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THE ROAD AHEAD

DEVELOPING THE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK FOR WASHOE COUNTY, NEVADA

WINTER 2009

In This Issue

Cover All Roads Lead to Jobs: RTC-5 2 Greg Krause Retires 4 Derek Morse Named Interim Director 5 4TH STREET STATION

All roAds leAd to jobs

-- Greg Krause, Executive Director You'll be hearing from RTC that all roads lead to jobs--3,000 new highway construction jobs in Washoe County. Thanks to voter support of RTC-5 on the November 2008 ballot, we are going to the Nevada Legislature for approval to implement RTC-5. RTC-5 will index fuel taxes in Washoe County, adding about 2 cents per gallon to the cost of gas in July 2009, and add a few cents per year in the future so RTC can make much needed improvements to our transportation system. We hope the legislature will approve the RTC-5 enabling legislation early in the session so we can quickly begin to put people back to work designing and then building these critical projects. We already have projects ready and waiting to be built and they will result in new jobs and money spent right here in Washoe County. In just the next three years, RTC-5 will allow for $240 million in bonds to be issued by the RTC so we can fund dozens of transportation projects to repair pavements and build new and widened arterials to help relieve congestion. At the same time, the national economic stimulus package from Washington, D.C., may send as much as $40 million to northern Nevada. That money will help NDOT and the RTC get freeway congestion relief projects like U.S. 395 from Moana to I-80, and the I-580/Meadowood Interchange project underway in the next year. Finally, my job is coming to an end. I have spent 27 years calling the RTC my home away from home and now I am looking ahead to a time when I can find even more ways to enjoy the community we love. In the meantime, please know that Derek Morse, RTC deputy executive director, is working hard to see that the legislators from all over the state understand the importance of recognizing the voters' will on RTC-5 and the critical need for RTC-5 to become law quickly enabling us to begin to rebuild our economy and build a better future for our community.

3,000 jobs

rtC-5 NoW HeAdING For leGIslAtIVe APProVAl Voters approved RTC-5, the ballot question that would adjust fuel tax to inflation. The Nevada Legislature is expected to take action early in the session to put the new revenue stream in place this year. Once that happens, the RTC intends to bond about $240 million over three years, money that will be raised and invested locally, and reinvested many times. It will accelerate needed road projects that are ready to go. RTC estimates the new projects made possible by RTC-5 will create 3,000 well paying construction jobs. National studies indicate every $1 in surface transportation money spent creates $4 in direct economic benefits, something that couldn't come at a better time for Northern Nevada. "In addition to design and construction companies, their material and equipment suppliers, employees and everyone they do business with will do their share to stimulate the local economy," said RTC Deputy Executive Director Derek Morse. Additional RTC funding in Washoe County will also create positive benefits for NDOT by constructing a portion of projects on the NDOT system that currently lack funding. Rapid legislative action on RTC-5 will create jobs, stimulate the local economy and provide infrastructure investments that will benefit the entire community for years to come. It will address more than 50 percent of the street and highway shortfall and recover an estimated $2.6 billion dollars in lost purchasing power. Voters approved RTC-5 by 55% in November 2008.

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rtC CeNteNNIAl PlAZA oPeNs

Eight years in the making, the brand new RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA TRANSIT CENTER in Sparks was dedicated Oct. 21 and went into service on Oct. 26. Board Chairman David Humke and Executive Director Greg Krause led guests in chanting "Move that Bus" as two RTC RIDE coaches revealed the new station. The commission unveiled a plaque dedicating the facility as the John Mayer Transit Center and followed with the ceremonial ribbon cutting. RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA replaces a closet-sized transit station long outgrown for the service it provided. The new center is designed to grow with the community and serve passengers for decades to come. Funded with federal dollars specifically for buildings, the project included a land donation by the City of Sparks valued at $1.7 million and cooperation with neighboring John Ascuaga's Nugget which provided some of its land as well.

Chris Tschirhart was the RTC project manager for design and construction. He began working on the project in 2002 when Parsons Brinckerhoff was in the first phases of creating what would become a sparkling center at Victorian Square. Next, West Coast Contractors of Nevada would take the handoff for construction. From art to architecture, bays to bricks and canopies to commemorative gardens, the new center blends the best of the community, honoring the rich traditions of Sparks, its rail past and its promising future. New York artist Donald Lipski created the signature artwork for RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA. His work is a 40-foot cow catcher sculpture. The piece took two cranes to install, weighs between 12 and 15 tons and includes dramatic LED lighting. Lipski is an internationally known artist with works in the permanent collections of museums around the world. He was chosen by a panel from the area's art community.

At last, Sparks' new RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA gets a formal welcome from Congressman Dean Heller, casino icon John Ascuaga, RTC Board Chair and Washoe County Commissioner David Humke, retiring Sparks City Councilman and RTC Commissioner John Mayer, Reno City Councilman and RTC Commissioner David Aiazzi, Sparks City Councilman Phil Salerno and Mayor Geno Martini.

GreG KrAUse ANd tHe rtC--A CAreer oF serVICe oVer tHree deCAdes

In 1982, the U.S. gross domestic product was $3.2 billion, now it is $14 billion. Federal spending was in billions, not trillions. Michael Jackson released Thriller and Cats opened on Broadway. Though the unemployment rate was at 9.7 percent, a young man found a job at the Regional Transportation Commission. He was Greg Krause and 27 years later, he is heading for retirement. Krause began at the RTC as a planner. Trained in land use planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, he put those skills to work on the big picture for transportation in the Truckee Meadows. He has been actively involved in all aspects of the RTC's business, including transit service provision, street and highway development, marketing and promotions, financial planning and obtaining funding for projects. He was the RTC's planning director for seven years. He became RTC executive director in April 2001. In addition to his leadership in transportation, Krause is widely regarded by the community for his service to programs and projects that help those in need. He is currently chair of United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra and has been a driving force behind community service projects sponsored by the RTC. He works tirelessly to encourage others to volunteer their time and talent for a better community. The RTC is grateful for his service. He retires February 2.

Clockwise from top left: while "off duty" at a retreat, gazing out the window at I-80 prompted Greg Krause to time traffic flow; Greg celebrates the 25th anniversary of RTC RIDE in the conga line; smiling upon retirement set for Feb. 2; and looking a little trendy in days gone by...

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Photograph by Lowell Brinson

RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA incorporates art and history with steel beam cutouts and a historic mural by local artist Loren Jahn and includes space for rotating local art exhibits. In partnership with the Sparks Heritage Museum, the RTC art show begins with a black and white historical photo exhibit. Opening day also marked the 30th anniversary of RTC RIDE. Three people have been with RIDE since almost the beginning. Coach Operators Christopher Rivera and John Paul Cross along with Maintenance Supervisor Marty Brecke are marking their 28th year with the system. Transit Management of Washoe, Inc., a subsidiary corporation of First Transit, Inc., operates RTC RIDE buses under a public private partnership that began in 1978. Mike Steele is the general manager, Joel Gardner is director of operations and Joe Jackson is director of maintenance. TMW service includes 27 bus routes, 1,200 bus stops, about 72 motor coaches and delivery of more than nine million rides a year in a 69-square-mile RTC service area. eArtH FrIeNdlY CeNter Is GreeN ANd sIlVer The RTC will pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification on RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA. LEED is a certification program of the United States Green Building Council which rates buildings on many factors including sustainable development, water and energy efficiency, use of materials and resources, indoor environmental air quality and innovation.

Among its achievements are high-efficiency heating and air conditioning, a storm water management system to reduce runoff, water saving landscaping, energy saving lighting, highly reflective roofing, material, old asphalt and concrete on site was pulverized and used as aggregate, reused steel rebar and recycled steel in beams and columns. Upon completion of the certification, the RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA is expected to achieve LEED silver rating. thanks to businesses that made the new center a reality: WEST COAST CONTRACTORS OF NEVADA, PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF, COLLABORATIVE DESIGN STUDIO, CASTAWAY TRASH HAULING, SECURITAS SECURITY SERVICES, FCC COMMUNICATIONS, MOUNTAIN WEST EXCAVATION, COMMERCIAL STONE GROUP, LINDELL'S PAINTING SERVICES, WISCONSIN TERRAZZO & TILE, SUN SEALER, THOLL FENCE, SCOTT MEEKS AND SON CONCRETE, HANNAN SPECIALTIES, SIERRA WINDS, ELLIS & ELLIS SIGN SYSTEMS, AL, INC., PAWLING CORPORATION, HENRI SPECIALTIES, TMC INC., BRAHMA GROUP, MARTIN IRON WORKS, SOUTHAM & ASSOCIATES, HARRIS REBAR, HOOLEY CAULKING, D&D OVERHEAD DOOR, EXCEL WEST ARCH. BLDG. PRODUCTS, KARLSON BLINDS, INSULPRO PROJECTS, INCLINE GLASS, ANCHOR DOOR & HARDWARE, NORTH AMERICAN BULLET PROOF, B.T. MANCINI, STILLWATER ENTERPRISES, DLE MANUF. REPRESENTATIVES, JACKSON QUALITY DRYWALL, DELTA FIRE SYSTEMS, J.W. MCCLENAHAN COMPANY, APPLIED MECHANICAL, ENLINK GEOENERGY SERVICES, MERIT ELECTRIC, NELSON ELECTRIC, SPAN SYSTEMS, UNITED LAB EQUIPMENT, CASEWORK SOLUTIONS, FABRITEC, KOCH ELEVATOR, SUPER CURB & CONCRETE, SIGNATURE LANDSCAPES AND SAFEGUARD SAFETY.

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NeW roAd sUIts Its NeIGHborHood

rtC CoNtrACtors reCoGNIZed

Congratulations to Pinnacle Award Winners presented by the Associated General Contractors for RTC projects. · Lindell's Painting won for RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA for environmentally friendly applications to prevent graffiti · Martin Iron Works, for ornate structural steel at RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA · Sierra Nevada Construction, for improvements and reconstruction of the Pyramid Highway/La Posada/Eagle Canyon Drive Intersection

CoNtrACt AGreemeNt reACHed

Transit Management Washoe Inc., RTC's contractor for RIDE bus operations, reports that they have reached agreement with Teamsters Local 533 on a three-year contract for coach operators and dispatchers. The agreement was ratified by a vote on Jan. 18 and extends through July 2011.

RTC funded design of a new area road so it would have minimal impact on the Sun Valley Regional Park and its neighborhood. RTC Senior Engineer Howard Riedl was the project lead. Deputy Executive Director Derek Morse helped unveil it.

HolIdAYs brIGHter WItH rtC PArtNersHIPs

Holiday cheer spread through town on a bus or two this season. The RTC partnered with Reno Radio Representatives, the Atlantis Casino and the Salvation Army on Camp Christmas, collecting nearly 700 toys for needy children and gifts for seniors. Next, the bus, twinkling and all decked out by RIDE mechanics, made its way to Food for Fare, the partnership with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Riders donated thousands of pounds of food to stock the shelves for the community and the RTC Holiday Express delivered them live on KTVN Ch2. Finally, the RTC provided the 24th annual New Year's Eve Safe Ride Home Program, generously underwritten by Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, Reno Radio Representatives, KOLO 8 News Now, AAA Nevada, RSCVA, REMSA, Washoe County Sheriff's Department, Reno Firefighters Local 731 and Morrey Distributing. More than 5,600 riders hopped on board, the highest ridership since 1994.

dereK morse NAmed INterIm rtC eXeCUtIVe dIreCtor

Derek Morse was named RTC interim executive director by the RTC Board. He served as executive director from 1999 to 2001. Morse later returned to the RTC as deputy executive director and served as the agency's chief planner. He joined the RTC in November 1993 as engineering director. Morse has been involved in the development and implementation of the Regional Road Impact Fee, the increase of the local gasoline tax to support improvements and the successful WC-2 ballot initiative, which indexed local fuel tax rates to inflation and added one-eighth percent to the transportation sales tax. He has been involved in virtually every aspect of the RTC's business including rehabilitation and construction of regional roads, long-range transportation planning and intergovernmental affairs. He is spearheading the legislative approval process for RTC-5, the ballot question approved by voters in November to increase revenues for streets and highways and create 3,000 jobs. Morse worked in the public and private sectors in the U.S. and Europe. He served as the executive director of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority in Florida, worked for the cities of Casper, Wyoming, and New Britain, Connecticut, for AMAX Coal Company, for the U.S. Forest Service and for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Europe building Cruise Missile bases and communities to support them. A 1976 graduate of Idaho State University, Morse received a Master of Science degree from Colorado State University in 1986. He is a Registered Professional Engineer.

RTC partners Carole Miller, Salvation Army, and Bill Schulz, from Bill and Connie on ALICE 96.5 celebrate Camp Christmas. Thanks to Schulz, Connie Wray and their Reno Radio Representatives for backing all three RTC holiday events.

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NeW stAtIoN stArts IN sPrING

Downtown Reno's new RTC 4TH STREET STATION, set to serve the core for decades to come, is on track to break ground in spring. The construction contract was advertised in December 2008 and is set to be awarded in February. Work is expected to last 15 months, with delivery of the project in summer 2010. HDR Engineering will manage construction services under the RTC's direction by project manager Chris Tschirhart. Federal capital funds intended for facilities will make up the bulk of the $37 million budget.

At the pre-bid conference, construction companies are hopeful for work on 4TH STREET STATION.

CommUNItIes teAm UP For 2040 PlAN oK

The federally mandated 2040 Regional Transportation Plan was approved by the RTC board in November in compliance with the metropolitan transportation planning process specified by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act-A Legacy for Users, known as SAFETEA-LU. The RTP is intended as the region's vision for a system that provides mobility for current and future residents using all modes of surface transportation. The document also serves a dual role as the transportation element of the Truckee Meadows Regional Plan. Federal regulations require the document to be fiscally constrained and to include extensive public involvement. The RTC thanks the broad-based group that worked as the RTP Steering Committee meeting twice a month since August 2007. To say the plan is a product of cooperation and consensus is an understatement. Partners included representatives from 24 planning areas, a planning commissioner from three local jurisdictions, the RTC's Public Transportation and Citizens advisory committees, NDOT, Washoe County School District, a business and economic voice, two development representatives, a bicycle advocate and an open space member. Other organizations included the Storey County Commission, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Carson City, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, Washoe County District Health Department-Air Quality Management District, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and the State Historic Preservation Office.

emPloYers mAKe trANsIt WorK

The RTC salutes its business community partners who continue to support the RTC SMART TRIPS Program to help employees make use of transit to get to work in tough economic times. · ALS Chemex · Atlantis Casino Resort Spa · Circus Circus Hotel & Casino · City of Reno · Eldorado Hotel Casino · Frontier Financial Credit Union · Gold Dust West Casino · Grand Sierra Resort & Casino · Harrah's Reno · IGT · Intuit · John Ascuaga's Nugget · Kohl's Department Store - Reno · Manpower · Marriott Residence Inn · Peppermill Hotel Casino · Renown Health · Sands Regency Casino & Hotel · Silver Legacy Resort Casino · Spherion Staffing · Tamarack Junction Casino · Wal-Mart #3254 (Mae Anne/McCarran) · Wal-Mart #3729 (Pyramid Way) · Western Village Inn & Casino For information contact 348-Pool.

CUts AHeAd For rtC trANsIt

For some time the RTC has been talking about how to grapple with decreased funding. RTC-2 asked for a one-eighth cent increase in sales tax to fund transit, but that was not approved. Sales taxes fund approximately 70 percent of the service. With those revenues declining over the past two years, the RTC Board now has to eliminate about 25 percent of RTC RIDE and RTC ACCESS service to meet the budget, resulting in deep cuts. The board will make the tough decisions on these services after hearing from the public. Seven public open houses were held in January to share information with the public and gather their ideas.

At a January public hearing, the board agreed to reduce RTC SIERRA SPIRIT from 3 buses to 2 and cut about half of RTC INTERCITY service between Reno and Carson City. These service reductions will be effective March 1. The board will hold a second hearing in February and take comments on proposals to cut an additional 11% of RTC RIDE effective May 3. Almost every route will be affected by the changes, with some routes shortened and others running less often. Final cuts to RTC RIDE, as necessary, could begin on August 30 and changes to RTC ACCESS coming on July 1. "RTC staff will do anything they can do to reduce the impact of schedule cuts and changes," said Public Transportation Director David Jickling.

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rtC eNGINeers eArN tWo APWA ProjeCt oF tHe YeAr AWArds

Brenda Lee and Michele Dennis were recognized at the annual meeting of the Nevada Chapter of the American Public Works Association. They won separate project of the year awards in the statewide competition after making in-depth presentations to the judges who were hidden in the conference's audience. Lee won for projects over $20 million statewide and Dennis won for those between $10 million and $20 million. Dennis earned her award for work on the Pyramid Highway Lee, left, and Dennis improvements at La Posada/Eagle Canyon including two roundabouts. Lee garnered the top prize for the U.S. 395 improvements at Clear Acre Lane that included the McCarran Bridge. Entries from northern and southern Nevada were judged based on service to the public, community need, intricacy of design, aesthetic value, difficulty of construction, cost and time growth, and complexity of financial background. "We try to be sensitive to the needs of the residents and business owners and we weigh serving the public. I found my project complex. Every day there were new things to take care of," said Lee, who began working on the project in 1999. Construction began in 2004 and wrapped up in 2007. When the projects were finished, the two engineers sent surveys to many customers within the work area to solicit feedback on how things worked and what can be improved. The RTC uses the information to improve processes and to apply them to projects to come.

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