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Bus may expand to Stateline by summer

by Jeff Munson, Staff Writer

Less than a year after launching bus service for much of the Carson Valley, Douglas Area Rural Transit is likely to expand its service to Stateline by summer.

“We’re seeing outlying areas in the county gaining ridership and see the potential for (Stateline) ridership,” said Warren Bottino, transportation coordinator for Douglas County.

A Nevada Department of Transportation official says she’s confident that a mass transit plan between Carson Valley and Stateline will be under way by summer.

“We’ve got a lot of employees and a lot of cars, 2,000 a day, traveling from Minden and Gardnerville to the casinos for work. We know there’s a need for public transportation,” said Sandi McGrew-Stanio, NDOT transportation manager.

NDOT is looking into a seven-day-a-week bus pick-up and departure operation that would start at the Park and Ride lot at the base of Kingsbury Grade at Foothill Road.

Buses would travel up the grade, stopping along Tramway near the Ridge Resort, and then work their way to Stateline, stopping at the casinos.

Return buses would stop at the casinos and near the county’s Tahoe administration building, where a new parking structure will be built.

The buses will go up the grade, back through to the Ridge Resort, and end at the Park and Ride lot at Foothill Road.

Money to develop the bus system will come from the federal level with some matching funds required. McGrew-Stanio said several funding options are available, including possible subsidizing from casinos.

NDOT is currently developing time lines that calculate shift hours of casino workers to get an idea how many fixed routes will be needed.

“We know the major employers of the county are in Stateline and they are in the casinos,” McGrew-Stanio said. “Many of the jobs are low paying, and many of the casino employees are one-car families. We know the casinos are excited about this because transportation for employees has been an issue since many workers can’t afford to live at the lake.”

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