Welcome to the latest issue of Fuel for Thought, a quarterly newsletter of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC). The newsletter’s goal is to keep Southern Nevadans informed about the progress and accomplishments from their contributions to the Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI) initiative. Proceeds from FRI are funding hundreds of transportation projects throughout the valley and adding thousands of jobs, supporting economic diversification and improving the quality of life for all Southern Nevadans.
Now that passage of Question 5 is in our rearview mirror, Southern Nevada jurisdictions are looking ahead. Existing projects are being completed and additional ones are being prioritized in an effort to best serve the roadway and pedestrian safety needs of residents and visitors over the next 10 years.
These projects will address safety, maintenance, congestion management, roadway capacity and better connectivity at a critical time of growth that could see up to 700,000 more Southern Nevada residents by 2026.
Drivers – visitors and residents alike – contribute to these projects every time they fuel their vehicles with gasoline.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is working closely with local jurisdictions to manage project funding of up to $3 billion for hundreds of projects over the next 10 years. These projects will benefit residents across the valley, from children and pedestrians crossing upgraded intersections to motorists saving on vehicle maintenance and fuel thanks to improved roadway surfaces and reduced traffic congestion. Ultimately, Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI) projects will help Southern Nevadans travel more safely and efficiently while also creating up to 25,000 jobs, including work for small businesses and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE).
Realizing the frustration that road construction can create, the RTC’s ongoing Seeing Orange campaign, named for the infamous orange cones that mark construction sites, will continue to provide the public with easy access to project information. The RTC will also continue to facilitate coordination among local entities responsible for road construction projects through the Regional Project Coordination Committee and Cone Management Working Group.
Fuel Revenue Indexing helps cover the growing gap in funding to improve, maintain and expand our roads, improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and enhance connectivity. As we begin working on FRI-funded project over the next 10 years, the RTC is committed to:
For more information about the extension of Fuel Revenue Indexing, visit rtcsnv.com/fri.
With 166 design and construction contracts awarded as of December 31, you may have seen several complete streets pop up in your neighborhood. Complete streets is a transportation policy and design approach that requires streets to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained to enable safe, convenient and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation. Simply put, a complete street makes room for everyone - motorists, transit riders, pedestrians and cyclists.
Some of these projects include a new pedestrian flasher at Alexander Road and Arcata Way, as well as new bike lanes on Racetrack Road from Boulder Highway to Athens Avenue, and on Warm Springs Road from Arroyo Grande Boulevard to Boulder Highway.
The extension of FRI brings with it many more complete streets projects, making our valley roadways safer for motorists, transit riders, pedestrians and cyclists.
In addition, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles offers motorists the option of donating $2 to support complete streets projects when residents renew vehicle registrations online or at kiosks.
Check out the below video for some other complete streets projects throughout Southern Nevada.