Squaw Alpine Transit expands shuttle service

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Squaw Alpine Transit Company, the nonprofit formed as a collaborative effort by the homeowner’s associations within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, announced it will expand complimentary Mountaineer shuttle services provided within the two valleys during the 2019-20 winter season.

New this season, Mountaineer will offer extended evening hours in Squaw Valley until 10 p.m. daily, and holiday service in Alpine Meadows. In addition, two more vehicles were added to the fleet in order to meet demand and further reduce weekend wait times. Launched in December 2018, the Mountaineer app-based shuttle service provided over 81,000 rides to passengers in its first winter season and removed at least 20,000 vehicle trips from access roads in Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, a news release states.

“We experienced strong ridership during our first season and learned quite a lot about how residents and visitors use Mountaineer to get around the valleys without a car, and how they want to use Mountaineer in the future,” said Keith Fountain, board chair. “Based on rider feedback, the plan is to extend evening service in Squaw Valley and add holiday service at Alpine Meadows this season. We are encouraged by the level of support Mountaineer has from those who used the service last year and are looking at ways to further increase its service offering in the future.”

During the 2019-20 winter season, Mountaineer will operate on-demand seven days per week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Squaw Valley and Saturdays and Sundays in Alpine Meadows from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Dec. 13 and April 12. Nine dog-friendly 10-person 4WD Sprinter-type vans equipped with ski and snowboard racks, and one ADA vehicle of similar capacity are used to offer free transportation — from anywhere to anywhere — within the two valleys.

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