City approves federal transportation plan |

City approves federal transportation plan

Michael Schneider

South Lake Tahoe will support the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s push to classify the basin as a Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The move would allow the Tahoe Basin to compete for federal transportation dollars with other metropolitan areas in the western United States.

According to Sue Schlerf, assistant city manager, the MPO designation would annually bring an estimated $500,000 to $700,000. The basin would also be able to compete, with such areas as San Francisco and Los Angeles, for up to $7 million a year for road improvements.

Council candidate Gunnar Henrioulle told the council Tuesday he was unsure of the likely benefits of the Tahoe MPO for the city.

Schlerf said the funds would be divided similarly to the way TRPA grants are doled out now.

“It’s obvious we have the most roads, the most population and the most needs,” Henrioulle said.

Council member Margo Osti disagreed, saying all one needs to do is try to get through Tahoe City on a summer day to see other problem areas in the basin.

“Tahoe City’s needs are much greater than ours,” Osti said.

The TMPO designation will be before the TRPA for approval on Oct. 28. Both the California and Nevada governors must approve it after the TRPA.

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