Preliminary design and environmental activities have started on Virginia Street. This project addresses critical transportation needs including improving transit connectivity, efficiency, and reliability through connecting RTC RAPID to the University. When completed, the project will accomplish improving safety for all modes, correcting ADA sidewalk deficiencies, and improving traffic operations. No sidewalks exist in many sections of the corridor, and in other areas sidewalks are in poor condition, which forms a barrier to transit stop access. The corridor contains numerous vacant or underutilized buildings and lots. Improved transit and walkability will encourage implementation of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and redevelopment district goals to make Reno a University town.
Field crews have been performing field surveys, investigating existing utilities and accessing pavement condition. The project is being developed through the Federal Transit Administration’s Small Starts program. Construction is scheduled for late summer 2017.