Nifty 50 Trolley up and running |

Nifty 50 Trolley up and running

Annie Flanzraich / Tahoe Daily TribuneThe Nifty 50 Trolley began its run for the summer Sunday.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The familiar red Nifty 50 Trolley began traversing Highway 50 Sunday as part of the South Tahoe Area Transit Authority’s new service plan for the area.

The first Trolley will leave the South “Y” Station at 10:15 a.m. and will run to the Stateline Transit Center along Highway 50. The last Trolley will leave the “Y” at 6:16 p.m. Trolleys leaving from Stateline begin at 10:40 a.m., with its last departure at 6:40 p.m. from the Stateline Transit Center.

In addition to the Trolley, BlueGO will also run 30-minute headways on Route 50 from 7:15 a.m. until the last trolley departs the Stateline Transit Center at 6:40 p.m. After 6:40 p.m., service on Route 50 will return to 60-minute headways as they are currently.

“We are thrilled to be adding service that so many locals and tourists will benefit from,” said Stacy Dingman, a STATA Director, in regard to the new route 50 changes.

Riders will also see a reduction in service from BlueGO. On July 13 the City of South Lake Tahoe approved changes to the BlueGO routes to eliminate the Meyers service Route 40 and the Zephyr Cove service Route 22 due to extremely low ridership and high cost of operations.

People affected by the service change can use the demand response service of BlueGO ON CALL by calling (530) 541-7149, 24 hours a day at least 60 minutes prior to the time riders wish to be picked up. For ADA Paratransit ON CALL service, reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Additional weekday ON CALL service will be instituted between the hours of 7:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.

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In addition to the service changes, a new transfer fare has been established. The current ON CALL fare is $6. The transfer fare will be $4 for ON CALL service to the following transit centers: South Y Transit Station, Lake Tahoe Visitor Center, Stateline Transit Center, Lake Tahoe Community College and The Kingsbury Transit Center.

Call (530) 541-7149 for more information about schedules and fares.