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RTC Holds Open House on Virginia Street Corridor

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Over the past several months, the Regional Transportation Commission has been working with the city of Reno and the University of Nevada on trying to shape the vision of Virginia Street.

"One of the key things we're looking to do is better link the University of Nevada, Reno with downtown Reno and Midtown and other areas of the Virginia Street corridor," said Amy Cummings, Director of Planning for the RTC.

"We're looking at sidewalk improvements," said Fred Turnier, Community Development Director with the city of Reno. "We're looking at bike lanes, and we're looking at pedestrian safety within the corridor."

On Tuesday, the RTC held an open house and planning workshop at the Nevada Discovery Museum on Center Street in Reno for people who live and work in the corridor to come and give officials their input.

One of the ways people left feedback is by putting a numbered sticker on issues that matter to them like street parking and/or wider sidewalks. The number represents a neighborhood along the corridor. People also wrote suggestions for RTC and city of Reno officials to take into consideration.

"We take this input, and then we go back into the office and we figure out what the community's desires are," Turnier said.

The RTC says they want to extend its Rapid bus service to the University of Nevada area.

"That's one of our biggest employment centers," Cummings said. "We think it's going to be a great service to let people have a seamless, transfer-free connection between UNR and downtown and Midtown."

A local business owner says she also wants the Sierra Spirit bus route extended into Midtown, so more people can experience the area's shops and restaurants.

"Those are things that are really attractive to a college student," said Angela Watson, owner of Black Hole Body Piercing. "I really see them wanting to go into that area, and because it stops, it's kind of discouraging to them."

RTC Officials say the next planned open house and planning workshop is scheduled for early 2014.

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Written by Adam Varahachaikol


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