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In recent years, the Regional Transportation Commission, or RTC, has held numerous public meetings about redesigning portions of Virginia Street in Reno's MidTown District. Our reporter Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.com has the latest update.

Virginia Street in MidTown is constrained by the roadway’s width and the need for ADA-accessible sidewalks, which has prompted plans to eliminate a center turn lane in favor of wider sidewalks.

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With the Tesla gigafactory now officially open, we know that more businesses and more people are coming to Northern Nevada. That’s going to put a strain on roadways and transit. To learn what local officials are doing to plan ahead, our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with Lee Gibson. He’s the head of the Regional Transportation Commission, or RTC, in Washoe County. 

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A two-year legal battle between Washoe Co's Regional Transportation Commission and union for bus drivers in Reno is continuing this week with another hearing at the U.S District Court. Our contributor Luiza Vieira  has the story. 

Back in 2014, the RTC board voted to turn on audio recording devices that were already in the buses. But the bus driver's union filed a suit against the agency, claiming that listening devices are an intrusion of privacy.

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The Washoe County Regional Transportation Commission is holding public open houses this week to get feedback on what transit services are most important to the community. Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick reports.

The Washoe County transit system is running at a deficit of $1 million a year. RTC Spokesman Joe Harrington says that along with rider fares, sales tax revenues help pay for transit.

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  More people in Washoe County are walking and riding their bikes than ever before. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick explores why.

The Regional Transportation Commission recently released its annual report on bicycling, walking and wheelchair use. Amy Cummings is the RTC’s director of planning and says the increase in pedestrian traffic is partly due to their goal of creating more of what they call “complete streets.”

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The controversial Southeast Connector roadway project received final federal approval this week. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the thoroughfare will eventually connect South Reno to Sparks, easing congestion on Interstate 580 by offering an alternate route to many job sites, including Tesla's gigafactory.

At a press conference held by the Regional Transportation Commission Thursday in Reno, RTC Chair Neoma Jardon said this is more than just a new road, it's a job creator.

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Washoe County voters could see a ballot question asking for more transit funding in the next few years. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Public transit in Washoe will see major service cuts by 2019 if the Regional Transportation Commission can't find more money. That's why the RTC created a citizen advisory group to come up with ideas. That group just put together its final recommendations, which include asking voters to approve a 1/8-cent increase to the sales tax.

A citizens advisory group says bus fares should not go up in Washoe County. Now they must figure out other ways to close a multi-million-dollar funding gap that will soon hit public transit each year. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Transportation officials are celebrating a $16 million federal grant that they'll use to better connect bus lines from downtown Reno to downtown Sparks. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss attended Tuesday's press conference at Reno's 4th Street bus station where discussion of the project spurred a larger conversation about the compounding transportation needs in Washoe County and nationwide. 

Right now, public transit in Washoe County is operating at service levels comparable to the ‘90s, and officials with the Regional Transportation Commission say they only have enough money to keep running as is.

Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports that securing funding down the road for expanding services and renovating aging infrastructure remains a major question mark, one that could affect everything from economic development to quality of life.

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