we can no longer sustain the service with existing revenues. Starting October 1, the RTC will offer only ADA-required service within the ADA zone. 

Currently, the RTC operates ACCESS service 24-hours-a-day. Starting October 1, the RTC will only offer ADA-required area by time-of-day service, meaning the RTC will operate ACCESS service only during the same hours as RTC's fixed-route service. For example, if a passenger lives within 3/4 of a mile of an RTC RIDE route that does not operate past 10 p.m. on a Sunday, a trip on RTC ACCESS would not be available.

Also starting October 1, in order to meet the growing travel demands of RTC ACCESS passengers living within the ADA service area, the RTC can no longer provide trips outside of the ADA-zone service area, which is within 3/4 of a mile of a fixed-route bus stop. 

To supplement the changes, the RTC is bolstering its Washoe Senior Ride program. The program allows seniors and Veterans who meet certain age requirements, and ACCESS-qualified individuals, to purchase discounted (75% off) coupons, called Taxi Bucks to help cover the cost of taxi rides. Often times, due to the subsidized taxi fares, it's cheaper for someone to take a cab versus an ACCESS ride, depending on the distance the person is traveling. Often, it's more convenient for someone to take a taxi because they don't have to schedule their trip ahead of time as required with ACCESS.

In addition to RTC-affilated options, people may be eligible for other options as well, including Sierra Nevada Transportation Coalition (SNTC) Lyft Bucks, Access to Healthcare Network and Medical Transportation Management (MTM). Please reach out to the program administrators for details and to see if you qualify.

SNTC (Lyft) Bucks Transportation Program: Participant pays $10 to SNTC and a $40 digital Lyft gift card will be sent to the participant’s email within two business days.  Participant can open the email from their mobile phone, click on the Lyft gift card, and credits are automatically applied to the person’s Lyft app, or the person may copy the gift code listed in the email into the Lyft app manually. Participants may purchase up to four (4) (worth $160.00) Lyft gift cards per month. The SNTC Bucks participants can book and receive rides 24-hours-a-day/7-days-a-week and the amount is drawn from the users account (Lyft gift card applied). To see if you are eligible, visit the website.

Access to Healthcare Network: Provides FREE non-emergent medical transportation for senior citizens, disabled, and low-income residents in Reno and greater Washoe County area. For more information call 1-844-469-4932 or visit their website.

Medical Transportation Management: MTM is the state of Nevada’s non-emergency transportation (NET). MTM arranges rides for eligible Medicaid members throughout the state to their health care provider for a covered Medicaid service, if they don’t have another way to get to their medical appointments. For more information call 1-866-436-0457 or visit their website.

 

SouthEast Connector Multi-Use Path Dedicated as Erica Greif Memorial Bikeway


On Saturday, September 22, the RTC and the community dedicated the multi-use path along the SouthEast Connector segment of Veterans Parkway as part of the Erica Greif Memorial Bikeway. A ceremony took place near the intersection of Veterans Parkway and South Meadows Parkway.

Erica, a UNR graduate and Reno-based competitive cyclist, was killed in a car crash while driving to a California bike race on April 8, 2015.

Dedicating the multi-use pathway at the SouthEast Connector in honor of Erica Greif is our community's way of remembering Erica’s legacy in the bicycling community. At the same time, we are looking forward as we create a more walkable and bikeable community that will be enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts for generations to come.

Erica is survived by her mother, Trish, her father, Doug, her brother, David, and her grandparents, Dr. Roy and Ellen Rheuben, and other family members, many of who attended the dedication ceremony. The Reno Wheelmen, a competitive cycling group, also attended the ceremony and raised their helmets in honor of Erica.

The RTC unveiled a sign at the dedication ceremony and marked the occasion with a tribute ride in celebration of Erica’s life.

ADA Transition Plan Update Open House


In September, the RTC held an open house to gather community input as RTC staff updates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan. The open house took place on Wednesday, September 19 at the Discovery Museum.

The Transition Plan includes an ADA-compliance review of RTC programs, services, activities, employment practices, emergency management plan, buildings and associated parking, and prioritized fixed-route transit stop locations.

The open house was the first of three meetings to get public input on the RTC's ADA Transition Plan Update about locations in our community that need ADA improvements. The RTC is in the process of collecting data from the public about the needs of people in our community.

Once the data is collected, the RTC will meet with the public again in the spring to share our findings and get more feedback and input about how to prioritize ADA improvements.
Share your feedback by taking a short survey

N4 Transportation Planning 4 All Survey


The Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada (N4) is seeking community input about the transportation needs of older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers as part of the N4 Transit Planning 4 All Project.

The data collected by N4 will be used to generate insights about the inclusion of older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers in the transportation-planning process. The data collected will be shared with the RTC for use in the development of the Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (CTP) and in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) in the coming year.

N4 is proactively planning for future community growth by including older adults and people with disabilities in planning conversations.

Use the link below to take the survey, or request a paper copy of the survey by calling 775-453-4774 or emailing people@neighbornv.org.
Share your feedback by taking a short survey

NDOT Seeks Public Feedback on One Nevada Plan

 
In the future, our area's transportation needs will be much different than they are today. NDOT and the RTC are planning for our future transportation needs as part of the new One Nevada Plan.

Nevada is projected to have more than one million additional residents in just over 20 years, and as Nevada continues to grow, our transportation needs will continue to grow as well. 

The One Nevada Plan outlines the goals, priorities, and actions to guide Nevada's local, regional and statewide transportation planning and adapt to future transportation technology and needs. It will truly become a comprehensive and ever-adapting playbook that will guide how we move around Nevada in future decades.

The plan will adapt to new transportation technology, including autonomous vehicles and other technologies that are changing the way we travel. The One Nevada Plan proactively incorporates those new technologies and future transportation needs to help keep all Nevadans safe and connected.

This transportation plan is for Nevadans by Nevadans and everyone's feedback is important. NDOT gathered public feedback from Nevadans about their top transportation priorities and incorporated those priorities into a draft of the plan. 

For more information about how you can provide feedback, visit OneNVPlan.com
Learn More at OneNVPlan.com

Upcoming Events and Meetings

October 6
Enhanced RTC SIERRA SPIRIT service for the Wolf Pack home game
October 11
Transforming Virginia Street Construction Lunch at a surprise Midtown location (location TBA)
October 13
Enhanced RTC SIERRA SPIRIT service for the Wolf Pack home game
October 19*
RTC Board Meeting (Washoe County Commission Chambers,
1001 E. Ninth St., Bldg.
A, Reno)
*This regularly scheduled RTC Board Meeting may be rescheduled. Check rtcwashoe.com for meeting and date details.
October 25
Transforming Virginia Street Midtown Event: Tastes and Treats at South Virginia Plaza
October 27
Enhanced RTC SIERRA SPIRIT service for the Wolf Pack home game
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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