The $3 million federal grant means the Regional Transportation Commission will be able to buy three hybrid buses for the Virginia Street corridor. Public transportation director David Jickling says the buses will be able to carry more passengers, run cleaner and be much quieter than diesel buses. He says the RTC had to cut back on service during the recession, but is looking ahead.
Jickling: Our goal is to ultimately carry 25 to 30 percent of all trips in that corridor. Today we’re carrying about six or seven percent. Before we had to reduce service we were carrying a little over 10-percent of all the trips on Virginia Street between downtown Reno and Meadowood Mall.
The extra-long buses will be able to carry 150 passengers each and run every 10 minutes. Jickling says the RTC will also upgrade stops and controls along the route that will make it more like a light rail line than a bus line.