Bus system looks at more route changes
August 26, 2009
The South Tahoe Area Transit Authority will hold a public hearing Friday regarding proposed emergency route changes and fare modifications for the BlueGO bus system that will take effect Sept. 6.
STATA, which oversees BlueGO, faces a $500,000 shortfall for the next fiscal year and is proposing service reductions and fare changes that would affect BlueGO riders throughout the South Shore.
The BlueGO system overhauled its routes and increased its fares in November.
Comments on the latest round of changes were received from employees of MV Transportation Inc. and now have been incorporated into the proposed emergency service reductions. Many of the comments were geared toward simplifying BlueGO route structure and improving on-time performance, said John Andoh, BlueGO Transit Administrator.
The service modifications include the reduction of late night services on some of the neighborhood shuttles and the streamlining of routes. For example, all routes will operate every 60 minutes, except Route 50 which will operate every 30 minutes all day to improve connectivity and improve on-time performance, Andoh said.
The fare modifications include reducing the price of Day GOPasses from $6 to $5 for general riders, and from $3 to $2.50 for discount riders.
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In addition, three new routes will be created, such as an express route in the winter season between The Ridge Resorts and Heavenly Stagecoach Lodge, one trip operating between Kingsbury Transit Center and Minden/Tahoe Airport, and a new night service connecting South “Y” Transit Station and Kingsbury Transit Center, with a special shuttle for Lake Tahoe Community College students at 10 p.m. when the college is in session.
“We are hopeful that the suggestions presented to the STATA Operations and Maintenance Committee from MV employees and the public will help STATA balance the budget and improve the overall transit experience on the South Shore,” Andoh said.
Another public hearing will be held during the Sept. 1 meeting of the South Lake Tahoe City Council. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. and is in council chambers at the Lake Tahoe Airport.
All meeting locations are accessible by BlueGO and BlueGO OnCall. Call (530) 541-7149 for route and schedule information.
Comments on the proposed changes will be accepted until Friday via telephone, e-mail and in writing to: John Andoh, South Tahoe Area Transit Authority, P.O. Box 499, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448. Or call (775) 589-5284, fax to (775) 588-0917 or e-mail jandohbluego.org.