Donner Summit daily ski shuttle hitting the road Dec. 17 |

Donner Summit daily ski shuttle hitting the road Dec. 17

Margaret Moran

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Truckee’s winter shuttle service that includes area ski resort stops is returning next week.

Starting Dec. 17, the Donner Summit Shuttle will transport passengers between the town of Truckee and Donner Summit-area ski resorts, seven days a week, including holidays, until March 13, 2016.

Employees of the shuttle’s ski resorts funding partners— Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch, Boreal and Soda Springs — will be able to ride the fixed-route service for free with valid resort ID, said Kelly Beede, who primarily oversees and manages the town’s public transit service.

Meanwhile, other riders will be charged a fare. For a one-way trip, adults will be charged $2.50, children 11-3 years old $1.50, seniors and disabled $1 and children under 3 ride for free.

A day pass is double the amount of a one-way fee for each group, while a 10-ride punch pass will cost $25 for adults, $15 for children 11-3 and $10 for seniors and disabled.

The service will provide an hourly service within Truckee from 6:05 a.m. to 6:13 p.m., including stops along Henness Road, Brockway Road, Estates Drive, Donner Pass Road, Pioneer Trail and Alder Drive.

In addition, there will be six runs to Donner Summit — three in the morning, one midday and two throughout the afternoon.

The estimated cost to operate this year’s summit service is $111,024, which includes contract service hours from Paratransit Services ($70,869), fuel and maintenance ($34,650) and management oversight ($5,505), according to the town.

Funding this effort is the town of Truckee and Placer County ($29,000 each), Boreal Ridge and Sugar Bowl corporations ($26,512 each) and Donner Summit Resorts ($10,000).

Truckee will fund its portion through Nevada County and state transportation funds; use of town general funds isn’t anticipated, according to the town.

“Public-private partnerships are crucial to our rural communities to expand and enhance our local transit services,” Beede said.