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Virginia Street Project

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County and local construction firm Sierra Nevada Construction (SNC) are transforming Virginia Street with construction of the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project in the Midtown Reno.

SAFETY

The project addresses critical transportation needs including improving transit operations by extending the Virginia Line RAPID transit service to UNR, correcting ADA sidewalk deficiencies, improving traffic operations and beautifying the corridor.

FUNDING

The project is funded with fuel tax revenue, federal and private funds.

INVESTMENT

This more than $80-million investment in our community will create connectivity between Midtown Reno and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and will support economic development, enhance safety, and improve livability in the corridor.

BEAUTIFY

Up to 300 trees will be added to the corridor as part of the project. As well as incorporation of historical and cultural characteristics of Midtown.

Download Current Concept PDF

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parking

Midtown District Project

In addition to the marked parking lot behind the Ponderosa Hotel with 36 spaces, there are 85 additional marked, angled parking spaces throughout the construction zone. Temporary parking spaces in the construction zone are on South Virginia Street between Thoma Street and Moran Street, between Vassar Street and Arroyo Street, and between Pueblo Street and Mt. Rose Street. Check signage for access from the southbound traffic lane. Temporary parking locations may change as construction progresses.

Forest St. Parking

Plumb Ln. Parking

Public Outreach

In order to generate public participation during all stages of the project, the RTC has placed a very strong emphasis on public outreach. The RTC established the Community Working Group (CWG) to foster two-way communication with community organizations and neighborhoods to develop community-based decisions on the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Project. The CWG meets regularly to discuss the project. Additionally, the RTC hosts Community Information Meetings to provide information and receive feedback from the general public. Beyond the CWG and Community Information Meetings which are open to the public, the RTC meets with various committees, applicable agency representatives, and the City Council, and regularly conducts one-on-one meetings with citizens groups, business owners, and interested organizations.

Community Working Group Downloads

April 21, 2017 Community Working Group Meeting:
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April 29th, 2015 RTC Board Room:
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March 23rd, 2015 RTC Board Room:
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Community Information Meeting Downloads

August 14, 2017 Open House
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August 25th, 2015 Reno Discovery Museum:
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June 18th, 2015 Reno Discovery Museum:
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April 15th, 2015 William Raggio Bldg, UNR:
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April 14th, 2015 Reno Discovery Museum:
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The following businesses and organizations participate in the CWG :

  • RTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
  • Black Hole Body Piercing
  • Brasserie Saint James
  • Carter Bros. Ace Hardware
  • CitiCare
  • College Cyclery
  • Craft Wine & Beer
  • EldoradoJunkee Clothing Exchange
  • Sippee’s Clothing Exchange
  • Laughing Planet Café
  • Lincoln Highway Association
  • Midtown Property Developers
  • Nevada Museum of Art
  • O’Sullivan Apartments
  • Recycled Records Regional Alliance for Downtown Reno
  • Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce
  • Reno City Planning Commission
  • Reno Redevelopment Agency
  • The Riverwalk District
  • Sports West Complex
  • The Great Streets Coalition
  • Stremmel Gallery