North Shore and South Shore Transit Connection Meeting

The idea of a coordinated public transit system that spans across Lake Tahoe has been talked about for years. Now it is becoming closer to reality.

The public is invited to workshops on March 6-7 to discuss a North Shore to South Shore transit connection by Aquabus, a waterbourne public transit ferry service that could be implemented, possibly, by summer 2015.

As a concept being discussed, North Shore and South Shore terminals would be constructed for passenger pick-up and drop-off. Regularly scheduled service would be provided, possibly on high-speed catamarans, for connection to destinations/attractions via public transit and private shuttles.

Among the goals and benefits to the community, due to a steady increase in vehicle traffic on Lake Tahoe roadways, an Aquabus would have relatively low environmental impact from construction and operation. A passenger ferry could, ultimately, reduce emissions, improving air & water quality, as well as road-use erosion. It would also provide a relaxing scenic trip, roughly 20 minutes faster than driving.

The workshops will include a preview of options being developed for year-round bus service, public input and more.

The March 6 meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Tahoe Transportation District offices, 128 Market Street, Stateline, Nev. The March 7 meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Tahoe City Public Utility District office, 221 Fairway Drive Sunnyside-Tahoe City, Calif. Refreshments will be served.

For more information call (775) 589-5500 or email info@tahoetransportation.org

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