Trolley and Dial-a-Ride get reprieve
Truckee officials have found a new company to run town transportation services, guaranteeing that there will be Truckee Trolley and Dial-a-Ride services for the summer.
News came in March that Area Transit Management (ATM), the company that runs the Truckee Trolley and Dial-a-Ride, had cancelled their contract with the Town of Truckee. Hoping there wouldn’t be an interruption in service, town officials quickly got to work to contract with another interested party.
Aztec Transportation was awarded the contract at the May 15 town council meeting. Also in the running for the contract was Gold Country Telecare, a non-profit that provides transit services in Western Nevada County, and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.
“The school district did indicate an interest in the contract but at this time we have not heard from the school district,” said Alex Terrazas, assistant to the town manager.
Aztec Transportation will receive $35.50 an hour from the town for its services – $2 per hour more than what ATM was being paid.
Despite the increase in service costs, rider costs will remain consistent.
Truckee Mayor Ted Owens said the increase will not have an impact on the town’s budget because the difference will be paid by state transportation funds.
The Truckee Trolley buses and Dial-a-Ride vans are owned by the town, but operated by an outside contractor.
When ATM decided to get out of its two-year contract with the town, there were concerns that employees working at ATM’s Truckee office would be out of a job when the contract expired.
“[Aztec Transportation] will attempt to retain current employees,” Terrazas said.
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