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Ridership up on buses, shuttles

Sun staff reports

Ridership is increasing on local transportation lines, and in response, several new stops have been added to local service routes. Through Jan. 15, as many as 2,948 passengers had used the new North Lake Tahoe Express airport shuttle service. In response, the shuttle has added two new stops on its routes to the Reno-Tahoe Airport, including a stop at the Truckee Tahoe Airport, where overnight parking costs $4 per day per vehicle. The other new stop added to the North Lake Tahoe Express route is at Garwoods Grill & Pier, though no overnight parking is available. Of the North Lake Tahoe Express passengers served, 60 percent made airport shuttle reservations using the airport minibus service or were walk-up customers at Renos airport. All others reserved through http://www.NorthLakeTahoeExpress.com, according to Jan Colyer, executive director of the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Assoc. Meanwhile, Truckees free night service is off to a slower start than anticipated, Colyer said, but is also seeing increased ridership each week. TART winter service saw increased ridership of 9 percent for December 2006 over December 2005, and the Town of Truckees transit service has seen increased ridership of 17 percent. The Truckee Dial-A-Ride has experienced an increase of 20 percent for the same time period.