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RTC to Invest $6 Billion Over Next 20 Years

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The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) has a number of projects in the works to improve our infrastructure over the next 20 years.

It's called the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan, and is set to cost more than $6 billion. The goal is to improve mobility for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists across our area.  

"We're planning for the future," says Amy Cummings, the RTC Director of Planning. "And we're looking at some of our key priorities."

Those priorities range from large roadway projects to improving bicycle lanes and sidewalks throughout the community.

Some residents we talked to said it isn't necessarily the projects that worry them, but the size of the investment.

"I think the conditions of the roads have improved," says Reno resident, Matthew Eisenbarth. "I think they're not bad. I know that we pay some of the heftiest gasoline taxes around."

The RTC says these changes will improve driver and pedestrian safety.

"We want to incorporate results from road safety audits and locations that have been identified as high crash locations and make improvements there," says Cummings.

Some community members on the other hand, are not so sure we should continue spending money on large road projects.

"I think a lot of these improvements are based on projections of population growth and things that just aren't there," says David Gibson of Reno.

But Cummings says growth in population and employment in our area will continue to increase.

"So we do expect traffic volumes to grow," she says. "But in addition to that, people spend a lot of their day on a roadway traveling."

The RTC uses open houses to gauge what the public wants to see change. They told us many folks are also interested in an expanded transit system.

"People see the benefits of having those mobility options especially as gas prices are getting higher," says Cummings.

If you're wondering where that $6 billion is going to come, the RTC says most of it will come from federal funding as well as sales and fuel taxes.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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