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Agencies seek advice on unmet transit needs

Jenny Goldsmith
Sierra Sun

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunA Tahoe Area Regional Transit bus drives through Lake Forest Tuesday after picking up a passenger. The agency plans to discontinue the Lake Forest stop, one of several changes to be discussed at a public transit forum next week.

On Thursday next week, representatives from Tahoe-Truckee transportation agencies will host an annual public meeting in Kings Beach to solicit user comments on the region’s unmet transit needs.

“It’s a time for everybody to be heard,” said Executive Director Jan Colyer of the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association.

Colyer said transit officials have paid attention to the public voice at past annual forums. At next week’s meeting, for instance, her agency will announce new bus service on Highway 267 scheduled to begin on Thursday, Dec. 13. The route will extend from Kings Beach to the Truckee train depot, with a stop at Northstar-at-Tahoe. Area residents asked for service on that route at a past meeting.

“We’re reaching out to help everyone,” said Colyer. “This is how the board of transportation listens to the public.”

Planning officials will also announce the continuation of night bus service during the winter season due to last year’s success rates. The transit will maintain last year’s routes, but will increase the frequency by providing service every hour as opposed to every two hours.

Potential issues that forum sponsors expect to be addressed include requests to expand transit service to various neighborhoods, extra night services during the off season, as well as increasing the frequency of bus routes and improving connections.

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Additionally, residents from Lake Forest can discuss their concerns with the discontinued service in their neighborhood.

“What it really comes down to is funding,” said Senior Transportation Planner David Melko. “It ultimately requires policy-makers to make the decisions.”