TAHOE CITY, Calif. — A group of people representing several businesses, associations and agencies have worked long and hard to bring a public water shuttle to North Lake Tahoe. They gathered Wednesday morning at the Tahoe City Marina to celebrate the opening of the three-year pilot program during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The shuttle launched Aug. 3, and will operate through September 2012.The water shuttle is the first design of its kind, a custom-built Centurion 30-foot vessel manufactured and operated by Fine Line Industries and designed specifically for North Lake Tahoe. The vessel carries 12 passengers, eight bikes and the crew, docking at the West Shore Caf in Homewood, Tahoe City Marina in Tahoe City, GarWoods Grill andamp; Pier in Carnelian Bay and Captain Jon’s in Tahoe Vista. Rates start at $10 for adults and $7 for children up to 12-years-old.The pilot program includes a “paperless” reservation system. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-8:19 p.m. through Aug. 26. After, the schedule will be 8 a.m.-6:46 p.m. to coincide with daylight changes. Ticketing kiosks are available at some of the participating docks; seats are limited, so book ahead. For reservations and more information visit www.NorthLakeTahoeWaterShuttle.com or call 530-581-8707 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. This pilot program is funded through Placer County TOT/North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and sponsored by the Tahoe Transportation District with TNT-TMA contract management. For more information you can reach the TMA directly at 530-546-2912, Monday through Friday.