RTC Washoe Virginia Street Project Construction Substantially Complete

Virginia Street Project Construction Substantially Complete

Construction on the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County’s Virginia Street Project, both near the University and in Midtown, is now substantially complete. The final piece of the Virginia Street Project will be the extension of the RAPID Virginia Line service to the University in early 2021.

RTC Board Chair, Bob Lucey, said:

“Your RTC Board is proud to deliver this significant project to our community. With the addition of transit in early 2021, transit riders including students, faculty and staff will be more connected to our region than ever before.”

The University and the community will benefit from the extended RAPID service and new stations because of their convenient locations and quick access to destinations along Virginia Street from campus to downtown Reno, Midtown Reno, and Meadowood Mall.

Even though construction is substantially complete, construction crews will still be putting the finishing touches on the roundabout monument and some transit stations near the University through early January.

Highlights of the project near the University of Nevada, Reno, include:

  • RAPID Bus Stations on both sides of Virginia Street (five total)
  • Sidewalk improvements (along Virginia Street between Maple Street and the University’s West Stadium Parking Complex entrance)
  • A roundabout on Virginia Street at the entrance to the University’s West Stadium Parking Complex to improve safety and traffic flow
  • Restriping of the roadway from two lanes of traffic in each direction to one traffic lane and one shared bus/bicycle lane for both northbound and southbound traffic flow

The bus route that will extend to the University is the RAPID Virginia Line transit route, which is an enhanced transit service. The route has features that allow buses to travel more quickly on Virginia Street and with fewer stops than on regular bus routes, including transit stops approximately every half mile, raised level-boarding platforms to allow passengers to get on and off quickly, dedicated bus lanes in some locations, and technology that allows the bus to communicate with traffic signals to help keep the route on schedule.

Virginia Street Project
A total of 5 RAPID Bus Stations have been added to both sides of Virginia Street.

The RAPID routes (Virginia Line and Lincoln Line) are the highest-ridership routes in RTC’s transit system. Extending the RAPID Virginia Line to the University will increase ridership while providing students, faculty and staff with an enhanced travel option through the Virginia Street corridor in Reno. In addition to the RAPID stations, other improvements include the addition of wider sidewalks that meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, bicycle lanes, and a center median in some areas.

Parking is limited in and around the campus. Transit helps improve access and walkability, reduces pollution, and is a sustainable solution that contributes to a better quality of life for those who live nearby transit stops and choose to ride transit.

Construction near the University of Nevada, Reno began on March 6, 2020.

RTC’s Virtual Virginia Street Project Completion Look Book can be viewed here.

This article was originally published by the Regional Transportation Commission Washoe County.

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