East shore traffic plan topic of Monday meeting
North Lake Tahoe Bonanza
INCLINE VILLAGE – Monday’s citizen advisory board meeting will likely shed light on a controversial proposed East Shore traffic plan that officials say is needed to address a growing and dangerous summer safety concern.
According to a proposal by the Tahoe Transportation District, the idea is to operate a pilot shuttle program – dubbed the East Shore Express – the next two summers from mid-June until Labor Day. The shuttle service would run every 20 minutes between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., seven days a week, and the parking area for those riding would be at lots near Diamond Peak Ski Resort.
According to TTD literature on the proposal, the shuttle program is needed to mitigate the major amount of traffic and parking issues – and subsequent dangers to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists – between Incline Village and Sand Harbor during the peak summer season.
The plan is opposed by local Realtors and representatives of various homeowner associations residing in the area of the ski resort and Country Club Drive. According to statements submitted to the Bonanza, as well as public entities, many argue the plan will have a negative impact on those neighborhoods due to noise from the shuttle buses and exhaust fumes emanating from them, among other concerns, and that home values will decline because of the plan.
The pilot program and the plan to park at Diamond Peak promises to be temporary for the next two summers, according to TTD, while various agencies work on a permanent park-and-ride program at still-to-be-determined venues on Lake Tahoe’s North and South shores.