Truckee OKs $56,000 max contract for free holiday shuttle |

Truckee OKs $56,000 max contract for free holiday shuttle

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Uber? Taxi? Your mom? If you’re wondering who will be your designated driver this holiday season, it might actually be the town of Truckee.

Town Council approved a contract at its meeting on Nov. 15 with Sacramento-based Metro Transit “not to exceed $56,000” to operate its free-for-patrons holiday shuttle.

The holiday shuttle program, approved by the council last month, was proposed to reduce traffic and parking shortages in downtown Truckee.

But with their late run times, the shuttles can also help riders get home safe if they happened to have one too many eggnogs.

During a presentation before the council on Nov. 15, Truckee Administrative Analyst Kelly Beede said that the free shuttle service would be offered from Dec. 26-31 from noon to 2:30 a.m.

The routes will go to Donner Lake, Tahoe Donner, Glenshire, Sierra Meadows and Prosser.

The frequency of the buses is still being determined, as the town is relying on community partners to help fund the venture.

However, Beede said the headtimes — or, time between buses — is expected to be as low as 30 minutes for some neighborhoods and will not exceed one hour for others.

Beede said idea for the holiday shuttle was based on the success of last year’s New Years Eve shuttle and the Truckee Thursdays shuttle during the summer.