4th Street|Prater Way
Bus RAPID Transit Project

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the project improvements?

The 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project will connect downtown Reno and Sparks with enhanced bus rapid transit (RTC RAPID) service, accessible sidewalks, and bike lanes. The project includes a 3.1-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) line in the 4th Street/Prater Way Corridor from Evans Way to Pyramid Way. The project includes eight passenger stations (four in each direction), off-vehicle fare collection, transit signal priority, real-time schedule information at stations and a bus charging facility. The project also includes conversion of the roadway from two lanes in each direction with no center turn lane to one lane in each direction with a center turn lane, new sidewalks, and bicycle lanes.

2. When will construction begin and end?

Construction will begin January 2017 and is expected to be completed in summer 2018.

3. What are the traffic impacts during construction?
  • Utility installations will be the first phase of construction and may include sidewalk closures, lane closures and minor detours.
  • Roadway improvements will require lane closures and minor detours.       The project team anticipates constructing one side of the roadway at a time. One lane in each direction will be maintained.
4. What is the project cost and how is it being funded?

The total project cost – including construction, right-of-way acquisition, design, permitting, and construction management – is approximately $58 million primarily funded with federal dollars. (TIGER Grant funding, Small Starts Grant and RTC-5)

5. What utility improvements and impacts are expected?

Several of the utilities along the project corridor will be upgraded during construction. The project team is working closely with all utilities and partner agencies including, NV Energy, AT&T, Charter, Verizon, Zayo Communications, Union Pacific Railroad, Kinder Morgan, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, the Cities of Sparks and Reno, and NDOT.  Construction operations will be combined whenever possible to minimize impacts to customers and reduce traffic closures.  In the event of an outage or service disruption, customers will receive a written notice at least 72 hours in advance and personal contact/notification at least 48 hours prior to service disruption.

6. How can I support businesses within the project corridor during construction?

The RTC and project team encourage the community to support businesses during construction. We developed an easy incentive program for the community to support businesses.

Sign up to receive project updates at: 4thPrater.com

Registration automatically results in an opportunity to receive a $25 gift card to a participating business of your choice.

One gift card will be distributed every week during construction.

All businesses within the project corridor are encouraged to participate at no cost to promote their business. Please email info@4thprater.com, call 775-323-9335 or text “4prater” to 797979 for more information.