Stuff-a-Bus for Seniors Donation Drive
The City of Reno, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), and Washoe County Senior Services have collected the barrels, sorted the donations, and tallied the results of the recent Stuff-a-Bus for Seniors Donation Drive.
Thanks to many generous donations, together the Reno area raised $2,692 in checks, cash, and gift cards and 130 bags of useful materials that will be distributed to local senior citizens.
“We had faith in the community to make this drive a success, but we are truly blown away with the results,” Reno City Councilmember and RTC Chair Neoma Jardon said.
The drive amassed 63 bags of clothing, 40 bags of personal hygiene products, 27 bags of cleaning supplies, 14 RTC ACCESS pass books, 10 shopping carts, and 31 air circulation fans.
The Senior Giving Program began during the 2012 holiday season and has grown every year that it has been held.
Blue Ribbon Committee Recommends No Cuts in Transit Service
The RTC Board of Commissioners accepted a Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC) for Transit recommendations in June to address short and long-term funding needs for the regional transportation system.
Among the recommendations the BRC made were strategies to simplify and modernize transit fares, while at the same time making efforts not to cut transit service. The BRC unanimously recommended that RTC not reduce service as a cost saving measure but to continue the process of evaluation along with community input.
The group of business representatives and community leaders also recommended the RTC develop a program for family-friendly advertising at bus stops to generate revenue, allocating a larger proportion of the existing 1/8th cent sales tax to transit, and a possible ballot measure to raise revenue in 2016 or 2018. The measure should be tied to specific services and program outcomes, such as expanded transit service for seniors, veterans, and the disabled.
Additionally the BRC recommended transit Improvement Districts to raise more operating revenue.
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