There are many sounds of summer at Tahoe – whistling birds, motorboats, lawn mowers, sprinklers, and the ding ding of the Nifty “50” Trolley.
The Trolley hit the road Friday, beginning its eighth season in business at South Lake Tahoe.
A popular mode of transportation for residents as well as visitors, the Nifty “50” enables folks to travel the entire South Shore from Emerald Bay to Zephyr Cove for $3 a day. Tickets are valid for a full day of rides and passengers may disembark as often as they like.
“It’s fun because there are three routes and all the drivers have their own little route narration,” said Trisha Froyum of the South Shore Transportation Management Association. “Some of them are quite humorous and some give you information about the lake and businesses here and that sort of thing.”
Passengers interested in spending a day at the North Shore may ride the Nifty “50” to Emerald Bay and board the Tahoe Trolley, which travels the North Shore. Cost for the connecting ride is an additional $3.
The association is on the brink of completing a brochure listing restaurants around the lake and what kind of food each serves.
“What I’ve been doing is working on a new dining guide,” said Froyum, adding that passengers also are provided a list of hiking and bike trails. “The guide has all the different restaurants you can get to by riding the trolley. We’re putting that together which is really exciting. It looks great. People will be able to get the brochures on the trolley and we’re going to put some around town.”
Trolleys traveling routes A and B roll by designated stops every hour from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Route E from Camp Richardson to Emerald Bay operates from 9:45 a.m. to 5:35 p.m.
The primary intent of the trolley program is to encourage visitors and locals to use transit when traveling through South Shore, rather than personal vehicles.
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