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Fare hikes, more routes on tap for Truckee Transit, Dial-a-Ride

Margaret Moran

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Residents who ride either the Dial-A-Ride or Truckee Transit’s fixed route line can expect to pay more next month for public transportation.

Rates for Dial-A-Ride, which provides door-to-door service, will increase by $2 for adults, making $6 the new one-way ticket price. Seniors, disabled residents and children under 12 will pay an additional $1, making a one-way trip cost $2.

As for the fixed, non-winter service of Truckee Transit, all rider fares will increase by 50 cents for a one-way trip, with all rider day passes increasing by $1.

Kelly Beede, parking services manager for the town of Truckee, said the hikes are due to cuts in federal funding.

and#8220;The primary transit funding comes from the Federal Transportation Administration, and the last few years we have had funding reductions…and#8221; she said Tuesday evening at the Truckee Town Council meeting. and#8220;Between this fiscal year and last, we’re seeing a 38 percent reduction in funding.and#8221;

In her presentation to the board, she said the last fare hike for both the fixed route and Dial-A-Ride was in 2005. Yet, in 2005, no fare increase was implemented for seniors and the disabled who ride the Dial-A-Ride; the last fare hike for those riders occurred in 1996.

The council voted unanimously to approve the hikes following a public hearing.

and#8220;I think the seniors understood the reasoning for the rate increases, understanding the economy,and#8221; said Truckee resident Denny Dickinson (who’s a candidate for town council this year), referring to a workshop he and other seniors attended at the Truckee Donnor Senior Apartments on Estates Drive on Sept. 6. as part of Truckee Transit’s public outreach effort.

Aside from rate hikes, council members also approved expanding transit service to Glenshire, which will begin next month.

Dial-A-Ride, which currently makes two trips to Glenshire at around 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday to provide transportation for certain residents, will also provide service to the public at those times at the new fixed route fare.

The pick-up spot for the public has yet to be determined, said Alex Terrazas, assistant town manager, during the meeting.

and#8220;One of the two areas we’ve been throwing around is either the general store (on Dorchester Drive) or the clubhouse (on Glenshire Drive),and#8221; he said.

The general store and clubhouse are currently just being used as landmarks where Dial-A-Ride signs will be placed near, so long as they prove to be safe locations for a bus stop, Beede said in a follow-up interview.

Should residents choose to be picked up at their homes for the Glenshire trip, they would then have to pay the new Dial-A-Ride rate. Passengers would then be dropped off at the Truckee Train Depot, where they can pick up the fixed route line to get to their final destination.

and#8220;I know Glenshire has definitely been hurting for years to get bus service,and#8221; said Mark Brown, a Truckee town council member.

Also starting next month, the fixed route will include two new stops on its hourly, non-winter schedule, which runs mid-April to mid-December: Truckee Donnor Senior Apartments and the Crossroads Shopping Center.

Brown was pleased to hear about the senior apartments getting a stop.

and#8220;I’m glad you’ve done that outreach out there to reach them because I think they’ve relied on Dial-A-Ride too much,and#8221; he said, adding that new route will help the seniors’ quality of life and their budgets.

Currently, fixed route service to the senior apartments will not be all year, Terrazas said at the meeting.

and#8220;We’re only proposing service with the fixed route at the senior apartments for the non-winter,and#8221; he said. and#8220;During the winter, that particular route is operated by TART (Tahoe Area Regional Transit); their vehicles are of such size that they wouldn’t be able to get in there. We would propose to service the senior apartments with the Dial-A-Ride during the winter.and#8221;

The town’s mid-December to mid-April winter service, called the Donner Summit Shuttle, makes runs between Henness Flats and Donner Summit ski resorts, and Beede said officials plan on looking into the possibility to incorporate the senior apartments and Crossroads Center stops into the town’s winter service area.

Non-winter service times have yet to be determined, but Beede said her best estimate for pick-up at the senior apartments is around 20 minutes after the hour westbound, with Crossroads being around 27 minutes after the hour westbound.

Both the changes in fare rates and service areas will take effect Oct. 12.

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