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Greyhound Bus returning to South Shore

June Lucas received news Monday that lifted her spirits and her suitcases.

The South Lake Tahoe woman, who frequently visits friends in Sacramento, learned Monday that Greyhound Bus service will return to the South Shore beginning Feb. 3. People will be picked up and dropped off at Bill’s Lake Tahoe Casino.

Lucas, who is legally blind and therefore unable to drive, used to take the bus on a regular basis. She looks forward to resuming her trips.



“I certainly will, and so will my friends,” she said. “This just makes my day.”

The national bus line suspended service in June when its one remaining stop at Ski Run Liquor was eliminated from its route. The bus line suspended service at Caesars Tahoe two months before.




The liquor store stop apparently disrupted business. The city met with Greyhound officials, but it was unable to accommodate the bus line at the “Y” transit center because of a lack of adequate facilities like a restroom.

The center at the “Y” and the city’s proposed intermodal transit center to be built at the Marriott complex at Park Avenue are not designed to handle bus service for private transportation companies with long layovers.

“We are really excited to be able to return service to the region,” Greyhound spokeswoman Kim Plaskett said from the company’s Dallas headquarters.

The bus schedule includes two arrivals from Sacramento at 12:45 p.m. and 5:35 p.m. The bus departs from Bill’s at 5:45 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Casino management will build a plexiglass enclosure for passengers waiting for the bus behind Bill’s, located at 27 Highway 50 at Stateline.

“We’re excited about bus service coming to Bill’s Casino, as well as the community in general,” Bill’s Director of Operations Tim Tretton said. “The goal is to provide yet another option for visitors who are interested in coming to Lake Tahoe, in addition to giving locals an opportunity to affordably travel within Greyhound’s wide area of service.”

Customers may call (800) 231-2222 or visit http://www.greyhound.com for information on fares. Tickets may be purchased inside Bill’s at the main cashier window.

— Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at swood@tahoedailytribune.com


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