It's been a long journey for the 4th Street Transit Station, but the station is finally complete! I took a quick tour this morning, including the interior, which has some amazing tile work, and it light years more aesthetically pleasing than our current CitiCenter Station downtown on Center Street. There are specious waiting area inside each.
Designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc., and constructed by West Coast Contractors at 4th and Lake streets in Reno, the facility is just east of the National Bowling Stadium. It employed 457 construction workers and included $4 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus money. Construction began in April 2009.
With 23 bus bays, it will serve the community for decades to come. Buses roll Oct. 31. The agency is also debuting new 60-foot RTC RAPID accordion style vehicles on Virginia Street’s bus rapid transit corridor between Meadowood Mall and downtown. The coaches are sleek, comfortable diesel-electric hybrids. Fast and clean, they represent a new breed of bus, have increased capacity and are moneysavers, an important feature that will help keep operating costs under control during tough economic times.
I was a little disappointed with the new Hybrid accordion buses. I was hoping for busses that would get the public excited about riding them, like this or this. I think that having futuristic looking buses with wheel-well coverings and curved rounded designs would inspire the public to use the RAPID service a bit more. In early discussions regarding purchasing buses, RTC was leaning more toward this sleek style of bus. I imagine they are a bit more expensive, so baby steps!
IMPORTANT NOTE: On Sunday at 1:00 a.m. in the morning, ALL BUSES WILL CEASE OPERATIONS AT CITICENTER. 4th Street Transit Station will be in full operation on Sunday, and CitiCenter will close permanently.