Truckee winter ski shuttles begin operations
The Truckee Ski Trolley and Dial-A-Ride service are scheduled to open Saturday, Nov. 18 and will transport skiers and riders to Sugar Bowl, Northstar-at-Tahoe and Donner Ski Ranch for a pocket full of change.
The ski trolley is free. There are three routes, one from the Truckee Depot to Sugar Bowl, another from the depot to Northstar and a final route from Northstar to Kings Beach.
Dial-A-Ride, a service that transports skiers and snowboarders from their home to the depot, costs only $3.
“They all connect, so if you want to go from Sugar Bowl or Northstar you can do that,” said Shawna Born, operations supervisor for Area Transit Management, Inc. “The trolley to Northstar goes right up to the village, and the Sugar Bowl trolley goes to Mt. Judah.”
Born said the trolley circles through Donner Ski Ranch before reaching Sugar Bowl, so people can access the trolley there, too.
Now in its sixth year of operation, the trolley system runs every hour between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. with the last ride leaving only Sugar Bowl and Northstar. There are no services between 1 and 2 p.m.
The cost for commuters going to and from Kings Beach who are not getting off at the ski areas is $1.
“The only thing that’s free is to and from the resorts,” Born said.
The trolley also offers an employee shuttle for Northstar.
“The B route picks up at the Holiday Inn Express and Cal-Neva at 6:45 a.m. and goes to Northstar … That’s the first run of the day,” Born added. These are special routes just for employees.
The Truckee Dial-A-Ride also begins Nov. 18 and will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
“You do have to call 24 hours in advance to Dial-A-Ride on Saturday, but the Dial-A-Ride can pick you up the same day during the week. We recommend calling 24 hours in advance every day of the the week,” Born said.
The door to door service costs $1 for senior citizens, who can also obtain a punch pass which entitles them to 50 rides for $20.
Disabled skiers can get 25 rides for $20, and students can get 10 rides for $17.
“It’s a wonderful service,” Born said.
For delay or scheduling information and the Dial-A-Ride call Area Transit Management at 587-7451.
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