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Tahoe transportation: TART route reductions averted thanks to late funding boost from Truckee

Matthew Renda
Sierra Sun
Sun File PhotoA bus rider hops on a TART bus headed toward Squaw Valley in this file photo.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; A potential reduction to Tahoe Area Regional Transit bus service has been temporarily averted.

Due to an anticipated decrease in funding from the town of Truckee, Placer County Transit had plans to eliminate 14 route times from Tahoe City to Truckee along State Route 89 and an additional 16 route times from Truckee to Crystal Bay along State Route 267, according to Will Garner, PCT manager.

However, when the town of Truckee received a favorable bid from El Camino Trailways and#8212; a Northern Califronia based bus transit services that operates Truckeeand#8217;s municipal transit services and#8212; unanticipated funds were made available allowing the townand#8217;s contribution to the county to match previous years.

Truckee will provide TART with about $94,000, instead of $68,000, said Alex Terrazas, Truckee assistant town manager.

and#8220;When I was looking at the townand#8217;s transit budget, I anticipated an increase in the hourly rate for running our transit services,and#8221; he said. and#8220;However, we received a very favorable bid, lower than the budgeted-for amount, and this allowed us to restore funding to 2009-10 levels.and#8221;

Jan Colyer, executive director of the Truckee-North Tahoe Transportation Management Association, expressed gratitude during a recent meeting of the Placer County Board of Supervisors.

and#8220;I was sweating bullets (over these potential reductions),and#8221; she told the board. and#8220;I am really glad we managed to avoid service cuts.and#8221;

Terrazas said the townand#8217;s contract with the transit service runs for three years and#8212; a standard contract length and#8212; although the contract does contain yearly escalators in the hourly cost of operation, meaning Truckeeand#8217;s new-found ability to contribute dollars to TART may not stretch beyond this year.

However, Terrazas said he will look at the budget when the time comes.

The routes proposed to be cut during this winter were during the mid-day, from about 10:30 a.m. to noon, according to Garner.

and#8220;We attempted to identify the routes with the least ridership, thereby presenting the least impact to the public,and#8221; he said.