Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Representative Mark Amodei (R-Nev.-02) released the following statement celebrating the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) announcement of a $40.4 million Capital Investment Grant (CIG) to fund the Reno Virginia Street BRT Extension Project. This project will extend Reno’s existing bus rapid transit service that operates in the Virginia Street corridor by 1.8 miles, linking the University of Nevada, Reno’s campus with Reno’s Midtown District.
“The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County is in the midst of a vital and exciting public transit expansion project to connect downtown Reno with the University of Nevada, Reno. These funds are critical to the completion of the project, which will help improve pedestrian safety, provide residents with a reliable, fast public transportation option and stimulate Midtown’s economy. We will continue to fight to ensure federal funding and support for projects that help Nevada’s cities grow and thrive.”
The Virginia Street BRT Extension project is a 1.8-mile extension of BRT service operating in the Virginia Street corridor, from its existing northern terminus in downtown Reno to the University of Nevada, Reno. The project also includes upgrades to the existing BRT service from downtown Reno south to the Midtown District. Upon final FTA approval of a construction grant agreement, the project will receive $40.4 million in FY 2018 CIG funds to complete the CIG funding request.