Benches and trash bins for area bus riders |

Benches and trash bins for area bus riders

by Greg Risling

Credit a $90,000 grant for allowing passengers waiting at bus stops in South Lake Tahoe to rest their feet and toss their trash.

A joint conservation project by Clean Tahoe and Area Transit Management will put 45 benches and 56 trash receptacles at major transit hubs along Highway 50. Work crews have been installing the gray benches and containers over the last three weeks.

Most of the South Tahoe Area Ground Express stops didn’t have any amenities, causing piles of garbage to accumulate. According to ATM Director Ken Daley, the transit experience just got a bit better.

“The improvements make it a little more comfortable for riders,” Daley said. “Now they have a place to put their trash as well.”

The agencies received the money recently from the California Department of Conservation. The benches will sit four to five people and the trash containers will be emptied regularly by Clean Tahoe. The nonprofit organization is a public-private partnership that promotes recycling and rids the area of litter.

Twelve of the older benches that were at some of the stops will be used for STAGE’s neighborhood routes. Daley wouldn’t name all of the locations but Bijou and Ski Run are possible sites.

“We never have put benches in the neighborhoods, so this will be an added convenience,” Daley said. “We will apply for the state grant, which is year-to-year, in hopes of getting more materials.”

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