25 Apr Announcing the RTC Lincoln Line
On April 23rd, the RTC unveiled the name of a new transit line that will serve the 4th Street and Prater Way Corridor. The name was selected from 231 submissions from members of the public via the RTC website, social media and suggestion boxes at transit stations.
Embargoed until after the official announcement at 10:40 am on Saturday, April 23, the new transit line will be named the “RTC LINCOLN LINE.” The name reflects the historical nature of the corridor, which was once part of the famous Lincoln Highway. Today, many historic buildings have been repurposed, making the area a center for arts, culture and breweries.
The announcement was made at RTC 4TH STREET STATION at 10:40 am just before the parade that kicked off the 4th Street block party. Events took place on 4th Street from 11 am to 6 pm between Lake Street and Elko Street. The celebration includes: a pop-up market place, stilt walkers, food trucks and muralists. The event was designed to build a sense of community and was created after innovators from across the country visited Reno for the Next City Vanguard Conference in May 2015. The conference brought together leaders in urban planning to offer advice for revitalization and growth.
The RTC LINCOLN LINE, which will have all-electric buses and be the nation’s first all-electric Bus RAPID Transit Service, will begin operations in early 2019. It is largely made possible thanks to a $16 million federal TIGER grant. Plans for 4th Street and Prater Way also involve undergrounding utility lines, planting trees, making the area accessible to everyone under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), widening sidewalks and adding new bike lanes.