LAS VEGAS, NEV. – As some schools across the state increase in-person learning, the Nevada Department of Transportation is launching a school zone safety campaign to remind drivers, pedestrians, and students of life-saving school zone traffic laws. The campaign emphasizes the following laws (https://bit.ly/2NzP1A3):
No speeding in school zones
• Follow all school zone speed limits. (Note that hours of reduced school zone speed limits vary per school- always be attentive).
No passing in school zones
• Do not pass or overtake another vehicle traveling the same direction in a school zone. This includes on roads with multiple lanes in the same direction. Stop for/do not pass school buses stopping to pick up or let students out
No U-turns in school zones
• Over coming months, roadside banners will be installed in select school locations statewide reminding drivers that it is illegal to pass in school zones. Printable school zone safety flyers will also be available to schools and educational organizations.
The campaign is spearheaded by the Nevada Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to Schools Program. The program collaborates with schools year-round to improve students’ ability to safely walk and bike to school by providing students with bicycling and pedestrian education and activities, such as Walk and Bike to School Day. Educational materials are funded through state motor vehicle license and license renewal fees.
“Some Nevadans haven’t driven as much over the past year. Other may be traveling new routes which take them through newly active school zones,” said NDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Coordinator Albert Jacquez. “Having a year away from these traditional school zone driving routines doesn’t mean that safety should take a break. We all must share the road to keep everyone safe.”
Nevadans can visit bicyclenevada.com for school zone information, resources, and contacts.
• Plan your route.
• Stay visible. Wear light and bright colored clothing. If you must be out at night, wear reflective clothing.
• Stay alert. Put your phone down and do not wear headphones.
• Walk on sidewalks. If no sidewalks are available, ensure that there is safe distance between yourself and passing vehicles and walk facing traffic.
• Only cross when safe to do so. Make eye contact with the drivers and make sure all cars have stopped before crossing. When possible, cross at a crosswalk.
• Always drive attentively and obey all school zone traffic control, including reduced school zone speeds.
• When approaching school zones and crosswalks, reduce speed and be prepared to stop.
• Stop for pedestrians and bicyclists and wait for them to cross completely.
• Never pass a car that has stopped at a cross walk.
• Obey the three-foot rule: when passing a bicycle, allow for at least three feet of clearance between the vehicle and bicyclist.
• Never drive distracted or impaired.
Southern Nevada Transit Coalition – Silver RiderAnnounces fixed route #333 realignment and the new route #444 coming soon!
MESQUITE, Nev. - The Southern Nevada Transit Coalition (SNTC), operators of Silver Rider Transit in Mesquite, will be holding two public hearings (Mesquite and Bunkerville) to discuss its realignment of route #333 and the new #444 fixed route.
Bunkerville public hearing is scheduled for 3:30PM, Thursday, March 4th, 2021at the Bunkerville Community Center located at 150 W. Virgin St. Bunkerville, NV 89007.
Mesquite public hearing is scheduled for 1:00PM, Thursday, March 11th, 2021 at the Mesquite City Hall, 10 East Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite, NV 89027, 2nd floor Council Chambers.
Both public hearings are to discuss SNTC’s realignment of route #333 and the new #444 fixed route. Route #444 is slated to begin Sunday, April 11, 2021 with free rides to introduce the new route to the city. The route changes have been made to better serve the transportation needs of the community and to cover areas never serviced.
The Southern Nevada Transit Coalition, a private non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization, providing transportation service, was incorporated in June of 2002 as part of the Nevada Department of Transportation’s Public Rural Ride (Pride) program. Silver Rider Transit is the organizational branding of the Southern Nevada Transit Coalition. The financial assistance comes from the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) rural public transportation program authorized under 49 U.S.C. Section 5311 and 5339.
Interested parties may attending the March 4th & March 11th meetings or submit their comments on the proposed services by sending a written response to SNTC or email to:
Southern Nevada Transit Coalition Anna Talamo at email: firstname.lastname@example.org
260 E. Laughlin Civic Drive Mike Jackson at email: email@example.com
Laughlin, NV 89029
All comments must be received by March 25, 2021
Southern Nevada Transit Coalition is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer who complies with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which states: “No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” SNTC is committed to complying with the requirements of Title VI in all of the federally funded programs and activities participated in. More organization information can be found at www.sntc.net. For additional information, call 702-346-7006.
LAS VEGAS, NEV. – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is accepting public feedback and hosting a February 16 virtual rail summit to finalize the Nevada State Rail Plan, outlining potential new and enhanced railroad facilities to create a more efficient and sustainable statewide transportation network.
The public can visit www.nevadadot.com/mobility and select “Rail Planning” (direct link: https://www.nevadadot.com/mobility/rail-planning/state-rail-plan/-fsiteid-1) to gather updates and provide feedback through March 4 on rail improvements to enhance Nevada’s transportation network.
The plan will be finalized following public comment and a virtual statewide rail summit on Feb. 16. The summit will provide an overview of plan recommendations and strategies and gather stakeholder and public feedback. Interested members of the public can register for the free summit by visiting the rail plan web site.
Currently, rail carries 23 percent of all Nevada freight tonnage. With a mile-long train equaling the freight capacity of a 26-mile convoy of trucks, targeted rail improvements could optimize existing freight networks to improve travel time reliability, reduce vehicle emissions and support Nevada’s economic development.
NDOT brought together more than 200 rail, economic development and government leaders to analyze current and future shipping and transportation needs and draft a plan outlining more than 50 potential rail infrastructure projects to create economic advantages and transportation efficiencies.
The plan outlines options to improve and integrate rail through local and private sector investment in eight regions of the state. Rail improvements listed in the plan become eligible for federal grant funding, opening the opportunity for local government and economic development partners to potentially pursue the rail improvements in the future.
“By optimizing freight distribution across Nevada, rail transportation can contribute to more reliable and safer roads. Ultimately, the statewide rail plan will paint a blueprint for potential rail improvements to augment our existing freight systems and provide jobs, tax revenue and business opportunities, not to mention enhance mobility, traffic safety and the environment for Nevada’s families,” NDOT rail planning manager Lee Bonner explained. “It sets us on a path to fully utilize rail for an integrated and sustainable statewide freight transportation network.”