Water taxi would do wonders for local economy
March 22, 2012
I’m very excited to hear that a water taxi/ferry service is being considering for Lake Tahoe. To those NIMBYs who just say no (as usual), I think you need to reconsider your position. One of the biggest causes of decline in lake clarity is automobile traffic. If you love the lake, getting cars off the road should be priority No. 1.
A water taxi would also do wonders for our economy. I’ve spent a lot of time in Europe, where such services are common on large lakes (ie: Lake Geneva). Connecting the lake via water taxi would not only benefit tourists, but locals as well. If I could take a water taxi from South Shore to Tahoe City and pick up a bus to Squaw, I’d buy a pass there. I’d venture to North Shore more often for concerts at the Crystal Bay Club or dinners at some of my favorite restaurants on the other side of the lake. By connecting the lake basin via water taxi, we all benefit.
Of course there are many details to be resolved. Price, speed, and schedule will ultimately determine its success. If it costs $20 to ride each way, it will fail. However, considering the skyrocketing cost of gas, it probably now costs around $20 on average to drive around the lake.
Likewise, if the service doesn’t operate late in the evening, especially on weekends, or takes an hour to cross the lake, it will fail. In my experience, the European lakes tend to have two services. One follows the lake shoreline for those who prefer a slower, more scenic tour while another craft criss-crosses the lake at higher speed, taking a more direct route between stops.
Kudos to the Tahoe Transportation District! I hope we locals will support this effort!