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Tahoe City Transit Center to benefit from stimulus funds

Kyle Magin
Sierra Sun

TAHOE CITY ” Federal stimulus funds should make up for a $1.8 million shortfall in the Tahoe City Transit Center, said project manager Brian Stewart, who works with the Placer County Department of Public Works.

Stewart said when the funds come ” and they could be settled at late as the end of June ” the county will be ready to bid out the $7 million project.

The transit center would encompass about 2.5 acres of the 64-acre recreational park located off Highway 89 and include 130 parking places, room for up to six buses, bike lockers, benches, enclosed office space and public restrooms.

Stewart said the bid process with take about five weeks, with a public bid advertised locally, and he expects to bring the lowest, most responsive and responsible bid before the Placer County Board of Supervisors at their August meeting.

If approved by the board, the project could break ground sometime in August, Stewart said.

“That’s being very optimistic, but we’re hoping for August,” Stewart said.

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The intermodal transit center and park-and-ride facility is part of a long-term plan to improve Tahoe Area Regional Transit operations.

A stipulation in the Transit Center’s plan ” one to prohibit Truckee River rafters from parking in the lot ” came under some fire after it was announced.

The lot will be open to walkers, bikers and those using public transportation, but not to rafters and will restrict overnight parking.

Stewart explained the reason rafters aren’t going to be allowed to park at the site is to protect the Truckee River from increased traffic.

“It’s mostly a mitigation concern,” Stewart said. “We don’t want to increase impacts on the Lower Truckee.”