RTC updates City Council on Virginia Street Project, utility construction to begin soon


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    The RTC met with Reno City Council today to give new updates on the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project.

    RTC officials say the next phase of construction will begin with utility work and companies like AT&T, NV Energy, and Truckee Meadows Water Authority will all be a part of it.

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    So far, the RTC has invested more than 12.5 million taxpayer dollars in the project, including $6.5 million to develop a design that reflects public input. The other $6 million is meant for utility relocation and storm drain improvements.

    The utility construction will begin with road work on the section between Plumb Lane and Mt. Rose Street and ultimately end on the roadway segment near Liberty Street.

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    The next phase of [roadway] construction is going to start in summer of 2019, anticipating start of construction in July and then that will continue for the next year and a half," said Michael Moreno, public affairs manager for the RTC.

    In addition, the RTC will also reimburse the city (pending RTC board approval) for new artistic benches and bike racks added along the path.

    The city will be in charge of that part of the project, including the design and the number of benches and racks. Once that is completed, the RTC will be reimburse the city up to $120,000.

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    The ultimate goal of the project is to improve travel between UNR and Midtown, by extending the RTC RAPID service by 1.8 miles from the UNR campus to the RTC 4th Street Station in Downtown Reno.

    In terms of final design, the RTC aims to include wide sidewalks, on-street parking, a center median, and shared travel travel lanes. The final design is based on the Reno City Council's recommended action and was approved by the RTC Board of Commissioners.

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    Visit the Virginia Street Project website for the newest updates on the project.


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