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Nevada’s First Diverging Diamond Interchange

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and Granite Construction have completed Nevada’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange – scheduled to open the afternoon of Wednesday, November 21! This project also includes Northern Nevada’s first “green” bike lanes.

Driving in a Diverging Diamond Interchange


Driving in a diverging diamond intersection is easy. As you approach the intersection, road signs and striping easily guide you to the opposite (left) side of the roadway and back again to the standard (right) side of the road. If you are exiting the road onto a freeway, you will follow signs to make an easy left-hand turn onto the freeway entrance.

As at any yield, vehicles exiting from the freeway and merging right at the diverging diamond interchange should look closely for and yield to oncoming traffic, as traffic may be approaching from the far left lanes and not the expected nearest lanes. Speed limits may also be slightly reduced in diverging diamond interchanges.

Pedestrians use signalized pedestrian crossings in diverging diamond interchanges and are often directed to a protected pedestrian island in the middle of the interchange. Bicyclists can use the center island or a bike lane if one is provided.

Benefits

Diverging diamond interchanges can move increased traffic more quickly and safely than traditional intersections- and can often be constructed at a lower cost.

∙  Free, unsignalized left turns (onto freeway on-ramps, etc.) help reduce congestion

∙  Fewer signal phases and shorter wait at traffic lights by eliminating signalized left-hand turn lights. For example, the Moana Lane diverging diamond interchange in Reno will feature two signal phases as opposed to the previous three

∙  Diverging diamond interchanges often reduce by half the number of conflict points at which vehicles can potentially collide (by reducing potential crash points between vehicles turning left onto the highway and opposing arterial roadway traffic)

∙  Diverging diamond interchanges can be more cost and time-effective to build, as they often require less land and fewer potentially-costly changes to existing road structures

∙  Heightened pedestrian/bicyclist safety can be provided by designated, enclosed shared use paths built in the middle of the diamond interchange

∙  Makes wrong way entry onto freeway ramps extremely difficult

∙  Snow can continue to be removed/plowed in diverging diamond interchanges

History

Diverging diamond interchanges have been in use for years in France. The first diverging diamond interchange in the United States was completed in 2009 in Springfield, Missouri, followed by other successful diverging diamond interchanges in states such as Utah. Plans for diverging diamond interchanges are also proceeding in many additional states.

Diverging diamond interchanges were ranked one of Popular Science’s top 25 “Best of What’s New.”

Research

Following installation of a diverging diamond interchange in Springfield, Missouri, a study found:

∙ 46% reduction in crashes

∙ 80% of drivers felt traffic flow improved

∙ 91% of drivers felt it was easy to understand how to drive through the intersection

Federal Highway Administration review of diverging diamond interchanges found an average:

∙ 38% decrease in travel time through the intersection

∙ 80% decrease in number of vehicle stops

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NEW RENO TAHOE USA APP COMES WITH INTRINSIC BENEFITS

Plan and experience all that Reno Tahoe USA has to offer. From event listings to coupons, snow reports to golf information, this application has everything you will need to make the best out of your trip. If you are already in town, simply turn on the location service and only see things that are within walking distance.

Here is what you can do with the Reno Tahoe USA application:

  • Search and view all of the amazing events happening now and in the future
  • Browse our complete hotel database and find the perfect place to stay
  • Find a restaurant that matches your mood
  • Explore all of the shopping available in Reno and Lake Tahoe
  • View coupons from many of our great partners – For you golfers, the app displays everything you need to pick a course, including yardage, par, cost and much more
  • And for the skiers, boarders and snow lovers, the app has everything you need to pick the perfect resort including pricing, lift status and more

Reno Tahoe USA APP

“There are so many choices for entertainment, special events, outdoor adventure and relaxation in Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe that it can be difficult for visitors to narrow down their options before they get here,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “More and more visitors are relying on mobile technology to point them in the right direction for information on their passions at any given moment, and the new Reno Tahoe USA app provides visitors with more information, and more control, of their overall travel experience.”

The Reno Tahoe USA app provides potential visitors with information on which hotels may be best suited to their needs; what concerts, events and entertainment will be offered during their visit; where they can get outdoors to enjoy the fresh air, ski resorts and golf courses; as well as where they might find a great restaurant, a world-class spa or unique shopping throughout the destination. Once visitors are here, the app uses their location to help them find activities of interest within walking distance. The app also provides easy access to a variety of coupons, deals and discounts offered by dozens of local businesses.

In support of the popular “buy local” campaigns being launched in destinations across the country, the RSCVA worked with Reno-based KPS3 Marketing to develop the Reno Tahoe USA app, which it designed to maximize, and to simplify, the number of options presented to visitors.

“Travelers have come to depend on their phone for guidance in new destinations,” said KPS3 Vice President of Creative and Technical Services Rob Gaedtke. “This application puts visitors in control of that experience and allows the RSCVA to share the myriad offerings found in the Reno Tahoe area.”

The RSCVA and its partners are also making the new Reno Tahoe USA app more than just a source of information. One new user of the Reno Tahoe USA app will be given a three-day, two-night stay, at their choice of the Eldorado Hotel Casino or Silver Legacy Resort Casino, each month through October 2013.

The Reno Tahoe USA app can be downloaded at the iPhone Mobile App Store, the Android Google Play Store or at www.VisitRenoTahoe.com/mobile.

Live Playa Webcast of Burning Man 2012

It could be you aren’t making it out to the playa this year, or perhaps you want to take a peep at the current weather conditions in Black Rock City, perchance you’re an avid people watcher, or maybe its 2:30, you’re in need a distraction, and cat videos are getting old (psh, unlikely). Doesn’t really matter what you’re situation is. This video stream is awesome! Watch Burning Man live.

Direct from Black Rock City:



Free live streaming by Ustream

Big thanks to the hard-working Burning Man technology team for making it happen.

The 2012 Reno Air Races

Whether you’ve been a loyal air race fan for the better part of two decades or have yet to be reeled in, we invite you to experience the “World’s Fastest Motorsport” first hand in September at the Reno Stead Airport.

Five days of racing action. Six classes of aircraft and speeds exceeding 500 mph. It all adds up to the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada. Legendary champions will make triumphant returns while up-and-coming pilots vie to challenge the rule. The thunderous roar of aircraft will storm across the Reno skies.

Win Tickets!

Reno Tahoe USA and the National Championship Air Races are teaming up together to give away 50 sets of tickets. Each set includes general admission entry for 2 to both Saturday and Sundays event. Pick me!

Air Show Performances

Even between races, the entertainment doesn’t stop. An illustrious group of aerobatic performers will flip, spiral, and soar overhead, in addition to military demonstration teams. Past military demonstration teams include the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron – Blue Angels, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

What to expect at Burning Man

A note to first-time burners: First moments on the playa.

In less than a week, burners will return “home” after a year away from their temporary address in temporary Black Rock City, population: 60,000+. Playa neighbors will embrace as if they’ve known one other for a lifetime, hugging notably tighter if meeting for the first time. As a newbie, the friendliness and sincerity of the Burning Man community will push all your expectations off balance. Succumb to falling flat on your butt, un-grounding the dry desert dust that’s now clouding your body and mind. As the puff of dust slowly unveils the world around you, surrender to its clearness, its normalities… if there is such a thing. Regain balance, release the shame that has built up from being so taken back by no-strings-attached kindness, drop any persona you uphold in your everyday workweek, and let your Burning Man virginity shatter at your feet.

A hug from a burner will be undoubtedly the warmest embrace you’ll ever experience; it’s endearing, welcoming… real. Without hesitation, burners lend a hand to help set up their new friends’ camps, not expecting or wanting anything in return, just sharing a heart-warming smile. Burners are more than friends. They get to see the real you. Whether “you” is skipping through the dust singing aloud and proud that song stuck in your head, passing out thousands of hand-crafted necklaces tired fingers have been stringing for months, or admiring world-class art, bare-bum naked… nothing is ordinary or unordinary on the playa, it is truth.DSC_0042

The Tahoe Taxi: North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle

Dock hopping on the new North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle will get you on the lake and to your favorite restaurants, shopping, bike trails, museums, parks, farmers markets and other recreational activities in minutes. The vessel carries 12 passengers, the crew and up to eight bikes.

Andrus_C RSCVA dock LRTry a vacation from your car – take public transit or ride your bike to one of the four beautiful docks. There will be TART and Night Rider services available for you to combine with the water shuttle experience to avoid parking and traffic hassles. Make it an experience while in North Lake Tahoe.

The pilot program includes a “paperless” reservation program, so please book ahead at www.NorthLakeTahoeWaterShuttle.com today. Service will begin August 3 through the end of September. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8:19 p.m. through August 26 and then the schedule will run through from 8 a.m. to 6:46 p.m. to coincide with daylight changes.

The Shuttle provides service to: West Shore Café, Tahoe City Marina, GarWoods Grill & Pier and the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area.  Rates start at $10 for adults, $7 for children up to 12 years old

Ticketing kiosks are available at some of the participating docks; seats are limited, so book ahead.

This taxi on water is a custom built Centurion 30’ vessel, with state-of-the-art design; manufactured and operated by Fine Line Industries.

Experience Reno Tahoe USA Events at the Reno-Tahoe Open

WillysIf you’re planning to go to the Reno Tahoe Open, stop by Experience Reno Tahoe USA Events! There’s great prize giveaways, free special event decals, cool displays and discount tickets for an upcoming off-road race.  This exhibit tent is located between the driving range and the #1 tee box, just look for Washoe Willys!  Entry cards for the prize giveaways are available on the public parking shuttles or at Experience Reno Tahoe USA Events!  Deposit your completed entry in the raffle drum at the exhibit tent; winners will be selected on Monday, August 6.

Check out these prizes!

ExperienceRenoTahoePrizeFormThe Biggest Little City is known for its plethora of great special events that entertain locals and visitors alike year round.  Reno-Tahoe Open is a proudly showcasing several partner events as they bring a piece of their special event right to the golf course! Guests will enjoy a hot air balloon display , a classic car exhibit from Hot August Nights and the National Automobile Museum, a jet from the Reno Air Races and more, right on the grounds of Montrêux Golf & Country Club. Available for viewing August 02-05, 2012.

Lake Tahoe – America’s Best Lake

USA TODAY declared Lake Tahoe the Best Lake in America!

USA TODAY asked their readers to vote for their favorite lake, and Lake Tahoe took home the gold.

Lake TahoeTahoe was one of 15 finalists nominated by regional magazine editors. Sunset Magazine editor, Peter Fish, nominated Lake Tahoe. Fish described Tahoe as “too stunning not to be experienced” and “draws a gazillion – that’s what it feels like on a weekend, anyway— tourists who use it as a summer escape hatch.”

USA TODAY also asked readers to comment on what they would recommend to Lake Tahoe visitors. We have gathered a few of our favorite responses:

“Here’s a day in the life on the North Shore. You can watch the sunrise with my dogs and I hiking in the Tahoe meadows, then go for an early morning kayak or SUP ride on the Lake, breakfast at any number of great spots, then take the tram up to the top of Squaw for Lunch, come back to Incline and take a Sunset cruise on the Sierra Cloud, and finish up with a fabulous French dining experience at Le Bistro.” – Geno M.

“You’ll definitely want to take a cruise aboard the Sierra Cloud, docked at the Hyatt Regency Incline Village, or charter a sailboat from one of the teams launching from behind Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City. Getting out on the lake via one of these boats is so peaceful and beautiful you’ll never forget it.” – Kristen P.

“As a Tahoe local, come during the week when there are less tourists, hike our beautiful trails and make sure to get out on the lake, whether it is on a boat, SUP, or kayak…that is the best way to experience the beauty that is Tahoe.” – Jesse S. H.

“Take a super quick drive to the base of Mt Rose and visit the PGA TOUR at the Reno-Tahoe Open, Thurs-Sunday. Stop at T’s Rotisserie in Incline to grab a chicken burrito on the way!” – Betsy M.

Be sure to read the article for more recommendations.

Mark Twain once described Tahoe as “the fairest picture the whole earth affords.” We couldn’t agree more.

Customized Willys Jeep Wagon is the Region’s New “Automotive Mascot”

DSC_0201What do you get when a “gearhead” sales and marketing pro moves to the Truckee Meadows from the “Motor City” to head up the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority? A customized 1951 Willys Jeep four-wheel drive Station Wagon that will represent the region – and promote the wide variety of attractions, festivals, activities and events available in the Reno/Sparks/North Lake Tahoe area – to crowds at conventions, tradeshows and high profile events in Northern Nevada, California and further afield.

DSC_0140“Everybody loves checking out a classic car… especially one that is beautifully hand-lettered and pinstriped, upholstered in Pendleton Indian blanket material and topped off with a hand-made, aluminum roof rack system packed with everything from skis and snowshoes to a kayak, golf clubs, fishing rods and a slalom water ski,” according to Christopher Baum, President and CEO of the RSCVA and creator of the vehicle. “It’s the perfect conversation starter to attract attention and help educate prospective visitors on the incredible diversity of things to do throughout Northern Nevada!”

Baum had great success designing and building a custom 1932 Ford hot rod powered by a new Chrysler hemi during his previous role as Senior Vice President of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, and thought that a similar classic vehicle project – carefully chosen to represent the region’s active, high desert lifestyle – would be equally effective for Reno Tahoe USA.

“I found a partially restored 1951 four-wheel drive Willys station wagon on the Internet, that already had a modern Buick V-6 swapped in for more power, and liked the fact that – although you seldom see one on the street anymore – the classic Jeep front end makes it instantly identifiable to most people,” said Baum.

Baum had the wagon shipped to the RSCVA and then set out to find some of the best local hot rodders and artists to help make his vision a reality.

Said Baum, “With the world-famous National Automobile Museum here, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Reno area is full of automotive talent, and I was quickly able to assemble a team of wonderful partners.”

Local companies that came on-board to help build the RSCVA’s new promotional vehicle:

Lane Walker, Solo Signs – Since the “Washoe Willys” is actually a clever Marketing Program in disguise, the professional presentation of the RSCVA brand logo, URL and some appropriate slogans was a top priority.

“I wanted someone who was a master at old school pinstriping and hand lettering,” said Baum. “And,” he added, “I quickly found just that in Lane Walker of Solo Signs in Reno. He’s been in the business since 1977 and has had his own shop since 1990, so his artistic services are obviously in demand. And his talent with a brush is really unbelievable.”

Matt Villafuerte, Twisted Stitch Upholstery – The Willys has two bench seats for the driver and passengers and Baum knew just what he wanted to do to make the car stand out with the crowds.

“I love Pendleton Indian blankets and had upholstered the Detroit hot rod with them to great effect,” said Baum. “I found the perfect pattern for the Willys’ color scheme on Pendleton’s website, ordered a bolt of fabric and then handed it to Matt, a talented guy who definitely knows his way around a heavy duty sewing machine. The wagon’s seats needed to be totally rebuilt before the heavy wool fabric went on, but Matt was definitely up to the task and the end result is fantastic.”

Jeff Robinson and Pete Gebhardt, Reno Speedworks – Baum wanted to display sporting gear representative of the wide variety employed in our region, but he didn’t want to use a stock roof rack.

“I love Airstream trailers and got the idea of having a craftsman fabricate a roof rack system that looks like something that company might have sold back in the 1960s,” Baum continued, “Since vintage stuff always looks cooler on display. A friend introduced me to Pete Gebhardt, and once I learned that he had spent 25 years pounding metal for Jack Roush, Ray Evernham and other top NASCAR team owners, we hired him. As a bonus, finding Pete introduced me to the rest of the gang at Reno Speedworks downtown, and their co-owner, Jeff Robinson, was able to change the Willys’ gearing to something more street-able, fabricate a front license bracket and perform a myriad of other tasks to ready the car for its debut. Pete’s retro aluminum roof rack turned out fantastic and Jeff’s wrenching gives us the confidence to hit the open road… in a vehicle built when Eisenhower was still president!”

James Herr and Bob Scott, Summit Racing – Sparks is fortunate to have a distribution center and retail store for one of the world’s foremost purveyors of high performance and custom automotive parts and accessories, and Summit’s support for the RSCVA’s new promo vehicle was immediate.

“James and Bob at Summit have been terrific, helping us choose appropriate wheels and tires for the Willys, as well as tracking down a custom air cleaner and valve covers for the offbeat Buick engine,” according to Baum. “They’re proud to be located in our region and we are delighted to have them as a sponsor on this fun build.”

Special Events Coalition – Although its individual contributions to the Washoe Willys were small (literally!), the members of this organization played an important role in giving the vehicle its unique personality: decals/stickers for most of the region’s festivals and special events – from the Nugget Rib Cook Off to the Reno Air Races, Hot August Nights and Reno Rodeo – cover the rear windows and slab sides of the aluminum roof rack, creating a colorful, and impressive, record of all there is to do and see in Reno/Sparks/North Lake Tahoe.

“Add the Nevada Museum of Art, UNR, Scheels, Reno Aces, Cabela’s and several other cool permanent attractions, and it’s hard to imagine a visitor whose passions wouldn’t be stirred by SOMETHING here!”, according to Baum.

DSC_0218The RSCVA’s new promotional vehicle is tentatively scheduled to make appearances, subject to commitments outside the Reno/Sparks/North Lake Tahoe region, at the following events: Reno-Tahoe Open, Hot August Nights, Toyota Silver State Showdown, Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff, The Great Reno Balloon Race, National Championship Air Races, Street Vibrations Fall Rally, Eldorado Great Italian Festival and the Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade.

Washoe Willys Photo Gallery

Zimride Reimagines Tahoe Travel

As ski season heats up, Zimride partners with all major resorts and bus operators to a make a one-stop shop for fun, affordable and sustainable Tahoe travel.

zimride-logo-150Zimride, the largest online ride-sharing service in North America, announced it has established partnerships with all major Lake Tahoe ski resorts and two connecting bus services, making traveling to the Bay Area’s hottest winter tourist destination more simple and economical than ever before.

2564840233_5e40a50f47Tahoe travelers choosing to rideshare with Zimride will be entered to win free gas.  Additionally, for the first time Zimride has extended its rideshare offerings to include bus options as well.  Bay Area Ski Bus and Quality Assurance Travel have partnered with Zimride to sell tickets through the Zimride.com website, making the company a one-stop shop for Bay Area residents looking to find less expensive and more social rides to Tahoe.

“We’re not just providing an alternative to Tahoe travel, we’re reinventing it,” says John Zimmer, co-founder and COO of Zimride. “There’s huge demand for social, sustainable and affordable travel, and this week our users have posted over 1,000 seats available for purchase along our Tahoe route.  That’s the equivalent of four airline flights and we’re just getting started.  The unprecedented collaboration from the major resorts and bus operators demonstrates the need for Zimride as a new form of transportation.”

If just 10 percent of Tahoe travelers choose to travel with 2 additional people this season, Zimride estimates it would take 60,000 cars off the rode, save $12 million in vehicle operating costs and eliminate 18.6 million lbs of carbon dioxide from being emitted.

To be a driver or passenger along the Zimride Tahoe route simply go to: www.zimride.com

About Zimride:

Zimride, the largest online social rideshare community in North America, is building a marketplace for drivers to sell empty seats in their car by matching them with passengers traveling along the same route. In addition to public routes like San Francisco to Los Angeles, Zimride has implemented networks for over 120 of the nation’s leading universities and companies including Stanford, UCLA, University of Michigan, Facebook and Jet Blue.

Zimride makes sharing rides for drivers and passengers fun, easy and social. It’s a new spin on ridesharing, using social networks to enable real connections. In seconds you can set up a profile, see and book a ride in your area, or post a ride of your own. With Zimride profiles, you can view photos, music and radio preferences to ensure an enjoyable ride.

Zimride proves that “life is better when you share the ride”

Get started at: www.zimride.com