Attend the Community Open House on January 26th at Dilworth STEM Academy Middle School

Join us on January 26, 2017 at the Dilworth STEM Academy Middle School
255 E. Prater Way, Sparks
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Brief Presentation at 5:30 pm

RTC RIDE Routes 25 and 26 serve this location. RTC ACCESS is available by eligible reservation.

The RTC is hosting an open house on the 4th Street/Prater Way BRT Project scheduled to begin construction on January 23, 2017. Meet the project team, view the final design and learn about the traffic control for this important transportation investment for our community.

Stop by anytime!

For more information, please contact:
RTC Project Manager Warren Call
(775) 335-1881  •

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Call (775) 348-RIDE for route and schedule information.

Pursuant to Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), special accommodations may be requested by calling (775) 348-0480 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

Announcing the RTC Lincoln Line


On April 23rd, the RTC unveiled the name of a new transit line that will serve the 4th Street and Prater Way Corridor. The name was selected from 231 submissions from members of the public via the RTC website, social media and suggestion boxes at transit stations.

Embargoed until after the official announcement at 10:40 am on Saturday, April 23, the new transit line will be named the “RTC LINCOLN LINE.” The name reflects the historical nature of the corridor, which was once part of the famous Lincoln Highway. Today, many historic buildings have been repurposed, making the area a center for arts, culture and breweries.

The announcement was made at RTC 4TH STREET STATION at 10:40 am just before the parade that kicked off the 4th Street block party.  Events took place on 4th Street from 11 am to 6 pm between Lake Street and Elko Street. The celebration includes: a pop-up market place, stilt walkers, food trucks and muralists. The event was designed to build a sense of community and was created after innovators from across the country visited Reno for the Next City Vanguard Conference in May 2015. The conference brought together leaders in urban planning to offer advice for revitalization and growth.

The RTC LINCOLN LINE, which will have all-electric buses and be the nation’s first all-electric Bus RAPID Transit Service, will begin operations in early 2019. It is largely made possible thanks to a $16 million federal TIGER grant. Plans for 4th Street and Prater Way also involve undergrounding utility lines, planting trees, making the area accessible to everyone under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), widening sidewalks and adding new bike lanes.

Polling has concluded!

The survey for naming the transit line and the poll for choosing a color has concluded. We will be posting final results of the survey very soon!

We want to give a big thanks to everyone who submitted their ideas and helped us with choosing a color scheme!

NEWS RELEASE: RTC Study Shows Increase in Bike and Pedestrian Activity

[PDF of News Release Available Here]

Reno, NV (Dec. 29, 2015) – The RTC Bike and Pedestrian Data Collection Annual Report showed a marked increase in bicycle and pedestrian activity in the region. The report, which was released this month, summarizes nearly 1,400 hours of observations at 40 different locations in Reno, Sparks and unincorporated Washoe County from Sept. 2014 to Sept. 2015. During this time frame, the highest pedestrian and bike volumes to date were documented by consultant Traffic Works.

The following observations were made: 25,956 pedestrians, 5,241 bicyclists and 205 individuals using wheelchairs or mobility devices. Pedestrian activity spiked in Sept. 2015, and the highest pedestrian activity was observed near 4th Street and Evans Avenue, near RTC 4TH STREET STATION. The most bike activity was observed near Ralston Street and 1st Street in downtown Reno. Pedestrians outnumbered bicyclists by roughly five to one through the study as a whole.

“The RTC is dedicated to giving everyone transportation options,” RTC Director of Planning Amy Cummings said. “This data shows that when amenities are available for pedestrians and bicyclists, more will use alternative transportation methods to get around, creating cleaner air, less traffic congestion and promoting a healthy lifestyle,” she added.

More than 30 percent of trips in the 4th Street/Prater Way Corridor were made using alternative modes of transportation such as: walking, biking and via transit. The RTC has planned major upgrades to promote transportation options in this corridor. This project, which will add four new electric buses, wider sidewalks and bike lanes, will break ground in 2017.

To view the full report, go to:

Complete Streets Master Plan Community Workshops

Please join the RTC in developing the Complete Streets Master Plan and in the update of the Reno Sparks Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan at two workshops scheduled for September 29 in Sparks and October 13 in Reno.  These workshops provide the opportunity to help improve safety and mobility for all types of transportation including transit, walking, biking and driving.  We hope you can attend!


Click Here for a Printable Version [PDF]

Watch a Flythrough Video of the Proposed Improvements!

We have put together a video showing a 3D flythrough of the proposed improvements along the 4th Street | Prater Way Corridor.

You can find the video here:

RTC Project Wins National Award

Reno, NV (July 15, 2015)
The RTC’s 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit (BRT) Project has been selected to receive a Transportation Planning Excellence Award by the United States Department of Transportation. The RTC’s project is only one of eight nationally to receive the honor.

The project, which will begin construction in 2017, will make Downtown Reno more connected with Downtown Sparks.  Between RTC 4TH STREET STATION in Reno and RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA in Sparks, sidewalks will be widened and improved, to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Bike lanes, new lighting and landscaping will also be added. The project will also mean the addition of four new all electric buses to the RTC fleet to serve the route. The project will improve mobility for all modes of transportation and enhance safety for everyone.

“It’s important to recognize the creative efforts of the nation’s transportation planners,” said Acting Federal Transit Administrator Therese W. McMillan. “RTC project leaders expect the BRT line will spur economic development and improve quality of life in an area where more than half of residents are low income by connecting them to jobs and
educational opportunities.”

“This project directly connects people to the region’s educational institutions and more than 7,000 jobs in the 4th Street/Prater Way corridor, plus nearly 39,000 jobs in the heart of Reno that are accessible on our existing RTC RAPID BRT line,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said. “We are proud to receive this recognition and thank the community
for their partnership in developing this project.”

Among the judging criteria were: public involvement, innovation and effectiveness and potential for long term benefits. This honor follows a $16 million federal grant for the project.

Public Input and Transit Station Options Tally

The local community has given its input about the transit station options for the 4th Street | Prater Way Corridor.

From both the March 3rd public meeting and online polls, here are the final standings for people’s preferred choices:

You can click the options to view a rendering of each station.

We thank the community for their input, as it helps immensely in the decisions we make during the design process.

We need your input!

Click any image in this poll to enlarge it.

You can leave a comment at the bottom of this poll or by clicking ‘leave a comment’ above.  If the reply box isn’t visible, please click here

News Release

View Official News Release PDF

For Immediate Release

Joe Harrington
Michael Moreno

Public Comments Sought on Bus Station Designs

Reno, NV (Feb. 23, 2015) – The RTC is welcoming the public’s comments on three design concepts for the 4th Street/Prater Way Corridor. Eight new stations are planned with four on each side of the corridor at the intersections of Sutro Street, Galletti Way, El Rancho Drive, and 15th Street. Two open house events will take place for people to share their comments on Tuesday, March 3. One open house will be 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. The other will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Both will take place at RTC 4TH STREET STATION near Evans Avenue and 4th Street.

The 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project connects downtown Reno and Sparks with enhanced bus service, accessible sidewalks, and bike lanes. The project will help people better connect to economic and educational opportunities. Additionally, it will improve safety within the corridor and make it accessible to people of all abilities. In 2017, RTC will add four new electric buses to serve this route. This project received a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant in the amount of $16 million from the US Department of Transportation. The transit stations may include historical displays related to 4th Street and Prater Way.

3D Renderings of the Proposed Station Concepts

3D Renderings of the Proposed Station Concepts


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