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South Lake Tahoe transit agency sets hearing on reductions to bus service

Sara Thompson
Sun News Service

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” BlueGO bus riders can voice their opinions about service reductions planned for the system at a public hearing Friday.

The South Tahoe Area Transit Authority board, which oversees BlueGO, will gather comments on proposed route reductions effective May 31, pending approval from the South Lake Tahoe City Council on May 19.

Because the state has eliminated transit assistance funds until 2013, STATA needs to reduce services to balance its budget.

The state reduced transit assistance funds to STATA for fiscal year 2009-10 by $336,000. BlueGO’s services need to be reduced by 26 percent to balance its budget.

So far STATA has received comments from passengers and employees of MV Transportation, which is the transit operator. Passengers and employees understand why changes need to be made, but were concerned with Route 52 reductions, according to a STATA staff report.

Route 52 runs from the South “Y” Transit Station and through the Sierra Tract, Bijou and Al Tahoe neighborhoods from 6:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The plan calls for reducing the hours to 7:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Other changes include eliminating routes with low ridership and combining them with others, or creating more transfers.

The South Lake Tahoe City Council would have to approve the route reductions before they become official. The issue will be on the agenda for the council’s May 19 meeting.

The STATA meeting is at 10 a.m. Friday at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 128 Market St. For more information, go to bluego.org or call (775) 589-5284.


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