Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County

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This article is about the Regional Transportation Commission in Washoe County, Nevada. For the RTC in southern Nevada, see Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.
Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County
RTC Washoe logo.png
Founded 1979
Service type bus service, paratransit, express bus service, bus rapid transit, highway construction, transportation planning

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, created by the State of Nevada 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.

Public transportation[edit]

RTC Ride[edit]

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.


Fares as of July 1, 2013:
On Board Cash Fare Adult Reduced
Youth, Senior, Disabled
Single Ride * $2.00 $1.00
24-Hour $5.00 $2.50
Prepurchased Passes
24-Hour $3.75 $1.75
10-Ride $16.00 $8.00
7-Day $19.50 $9.75
31-Day $65.00 $32.50
31-Day Disabled N/A $26.00


Current Routes[edit]

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
  • 18X- Glendale/Greg Express
  • 19- Wells/Plumb/Airport
  • 21- Sparks Marina
  • 25- East Prater/Baring
  • 26- East Prater
  • 54- Mira Loma/Rock
  • 56- South Meadows/Damonte Ranch
Former Routes[edit]

These are routes that formerly operated within the past 10 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)
  • 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)


  • 1989-1993 TMC RTS (3 Remain - Bus #s 464, 467 and 474)
  • 2001 Neoplan USA AN460LF (Has been retired/Auctioned Off)
  • 2003-2004 Gillig Low Floor
  • 2004 Optimus Opus 25-Foot Bus (For Sierra Spirit Service / Has been retired/Auctioned Off)
  • 2005 Gillig Phantom (3 buses built, Fleet numbers 492, 493, and 494. Used on RTC INTERCITY route)
  • 2007 Gillig BRT Hybrid (2 buses built, Fleet numbers 503 and 504.)
  • 2008-2009 Gillig BRT Diesel
  • 2010 New Flyer DE60LFA (used on RTC RAPID service)
  • 2014 Proterra Ecoliner 35-Foot (used on Sierra Spirit, Route 6 and Route 19)
  • 2014 Gillig BRTPlus Hybrid (Used on Route 1 and some others)
  • 2016 Proterra Catalyst XM 40-Foot (4 Planned to be built)

RTC Rapid[edit]

RTC Rapid
4th Street SR 647
SP Depot Amtrak
Truckee River
Liberty Street
California Street
Center Street
Mt. Rose Street
Plumb Lane
Peckham Lane
SR 667 (Kietzke Lane)
I‑580 / US 395
SR 659
McCarran Boulevard
Meadowood Mall
  • RTC RAPID[3] is Reno's bus rapid transit service operating along Virginia Street between Downtown Reno and Meadowood Mall. It has limited stops and runs at higher frequencies. In addition, the system is being used as a possible interim step towards the installation of a streetcar or lightrail system.[4]
  • RTC RAPID CONNECT[3] is a local route serving Virginia Street between Downtown Reno and Meadowood Mall. Although it does not operate at the same frequency as RTC RAPID, it connects all bus stops and RTC RAPID stations. As of August 11, 2013, RTC RAPID CONNECT has been renamed back to the original routing number, Route 1 - South Virginia.

RTC Intercity[edit]

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

RTC Sierra Spirit[edit]

RTC Access[edit]

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

RTC Smart Trips[edit]

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 Vanpool[edit]

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 Rideshare[edit]

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

Streets & Highways[edit]

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 Planning[edit]

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 Planning[edit]

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 also[edit]


  1. ^ "About RTC". RTC Washoe. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ "RTC RIDE". RTC Washoe. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "RTC RAPID". RTC Washoe. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Reno Bus Rapid Transit - The Facts and Figures". Downtown Makeover. October 6, 2009. Retrieved November 5, 2009. 
  5. ^ "RTC INTERCITY". RTC Washoe. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  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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