INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The East Shore Express, a pilot park and ride bus that runs from Incline Village to Sand Harbor, will open for its second season this Saturday.
According to the Tahoe Transportation District, buses will operate Saturdays and Sundays, June 15-16 and 22-23, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily operations begin Saturday, June 29, through Sept. 2, with service from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., running every 20 minutes on weekends. Hours of operation on the Fourth of July are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Round-trip fare is $3 per person and $1.50 for children 12 and under, seniors and disabled passengers. Fares include admission to Sand Harbor.
The service uses a dedicated entrance to minimize traffic-related delays and drops passengers at the Visitor’s Center near the main beach. Parking inside Sand Harbor is $10 per vehicle for Nevada residents, and $12 for out-of-state motorists.
The express loops from the old Incline K-2 Elementary School on the corner of Highway 28 and Southwood Boulevard to Sand Harbor.
In its inaugural season, the East Shore Express shuttled 12,155 passengers between June and Labor Day 2012. The service was initiated by the TTD in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Nevada Division of State Parks, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Highway Patrol and Washoe County School District.
Funding of the two-year pilot program includes 60 percent from a Federal Transit Administration grant through NDOT, with the balance from the U.S. Forest Service under the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act. The East Shore Express utilizes existing TTD buses, with parking provided at existing Washoe County School District parking lots within Incline.
Learn more about the shuttle at www.eastshoreexpress.org.