New Bus Shelters in South Tahoe

Four new BlueGo bus shelters have sprouted up in town protecting passengers from inclement weather.

The  Tahoe Transportation District had the shelters designed to enhance rider comfort and safety, improve impacts of storm water runoff into the lake and to promote connectivity through mass transit. Shelters consist of benches and canopies and vary in size from 14 feet x 6 feet and 9 feet x 4.75 feet.

Three new bus shelters in California are on Highway 50, one near the intersection of Pioneer Trail; two serving both the east and westbound stops near Wildwood Ave; the fourth on Ski Run Blvd near Paradise Ave. Three additional structures are planned for winter 2012, weather permitting, on the Carson Valley side of Kingsbury Grade. Tahoe Transportation District has scheduled installation of additional shelters along various routes over the next three years. In California, sites selected will be dependent on available right of way and in coordination with Caltrans existing and planned construction projects.

At least 12 shelters are planned for the South Shore area over the next three years. With up to 70 percent of fine particulate runoff into Lake Tahoe created by transportation, and an overall cultural shift that encourages mass transit, the new shelters provide more of an incentive for people to use the BlueGo system. The shelters, considered visible landmarks, are part of an overall plan that ties in transportation networks around the lake in an effort to integrate mass transit with walking, hiking and bicycle trails.

Tahoe Transportation District has installed four new bus shelters within the past month in South Shore with plans for three more in early 2012. From right to left: Curtis Garner, Tahoe Transportation District Transit Manager; Angela Swanson, South Lake Tahoe City Councilmember; Bruce Grego, South Lake Tahoe City Councilmember; Alfred Knotts, Tahoe Transportation District Transportation Projects Manager; Mark Rayback, Principal at Wood Rodgers; Robert Haen, Vice President at Thomas Haen Company, Inc.

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