Passenger Transport May 2018 Vol 76 No 9 - 23

2018 BUS & PARATRANSIT CONFERENCE

RTC Washoe to Open New Bus RAPID Transit Line
BY LEE G. GIBSON
Executive Director
Regional Transportation Commission
of Washoe County
Washoe County, NV

T

he Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County,
NV, is transforming a historic
corridor connecting its two main cities,
Reno and Sparks.
When it is complete this fall, RTC's
4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit
Project will include enhanced BRT service, ADA-accessible sidewalks, new bike
lanes, fresh landscaping, environmentally friendly LED lighting and more-

inviting storefronts along its 3.1-mile
corridor. The project, to include eight
visually enhanced BRT stations and an
electric bus-charging facility, will complement our existing RTC RAPID BRT
route as we work to connect people
between our two cities' downtown areas.
This mobility-improving project will
promote alternative modes of transportation, including using public transit,
biking and walking, and honor the corridor's special history along the historic
Lincoln Highway. It will also provide
improved access to jobs and educational
opportunities.
As part of the project, the RTC will
introduce five new fully electric buses

to its fleet. While the electric buses
will help RTC with our future goal to
become a fully electric, sustainable bus
fleet, they will also honor the region's
cultural and historical past.
The Reno-Sparks area has a diverse,
rich and entrepreneurial history that
we are highlighting by incorporating
innovative design elements into our
new transit service, the Lincoln Line.
In an homage to the corridor's Lincoln
Highway roots, the electric buses and
BRT stations will feature vintage photos
from the roadway's history and images
of President Lincoln. The RAPID bus station shelters along this route will display
historic murals embedded within glass

ChargePoint: Continuing to Generate
New Ideas for Fueling Electric Fleets
AS MORE PUBLIC TRANSIT
agencies electrify their fleets-to meet
sustainability goals, save money and
reduce pollution-more charging infrastructure becomes available and barriers
to transitioning to an electric fleet are
quickly going the way of the dinosaur.
ChargePoint's Express Depot differs
from traditional charging stations that
can only dispense a fixed power capacity
at any given time; instead, it can intelligently share power among multiple
buses. This enables installation of more
charging ports than the existing site
electrical capacity allows, while smart
algorithms ensure buses get a sufficient

and timely charge, allowing public
transit agencies to avoid costly power
demand and peak demand charges.
With the ChargePoint Network,
a system can be configured to adjust
parameters in real time, based on inputs
from external sources such as utility grid
operators or from fleet and depot management platforms.
Take for example, a 150kW charger
with two charging ports. It can charge
two buses simultaneously up to 75kW
each but, based on operational needs,
the operator can adjust the power
availability and reduce overall system
demand to avoid unnecessary power

demand and peak demand charges,
significantly reducing operation costs.
Without a smart, networked charging
solution, this cannot be done.
In addition to dynamically managing
the charging system, the ChargePoint
Network monitors and manages the
charging hardware and all active charging sessions. Leveraging this level of
proactive monitoring through Cloud
Services allows for active alarm response
and preventive maintenance planning,
which in turn supports optimization of
the depot charging system, while ensuring reliable transit operations.

Artist rendering of a new RTC Lincoln Line BRT
station depicting the July 4, 1910, Johnson vs.
Jeffries "Battle of the Century," fought in Reno, NV.

on the station's shelter.
Additionally, during the course of
community engagement and outreach,
the RTC worked with the corridor's
residents and business owners to create
oral histories to document the area's
heritage. The revitalization of this corridor includes new businesses repurposing old buildings into new, mixed-use
community and entertainment spaces.
It is also becoming a location for artists
that create art for the annual Burning
Man event that takes place on the Playa
in the Black Rock Desert, north of the
Reno-Sparks area.
The RTC looks forward to launching
the Lincoln Line this fall. The 4th Street/
Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit project
represents a $58 million investment in
our community, made possible by DOT
TIGER and Small Starts grants, federal
Surface Transportation Program and
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality
funds and local sales and fuel tax. Learn
more about this project at 4thPrater.com.

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