The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is providing free transportation to those who need help getting to and from COVID vaccination locations. Beginning on Monday, March 22, 2021, RTC will offer free RIDE, FlexRIDE, and ACCESS trips to vaccination locations. To get your free trip to any vaccination location, just show the driver proof of your vaccine appointment when boarding. Proof can be provided by showing the driver your appointment confirmation in text, email, or printed formats. Note that this service should not be used for drive-through appointments.

People who have an appointment at the Livestock Events Center must enter the vaccine site through Gate 4 on Sutro Street (near the southeast side of the property) and speak with the volunteer on site to arrange for the vaccine.

Here’s how to plan for your free ride on one of the RTC services….

  • To plan your free RIDE trip on an RTC bus, visit, or call RTC Customer Service at (775) 348-RIDE.
  • For FlexRIDE services within existing FlexRIDE areas, including Sparks/Spanish Springs, the North Valleys, or Somersett/Verdi, download the free RTC Washoe FlexRIDE App, or call (775) 335-0035.
  • ACCESS-eligible clients can book a trip by calling (775) 348-5438. Must book 1-3 days in advance of appointment.

Source: Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) press release.

Local institutions, non-profits and government agencies have stepped up with a variety of things to do while spending lots of time at home during the pandemic. In addition, there are a variety of other organizations with offerings to help you and the kids weather the social isolation. If you know of others, please Contact Us so we can pass along the information.

These helpful resources are offered by the Nevada Museum of Art, Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, Washoe County Library, PBS Reno, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the Smithsonian, National Geographic, and even Google. Learn more at “At-Home Things To Do around Reno and Sparks.”

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) has announced updated information for residents needing to properly dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW).

H2O Environmental has stopped accepting HHW from Washoe County residents. Instead, the two business listed here are now available for proper waste disposal. You should contact them ahead of time to ensure that they accept what you are trying to get rid of, to learn about any restrictions and for pricing information.

Graymar Environmental, 13203 S. Virginia St., Reno
Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hero Environmental, 4900 Mill Street #9, Reno
Open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To learn just what constitutes HHW, and for more information about recycling in general, refer to the KTMB Recycling Guide.

Source: Press release from Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.