Lake Tahoe ski, night shuttles start next week
December 8, 2009
TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; Starting Dec. 17, Truckee and North Lake Tahoe residents and visitors will have a range of ski resort and night shuttle options for getting around the mountains.
Both the North Lake Tahoe night shuttles, which start at 6:30 p.m., and ski resort shuttles to Northstar, Squaw Valley, Homewood, Alpine Meadows, Diamond Peak, Sugar Bowl, Boreal, Soda Springs and Donner Ski Ranch will run through April 4.
and#8220;Weand#8217;ve always worked with all the ski resorts,and#8221; said Jan Colyer, executive of the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association. and#8220;But this year weand#8217;ve added 2 buses to Boreal, Donner Ski Ranch and Soda Springs and#8212; itand#8217;s going to be way better service.
and#8220;Weand#8217;re making it work at a time when there is no more money to spend through partnerships,and#8221; Colyer said.
Both the ski shuttles and night routes are free to riders, she said.
The north Lake Tahoe night shuttles, which connect to Northstar, run from 6:30 to midnight, and to 3 a.m. on New Yearand#8217;s Eve.
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Truckee will not have a night shuttle this winter.
and#8220;Last winter we had over 36,000 riders on the night shuttle, up 15 percent from the year before,and#8221; Colyer said. and#8220;Truckee on the other hand and#8212; we tried it for two years and it just didnand#8217;t take off.and#8221;
And while local ridership on the Tahoe Area Regional Transit day buses was up last winter, Colyer said she expects a dip with fewer international workers in the basin this year.
Basic rates start at $1.75 one way or $.85 for seniors and the disabled, with a variety of options including 24-hour passes, 10-ride passes, 14- and 30-day passes.
To learn more about routes and schedules for buses and shuttles, go to http://www.laketahoetransit.com. If using Google to look up an address, Google transit will show routes and times to your destination as well.