Free North Tahoe night bus service ends a week early |

Free North Tahoe night bus service ends a week early

Margaret Moran

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Due to economic impacts of the mild winter season, the Night Rider service has ended a week earlier than scheduled.

The Truckee/North Tahoe Transportation Management Association ended the bus service March 23 due to the final budget coming in higher than expected and a 13 percent ridership decrease from last winter.

About $4,000 in savings was needed to meet budget, with the reduction saving $10,200, said Jaime Wright, TMA’s executive director.

While funds could have been recouped by cutting some operation days, it didn’t make sense to stop the service mid-week, she said. The amount saved will be rolled over into next year’s program.

The service will resume June 26, with no operational changes.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to bringing the Night Rider service back in June,” Wright said in a statement.

It will continue providing free daily transportation this summer from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., depending on the route. Routes include Squaw to Crystal Bay, Crystal Bay to Squaw Valley, Northstar to Crystal Bay, and Tahoma to Tahoe City. 

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