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Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) is the public body responsible for the transportation needs throughout Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County, Nevada. The RTC, founded by the Nevada Legislature in 1979, is an amalgamation of the Regional Street and Highway Commission, the Regional Transit Commission and the Washoe County Area Transportation Study Policy Committee.[1] They provide public transportation services, street and highway construction, and transportation planning.

Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County
RTC Washoe logo.png
Founded1979; 40 years ago (1979) by the Nevada Legislature
HeadquartersReno, Nevada, U.S.
LocaleNorthern Nevada
Service areaWashoe County
Service typeBus service, paratransit, express bus service, highway construction and transportation planning


Public transportationEdit

RTC RideEdit

RTC RIDE is the public transit bus system.[2] From its inception as Citifare in the late 1970s, the system has since been rebranded and has grown to include a service area of approximately 60 square miles (160 km2) and an annual ridership of 7.5 million.


Citifare era (1978–2004)Edit

During the early part of the 20th century, streetcars provided public transportation between Reno and Sparks and served Downtown Reno, the University of Nevada, and the early suburbs of Reno. By the late 1920s, the streetcars became unprofitable and the tracks were removed. The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) created the Citifare bus system after several decades of substandard private bus transit. Citifare service began on September 17, 1978 with five used buses serving four routes. Throughout the next twenty five years, the system grew to a fleet of 75 buses operating 30 routes. These years also saw the construction of two transit centers—CitiCenter in Downtown Reno in 1984 and CitiStation near Victorian Square in Downtown Sparks. By 2003, the growing success of the system, coupled with planning efforts to incorporate bus rapid transit and transit oriented development into the community, lead the RTC to implement a rebranding of the entire organization, as well as Citifare, over the upcoming years.

RTC RIDE (2004–present)Edit

With the rebranding of the entire organization, planning, streets and highways construction, and public transportation were streamlined to provide a better identity for the organization and to improve service to the community. Original Nova coaches were gradually replaced with low floor Gillig coaches. New logos and bus livery was implemented. New shelters and bus stop signage were also introduced. The RTC also began working on new capital projects to replace the aging CitiCenter and CitiStation transit terminals. In October 2008, RTC opened RTC Centennial Plaza in Sparks and the RTC Citicenter in downtown Reno was replaced by the new RTC 4th Street Station on October 31, 2010.


Free rides apply to kids below 6 with fare-paying rider; limit 3.

Fares as of July 1, 2013:
On Board Cash Fare Adult Reduced
Youth, Senior, Disabled
Single Ride * $2 $1
Day Passes $3 $1.50
Prepurchased Passes
Day Pass $3 $1.50
7-Day $14.50 $6
31-Day $65 $32.5


Current RoutesEdit

RTC RIDE operates on a hub and spoke system, with routes that radiate out from the transit centers and then returning in. It also operates on a pulse system that allows for timed transfers at the transit centers every fifteen minutes. Routes 1-19 generally operate in the Reno area and originate from RTC 4TH STREET STATION. Routes 20-29 generally operate in the Sparks area and originate from RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA. Routes 50-59 generally operate in South Reno and originate from RTC MEADOWOOD MALL TRANSFER FACILITY.

  • 1- South Virginia
  • 2- 9th Street/Silverada/Sparks
  • 2s- West Sparks
  • 3- Kings Row/Mae Anne/Sky Mountain
  • 4- West 7th
  • 5- Sutro/Sun Valley
  • 6- Arlington/Moana
  • 7- Stead
  • 9- Kietzke
  • 11- 4th Street/Prater Way
  • 12- Terminal/Neil
  • 13- Kirman/Locust/Park Lane
  • 14- East Mill
  • 15- Sutro/Wedekind/TMCC
  • 16- Idlewild
  • 17- Lemmon Valley
  • 18- Glendale/Greg
  • 19- Wells/Plumb/Airport
  • 21- Sparks Marina
  • 25- East Prater/Baring
  • 26- East Prater
  • 54- Mira Loma/Rock
  • 56- South Meadows/Damonte Ranch
Former RoutesEdit

These are routes that formerly operated within the past 20 years:

  • 1- South Virginia (Replaced by RTC RAPID and RAPID CONNECT)
  • 8- Washington/Evans loop
  • 10- South Virginia
  • 10- Parr Blvd/TMCC (second iteration)
  • 11X- Reno-Sparks Express
  • 12- West Sparks (replaced by Route 2s)
  • 14A- Mill/Airport
  • 18X- Glendale-Greg Express (replaced by Route 28/discontinued in September 2017)
  • 19- Greg/Vista (second iteration)
  • 22- Northeast Sparks
  • 24- Vassar/Airport
  • 28- Glendale/Spice Island
  • 37- Moya/Lear (largely incorporated into route 7)
  • 55- Ridgeview
  • 57- Damonte Ranch (incorporated into route 56)
  • RTC CONNECT (Route was renamed back to route 1 on 8/11/13)



RTC RapidEdit

RTC Virginia Line
4th Street
SP Depot
Liberty Street
California Street
Center Street
Mt. Rose Street
Plumb Lane
Peckham Lane
  SR 667 (Kietzke Lane)
McCarran Boulevard
Meadowood Mall
  • RTC VIRGINIA LINE.[3] is Reno's express bus service operating along Virginia Street between Downtown Reno and Meadowood Mall. It has limited stops and runs at higher frequencies. As of October 6th, 2018, has been renamed to RTC Virginia Line.
  • RTC LINCOLN LINE[4] is a connecting express bus service operating alone 4th Street and Prater Way between Downtown Reno and Victorian Square (RTC Centennial Plaza). This service operates 4 stops. This Service has started on October 6th, 2018.

RTC Regional ConnectorEdit

RTC REGIONAL CONNECTOR[5] provides express bus service between Reno, Meadowood Mall, and Carson City.

RTC Sierra SpiritEdit

RTC AccessEdit

RTC ACCESS[7] is the system's paratransit service

RTC Smart TripsEdit

In addition to public transportation, RTC RIDE, through their program RTC SMART TRIPS,[8] provides services to assist those wishing to carpool for their commute.

RTC VanpoolEdit

RTC VANPOOL[9] is a membership-based service which allows commuters to rent a van for their commute. The van is driven by one of the members, who picks up and drops off other riders at an agreed-upon location. Expenses are shared by all riders, and subsidized by RTC.

RTC RideshareEdit

RTC RIDESHARE[10] is a free ride-matching program for the Truckee Meadows offered by RTC SMART TRIPS in partnership with Greenride.

Streets & HighwaysEdit

RTC's Streets and Highways program is a joint effort involving the City of Reno, the City of Sparks, the Washoe County, and RTC. Their primary responsibility is road repair and construction within their jurisdiction, specifically, regional roadways, high-traffic (greater than 5,000 avg. daily trips) streets, and roads that cross geographic barriers or that connect jurisdictions. Low-traffic and neighborhood streets are left to local jurisdictions.[11]


Perhaps RTC's most important duty is in the area of planning for the regions transportation needs. Planning is divided into long range and short range needs.[12]

Long Range PlanningEdit

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is RTC's plan to create and maintain the long-term transportation requirements for the Truckee Meadows. It addresses travel by all modes including automobiles, transit, bicycles, pedestrians, aviation, rail and goods movement as well as transportation management strategies to make the system more efficient.[13]

Short Range PlanningEdit

The Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) is RTC's short-range plan to meet the current needs of the Truckee Meadows. Spanning 5 years (FY 2009-2013), the current plan was approved on November 21, 2008.[14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About RTC". RTC Washoe. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  2. ^ "RTC RIDE". RTC Washoe. Archived from the original on November 30, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  3. ^ "RTC Virginia Line". RTC Washoe. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "RTC Lincoln Line". RTC Washoe. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "RTC REGIONAL CONNECTOR". RTC Washoe. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "RTC SIERRA SPIRIT". RTC Washoe. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  7. ^ "RTC ACCESS". RTC Washoe. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  8. ^ "RTC SMART TRIPS". RTC Washoe. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  9. ^ "RTC VANPOOL". RTC Washoe. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  10. ^ "RTC RIDESHARE". RTC Washoe. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  11. ^ "Streets & Highways". RTC Washoe. Retrieved October 13, 2008.
  12. ^ "Planning". RTC Washoe. Retrieved October 13, 2009.
  13. ^ "Long-Range Plan (RTP)". RTC Washoe. Retrieved October 13, 2009.
  14. ^ "Short-Range Plan (RTIP)". RTC Washoe. Retrieved October 13, 2009.

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