TART Connect on-demand microtransit coming to Truckee this month
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Town of Truckee has announced that TART Connect will launch on June 25.
The free, on-demand, shared shuttle service, currently operating in North Lake Tahoe, will expand to the Truckee area as a pilot project throughout the summer.
The Truckee TART Connect Pilot Program is a service that aims to meet more transit needs, especially for those seeking to travel to and from our residential areas without using their cars. Service will operate seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
TART Connect users can download the TART Connect app to use the free service in Tahoe Donner, the downtown commercial core, Glenshire, and the Tahoe Forest Health System zone. Riders can also make connections from the Truckee Train Depot and Truckee Tahoe Airport to North Lake Tahoe by the TART fixed route bus system (not included in TART Connect App). Once in North Lake Tahoe, riders can request rides within the North Shore’s TART Connect service zones.
This service seeks to make Truckee’s public transportation system more convenient and accessible to everyone. Riders can request point to point on-demand rides using the TART Connect mobile application, which provides real time information with estimated pickup times and mapping with the location of the scheduled vehicle.
Two of the vehicles will have wheelchair accessibility, service animals are accepted, and all vehicles will be equipped with bicycle racks.
Vice Mayor Lindsay Romack has been part of the Microtransit Working Group and said in a press release, “We want to provide our residents, visitors, and second homeowners with the opportunity to move around our region without their vehicles. We hope that doing so will allow travelers to reduce their impact to the environment and traffic congestion, while also getting to where they need to go promptly.”
The Truckee Town Council approved a $460,977 contract with Downtowner, Inc. to operate the program. The Truckee TART Connect Pilot Program is made possible through funding provided by the Town of Truckee, Visit Truckee-Tahoe, Tahoe Forest Health System, as well as special service assessment funding provided by the Tahoe Donner and Glenshire/Devonshire subdivisions.
The community is invited to join Truckee Town Council Members, program funding partners, community supporters, and staff for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the start of this pilot and the connectivity and sustainable objectives it aims to deliver. Mayor Courtney Henderson will lead the ceremony at 3:30 p.m. June 23, at the parking lot downtown between Bridge Street and Truckee Way.
The TART Connect app is available on both iOS and Android.
For more information, visit TahoeTruckeeTransit.com.
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