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Reno RTC, Capital Metro Receive Federal Excellence Awards

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC), Reno, NV, and the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro), Austin, TX, are among eight honorees in the 2015 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards Program developed by FTA and FHWA.

The program recognizes and celebrates the innovative transportation planning practices of planners and decision makers in communities across the country.

RTC’s 4th Street/Prater Way BRT Project, scheduled to begin construction in 2017, will improve connections between downtown Reno and downtown Sparks. The route will operate with four new electric buses; other improvements will include widening and improving sidewalks to comply with ADA and the introduction of bike lanes, new lighting and landscaping.

Capital Metro’s “Project Connect North Corridor: Taking Transit Where No Transit Has Gone Before!” incorporates local and express bus routes, BRT and new park-and-ride lots to ease congestion in a rapidly growing 28-mile corridor between central Austin and neighboring Georgetown. Since more than half of the study area falls outside the agency’s service area, the planning team undertook a comprehensive public outreach approach to generate support for the program. The first phase of service is planned to begin by 2016.

The program is cosponsored by the American Planning Association. For more information, click here.
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