transportation

Amrtrak train tracks along Truckee
ThisisReno

Last May, 22-year-old Aaron Salazar was found severely injured along the train tracks in Truckee. While his recovery continues, Amtrak has released little information about its ongoing investigation into what happened.

For the latest update, KUNR's Michelle Billman checked in with Bob Conrad, publisher of ThisisReno, who has kept in touch with Salazar and his family.

A man rides a bike on a street.
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The City of Reno has extended its pilot project with Lime, the dockless bike and electric scooter company. KUNR Contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has more.

Nevada Mining 'Are Dying For Rail'

Sep 5, 2018
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Economic Development officials in Nevada are looking for ways to expand the use of rail systems across the state. Our contributor, Kaleb Roedel with the Northern Nevada Business View has more.

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On Monday, President Donald Trump finally unveiled his long awaited infrastructure plan. It includes $200 billion in new funding, but under the proposed incentive structure, only 20 percent of any given project can be funded by the federal government.

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Anyone who frequently drives along Interstate 80 across the Sierra has probably experienced travel delays due to heavy traffic or snow. Historian Alicia Barber looks back at early efforts to make the journey smoother in this segment of Time & Place.

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These days, many look to electric cars and buses as the future of transportation. But using electricity to power vehicles isn’t entirely new. In fact, Reno was on the cutting edge of electric transit more than a century ago. Historian Alicia Barber explains in this segment of Time and Place.

Reno Youth Radio

Some lower-income veterans in Reno face a lot of challenges. Lack of transportation can make it even harder. Now the Kiwanis Bike Project is offering veterans a way to learn to fix bikes and get that much-needed transportation. Reno Youth Radio’s Wyatt Daane checked it out.
 

At Kiwanis Bikes you are surrounded by a sea of bicycles and bike experts. On this day, those experts are listening to the radio and helping nine veterans. The bikes they fix will help them get back on their feet.

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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.

Nevada Department of Transportation

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. 

Julia Ritchey

The Tahoe Transportation District is taking over control of daily operations for its 42 bus routes around the south shore of Lake Tahoe.

The District will not renew a contract with company Keolis, which had been operating its bus system for the last few years.  

Carl Hasty is district manager for the agency. He says this will help them be more efficient as they work toward increasing ridership around the lake.

Julia Ritchey

Tahoe transportation officials hope to drum up support for a project that could alleviate traffic woes at the state line. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Carl Hasty of the Tahoe Transportation District gave a bus tour last week to local media on a project that would reconfigure the main artery running through South Lake Tahoe.

Of the five proposals under consideration, Hasty is advocating for one that would realign four lanes of U.S. Highway 50 along Lake Parkway behind Harrah's and Montbleu casinos to the Village Shopping Center.

Julia Ritchey

Yesterday we looked at ways Lake Tahoe jurisdictions are reducing how much road grit is polluting the water. But environmentalists contend the only meaningful way to “Keep Tahoe Blue” is getting people out of their cars altogether. Our reporter Julia Ritchey explores if that’s really feasible.

At a bus stop off Highway 50 outside of The League to Save Lake Tahoe headquarters, Jesse Patterson is waiting.

Drunk Driving Deaths Way Down In Nevada

Jan 1, 2016
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Nevada is making serious progress against drunk driving with almost 25 percent fewer deaths in 2015 compared with the year before.

As of last week, 61 people had died in alcohol-related crashes in Nevada, 20 fewer than in 2014.

Kathleen Bienenstein is program coordinator for Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Southern Nevada. She says the advent of ride-sharing services in the state should continue driving the number of deaths down. 

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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.”

Lawsuit Dropped Against SouthEast Connector

Nov 20, 2015

Opponents have dropped a lawsuit against the SouthEast Connector — a major road project that will link Sparks to south Reno. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

A coalition of community activists filed the suit, accusing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Washoe County's Regional Transportation Commission of not adequately examining the project's environmental impact.

After twice failing to win a preliminary injunction this year, the coalition voluntarily withdrew its legal action on Wednesday.

UNR Awarded Bike Friendly Status

Nov 17, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the University of Nevada, Reno and the entire region for being bike friendly. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey reports.

This is the first time UNR has gotten this recognition, joining 127 other colleges and universities across the U.S.

Amy Fitch is a lecturer and head of the Campus Bicycle Committee, which helped spearhead the nomination.

Cyclists Push For More Access On Virginia Street

Aug 26, 2015
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Washoe County's Regional Transportation Committee held another public meeting Tuesday night on its ambitious $60 million project along the Virginia Street corridor. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there and tells us some cycling advocates are disappointed with the lack of bike lanes.

The design phase of the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension project is about 15 percent complete, and project leaders hope to have a final version by next March. 

The vital corridor will see extended bus service, more bike lanes, improved pedestrian walkways and wider sidewalks. 

Nevada Department of Transportation

There will be lane closures south of the Spaghetti Bowl on Interstate 580 in Reno beginning Sunday. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has details.

Regional Transportation Commission

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.

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. 

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