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Bus service appears ready to expand into Tahoe, California, northern Douglas County

by Scott Murphy, Tribune News Service

MINDEN — Stateline employees who live in the Carson Valley may be able to ride a bus to work by the end of the year.

State and county officials are working on a plan that would take Douglas Area Rural Transit buses to the base of Kingsbury Grade and carry them into Stateline.

Details remain to be resolved, but a weekday bus service connecting Carson Valley to Stateline appears likely this fall, Warren Bottino, Douglas County transportation coordinator said Tuesday.

Sandi McGrew Stanio, Nevada’s Statewide Transit Coordinator, said plans are being worked on with Bottino and various bus operators in Stateline and South Lake Tahoe to coordinate service.

Stanio said The Ridge and several Stateline casinos have expressed an interest in having bus service from Carson Valley.

Bottino said the service could begin in October and would help transport numerous casino employees, who live in Carson Valley, to work.

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Douglas County Transit Advisory Commission, Bottino said Public Rural Bus Service, or PRIDE, will discontinue its Minden to Carson City service at the end of September.

Bottino said the service only carries about six passengers per day from the Carson Valley Inn bus stop into Carson City.

However, Bottino said DART wants to take over the route by extending Douglas bus service into the northern part of the county.

Bottino said he’s sure there will be an opportunity for additional bus riders to northern Douglas County after a new Wal-Mart opens.

PRIDE, which stands for Public Rural Ride, is based in Carson City.

The Wal-Mart and Target areas would likely be a stop for Carson City buses, so the ability of Douglas County passengers to ride buses into Carson City won’t stop, he said.

Also, Stanio and the board reviewed an inter-local agreement between Douglas and Alpine counties that would extend DART bus service to Markleeville.

Douglas and Alpine county commissioners must approve the agreement.

The plan could involve hiring two bus drivers, one who would work 40 hours per week, while a second driver would work 29 hours per week, Bottino said.

Bus service would be Monday through Friday.

The bus route would include stops in Markleeville and Highway 395 through Gardnerville and into Minden.

Bus service in Douglas County began about a year ago in Carson Valley.

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