Issue Watch: New boat inspection rules, Transit needs, Truckee parking structure |

Issue Watch: New boat inspection rules, Transit needs, Truckee parking structure

New boat inspection rules: A new requirement that boat ramps and launching facilities on Lake Tahoe have to be staffed took effect Nov. 1.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Board approved the requirement to prevent the introduction of invasive species such as quagga mussels and zebra mussels.

Inspectors provided by the Tahoe Resource Conservation District are scheduled to be on duty daily from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. weather permitting at Cave Rock, on the South Shore and the Lake Forest ramp near Tahoe city.

Transit needs: Local government entities have been considering the need for and benefit from public transportation in the Truckee Tahoe region.

Tahoe Area Rapid Transit and the Town of Truckee have provided some bus and shuttle services and added some evening and winter services in the past few years.

The Nevada County Transportation Commission, the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency, and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency will be holding a public meeting, seeking local transit needs in the region on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach.

Truckee parking structure: The Town of Truckee has been exploring the possibility of building a parking garage in the downtown area.

A consultant recently completed a feasibility study for a downtown parking structure. The study analyzed current and future parking needs in the downtown area, as well as possible locations for the building.

Town council will consider the parking structure study on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m.