Let BlueGO be your ride at the lake this summer
We are proud hosts at Lake Tahoe. During the shoulder seasons between the winter and summer rush, we spend our time preparing for the next influx of visitors. Much thought and preparation is put into how we can make the visitor’s stay at Lake Tahoe most enjoyable whether that means planning events, improving recreation or making sure those in the hospitality business are well-trained docents. BlueGO and the South Tahoe Area Transit Authority play a role in this by trying to provide enjoyable and efficient public transportation services that enhance the visitor experience. With the summer season starting, our mission is this: Make sure it isn’t necessary for visitors to drive their cars around the South Shore area if they would rather relax and enjoy the scenery.
With this in mind, we have made some improvements to summer transit services that we hope you will appreciate.
Nifty 50 Trolley: Our open air trolleys are a fun transportation option for those wishing to enjoy Lake Tahoe’s beautiful west shore recreation areas without having to worry about navigating winding highways or compete for traffic. This summer, the dedicated trolley line will leave the South Y Transit Station (at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and State Route 89 in South Lake Tahoe) hourly seven days a week between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. through the Labor Day weekend. The trolley will take you to Camp Richardson Resort, Pope Beach, Kiva Beach, Tallac Historic Site, Valhalla, Baldwin Beach, the U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center, the Camp Richardson Horse Corrals, the Eagle Falls Trailhead, Vikingsholm/Emerald Bay, Inspiration Point, Meeks Bay Campground and Meeks Bay Resort. The trolley route then continues on to the town of Tahoma where it meets timed transit connections to the North Shore. The South Y Transit Station is accessible most easily via dedicated U.S. Highway 50 routes, many of which will be served by new enclosed trolley vehicles. The one-way fare is $2, or you can get a day pass for $6.
Camp Richardson Circulator: At Camp Richardson, we have a new taxi service that will operate on weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Two classic vehicles – a 1926 Dodge and a 1922 Chevrolet – will shuttle passengers from in front of the Camp Richardson Resort Lodge to Baldwin Beach, Pope Beach and Fallen Leaf Campground every 30 minutes. Fares are the same; the day pass includes rides on the circulator.
North Shore Connection: Those who ride the Nifty 50 Trolley to the Tahoma stop will also have the option of continuing to Tahoe’s North Shore on Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART). The TART service will deliver you to Tahoe City, Kings Beach, Crystal Bay and Incline Village. This is the first direct connection between Tahoe’s two transit systems since 1997. While taking a drive around the Lake is one of the most popular activities among summer visitors, this transit connection is another option. The view is better from aboard a bus or trolley.
Dedicated U.S. Highway 50 Route/Basic: BlueGO offers a frequent, dedicated transit line through the U.S. Highway 50 corridor connecting gaming properties, your lodging property, major attractions, and the South Y Transit Station. Look for the BlueGO stops all along the highway, feeder routes and major connections at the Stateline Transit Center, adjacent to the Explore Tahoe visitor center at Heavenly Village. The general one-way fare for all fixed routes is $2; a day pass is $6, and if you’re staying in town for an extended period monthly passes and bulk ride tokens are also available. Also remember to ride BlueGO to special events such as the Fourth of July fireworks celebration and the Lake Tahoe Air Show.
We know that you come to Lake Tahoe to enjoy yourself, not to sit in traffic. As your ride at the Lake, we are committed to helping make your visit feel like a real vacation. For detailed information on our services, please contact our call center or visit our web site. Thanks for riding!
– John Andoh is administrator for BlueGO, the Tahoe South Shore’s public transportation system, operated by the South Tahoe Area Transit Authority. For information, go to http://www.bluego.org or call (530) 541-7149.
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