Capitol Corridor bus schedule out of Truckee reduced
August 30, 2006
Some of the Amtrak bus trips to and from Truckee have been eliminated, leaving riders with fewer options.
The Capitol Corridor system of Amtrak buses connects Reno/Sparks to Sacramento with a stop in Truckee, but some trips have been eliminated or changed because of budget reasons. The changes took effect on Aug. 28.
The main difference in the new schedule is the elimination of one round trip from Sparks to Sacramento, reducing the number of round trips from four to three.
Problems with the budget came about when the previous charter motorcoach operator started having service problems, said David Kutrosky, deputy director of the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, and didn’t have anything to do with state funding.
“The previous operators had underbid their service,” Kutrosky said.
The new operator budget was 60 percent greater due to the cost of insurance and fuel costs, he said.
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“It was a difficult decision. The run we eliminated had the lowest ridership of all the runs,” Kutrosky said.
He also said Amtrak, which is responsible for those bus contracts, would re-bid both this route and the South Lake Tahoe route in the next couple of months, which could reduce costs and increase the number of runs.
Carol O’Brien, a visitor service representative for the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, said they didn’t find out about the changes until Monday.
“We only found out from an old driver … we didn’t get any information or brochures.” O’Brien said.
“We had to hand-write when buses were scheduled for people,” she said.
The chamber of commerce was able to get new brochures from the Sacramento station after asking a driver to bring them back up.