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IVGID spending $15K to offer free shuttle service this summer

Josh Staab
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A map of Incline Village illustrates the routes and destinations the free weekend shuttle service will follow.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — For the first time ever, the Incline Village General Improvement District will provide locals and visitors with free weekend transportation this summer.

A shuttle service will run on Saturdays and Sundays from June 27 to Aug. 16, and one Friday on July 3, said Incline Village Parks and Recreation District Assistant Manager Indra Winquest.

"We think it's a pretty cool thing for the community," Winquest said.

It will operate from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m., with some extended evening hours July 3 and 4, according to a statement released by IVGID spokeswoman Kayla Anderson.

The shuttle will make seven northbound and seven southbound stops throughout Incline, including the golf courses, Recreation Center and beaches, Winquest said.

It will stop at each location once every hour, and at Burnt Cedar and Incline Beach twice every hour, with a 2-3 p.m. exception, according to a press release.

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The ADA-compliant shuttle will able to transport as many as 21 passengers at a time. A second mini bus will run July 3-4.

The service will cost $15,000 and will come out of the district's beaches' operating budget, Anderson said.

Winquest said IVGID explored the idea of using Diamond Peak's shuttles for the service before contracting with Tahoe Area Regional Transit's North Lake Tahoe Express instead.

"We looked at the cost, scheduling drivers, wear and tear on those vehicles, and we balanced it out and realized it would be a wash," Winquest said. "When you factor in all the maintenance and mileage, I think it was worth the extra $2,000 to contract it out."

That $2,000 is factored into the total $15,000 cost, Winquest said.

Over the course of June, IVGID will market the program heavily to residents and local businesses, Winquest said, considering the district has never offered anything like this before.

"In a perfect world, it would have been nice to be hitting this months ago, but this is new to the district," Winquest said at the June 4 board of trustees retreat. "(The district has) never been in the business of providing public transportation."

If the service runs smoothly, Winquest said it will alleviate weekend traffic issues, especially with the ramp-up to what IVGID officials say could be the busiest Fourth of July weekend Incline Village has ever seen.

"We're expecting the largest crowd we've ever had," Winquest said. "July 3 could even be the biggest July 3 we've ever had."

Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. While the free shuttle service will be available to the public, riders must be IVGID beach access pass-holders for stops at Burnt Cedar, Incline and Ski beaches.