FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2023
Sue Christiansen, RTC, 702-676-1891 Office, ChristiansenS@rtcsnv.com
Jacob Sanders, RTC, (702) 676-1575 Office, firstname.lastname@example.org
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LAS VEGAS – The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) will receive $1.68 million in federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Safe Streets for All grant program to develop an action plan to increase safety for all roadway users. This funding will allow the RTC to work with local jurisdictions, safety experts, and community members to improve roadway safety throughout Southern Nevada.
The RTC, in partnership with the Nevada Department of Transportation, Clark County and the Cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City and Mesquite, will use the grant to develop safety solutions in high-crash locations. With 128 traffic deaths in Clark County last year, the goal is to reduce serious vehicle crashes by identifying and solving for the most significant safety factors, including speed, roadway width and lighting.
“The RTC is incredibly grateful for this federal funding that aims to do just what it says – create safe streets for all. I have long supported Complete Streets projects to help address roadway safety, and this funding will help our planners, engineers and community members implement those elements as an action plan to reduce traffic fatalities throughout our valley,” said Clark County Commissioner and RTC Vice Chairman Justin Jones. “We couldn’t do what we do without the continued support of our federal delegation, who work tirelessly to assist the RTC in its efforts to provide safe, equitable transportation for Southern Nevada.”
In addition to collecting and analyzing data, researching nationwide best practices, and providing technical reviews, the RTC and its partners will implement a robust community engagement effort to gather insights from those who walk, bike, drive, and use transit. The action plan is expected to take 18-24 months to complete and will include an in-depth assessment of roadway safety impacts.
“As community connectors, the safety of our residents and visitors is a top priority. From the bus system and traffic signals to bike lanes and sidewalks, transportation is a cornerstone of our community,” said RTC CEO M.J. Maynard. “This is a unique opportunity to work with our local governments, NDOT and key stakeholders to take a fresh look at roadway safety and put a plan into action that focuses on the people we are connecting, no matter the mode they choose.”
About the RTC
The RTC is the transit authority, designated metropolitan planning organization, regional traffic management agency and administrator of the Southern Nevada Strong comprehensive regional plan for the Las Vegas valley. The RTC’s vision is to advance regionally transformative mobility solutions through equitable, innovative and sustainable infrastructure development. The RTC’s mission is to elevate quality of life for residents and visitors through sustainable planning, collaborative problem-solving, and safe and equitable transportation service. For more information about the RTC and its major initiatives or to download its transit app rideRTC, visit rtcsnv.com and stay informed by subscribing to our blog.