The Tahoe City Transit Center was recently named Public Works Project of the Year for 2013 by the American Public Works Association.
The national award recognizes excellence in management and administration of public works projects, specifically the cooperation among the managing agency, contractor and consultant(s).
The facility was constructed by Gilban Construction and is being managed by the Placer County Department of Public Works. The award will be presented to Placer County later this summer. Two other national awards have recognized the center: the Overall Winner of the 2012 Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards and the 2013 Small Project Award from the American Institute of Architects.
“While we are honored with the national recognition the transit center is garnering, we are perhaps most pleased that we were able to deliver a great project that fits in well with its surroundings and meets the need of both the resident and the visitor,” said Peter Kraatz, assistant director of the Placer County Department of Public Works.
The transit center is a park and ride facility for Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART) passengers that opened last October. It features six bus bays, a 1,100-square-foot terminal with an indoor, heated waiting area and restrooms, along with a covered outdoor waiting area with bench seating.
The center has 130 on-site parking spaces, plus several enclosed bike lockers and transitional bike racks. Located at 165 West Lake Blvd. off Highway 89 south of the Wye in Tahoe City, the center covers about 2.5 arces adjacent to hiking and bike paths.
A high-tech display system called Nextbus has been installed on the TART bus system and a display screen inside the center informs passengers of bus arrival times. The system provides online real-time locations of on-route buses and predicted arrival times at all stops on route. The information can be accessed by text messaging or Smartphone web access at www.nextbus.com/homepage/.
The center is part of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Environmental Improvement Project program to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality, which will in turn benefit lake clarity. The project is also consistent with numerous agency transportation plans, community plans and studies.
“The transit center, with its high-tech features, central location and ease of use, goes a long way to meet that most important goal of reducing pollution in the Basin by reducing traffic and congestion,” said Jennifer Montgomery, Placer County Supervisor for District 5, in a statement.
The center was a $4.5 million construction project funded largely by federal and state transportation grants along with Placer County Transient Occupancy Tax funds.