BlueGO looks to restore 24-hour bus service around South Shore
After a similar service was tossed out last year, a proposal to again offer 24-hour public transportation in South Lake Tahoe and outside the city limits will be heard at a June 6 transit meeting.
A public hearing will be held on the matter, with a subsequent vote by the BlueGO board after comments. The meeting will be at 10 a.m. June 6 at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency offices, 128 Market St., Stateline.
The plan would bring back curb-to-curb service. And the good news is it’s not going to cost the city or county any more money, said John Andoh, BlueGO transit administrator.
Grants and current funds should be able to pay for the change, he said.
“We are striving to improve our transit system so that it not only benefits the transit-dependent rider, but the choice rider,” Andoh said.
A “choice rider,” he explained, is someone who owns and drives a car and can go where they choose at will but opt to use public transit instead of driving.
“It costs less in gas, wear-and-tear, and insurance,” he said.
Currently, curb-to-curb service is used by the general public, seniors and persons with disabilities, and special needs. Ridership has remained flat since January, but Andoh expects ridership to grow because of huge price increases at the gas pumps.
Last year, the curb-to-curb service from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. was discontinued after the implementation of a paratransit program that is mandated by law.
By bringing the nighttime curb-to-curb service back and combining it with the paratransit service, BlueGO would be able to provide both services and remain in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. As proposed, the service would operate with two vehicles in the daytime and one to two vehicles at night.
A $100,000 grant has been awarded to the Tahoe transit system that would allow the purchase of a fourth bus. El Dorado County operates two buses at South Shore, and the city operates one.
BlueGO intends to utilize Congestion Mitigation Air Quality, Transportation Development Act and fare revenues to support this new service, Andoh said.