Coordinated Transit System agreement signed |

Coordinated Transit System agreement signed

Michael Schneider

It started as an idea, and now, it’s a plan – a plan signed by private and public entity representatives Thursday to launch a Coordinated Transit System.

Representatives from the two South Shore counties, South Lake Tahoe, all the Stateline casinos except Caesars Tahoe, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Tahoe Transportation District signed on the dotted line at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

Douglas County also is participating in the agreement, but signed a separate document, according to Dick Powers, executive director of the South Shore Transportation Management Association.

All will contribute funds or equipment, or both to the project. The system will use global positioning satellites to provide on-demand bus service within minutes to and from anywhere on the South Shore.

The CTS, which Powers said he hopes to have in operation by next year, will have fixed routes in addition to on-demand service.

The only major player on the South Shore to shun the agreement was Caesars Tahoe. However, due to a recent change in management at the casino, Powers said Caesars may participate in the future.

Steve Teshara, Lake Tahoe Gaming Alliance executive director, commended the members of the alliance who participated for doing so.

“We did it because it was the right thing to do,” he said of the participating casinos. “Both in an economic sense and an environmental sense.

“We hope to have the full complement before this is over.”

“We’re proud to be a part of something that could be an important advance in the transportation area,” said Dennis Harmon, representing Heavenly Ski Resort.

Each ride on the CTS will cost $3, or a day pass will be sold for $5.

“This document will be a showcase for other areas to emulate,” said Jim Baetge, TRPA executive director. “It’s a milestone for the Tahoe Basin.”

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