Placer OKs budget for airport shuttle |

Placer OKs budget for airport shuttle

Joanna Hartman

A shuttle service between Reno-Tahoe Airport and North Tahoe-Truckee is set to start in mid-October.

“(It’s) a critical project to have a transportation link to the airport,” said Andy Chapman, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association director of tourism. “We’re at a disadvantage without it.”

Placer County supervisors approved $185,000 to start the North Tahoe Truckee Express while North Lake Tahoe Resort Association has worked to prepare the in-market transportation system, such as the trolleys and TART buses, to prepare for increased transit use, said Chapman. With the new shuttle in action, locals and tourist alike will have better overall transportation services, both on the North and West Shores, as well as to Truckee and the Reno-Tahoe Airport.

“The unique thing is that the service crosses jurisdictional boundaries,” said Steve Teshara, the executive director of North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.

Other ski resort destinations, such as Park City, Utah and the Colorado Rockies, and even South Lake Tahoe, have shuttle services from their major airports, said Chapman. In order to fairly compete with the other markets, the North Lake Tahoe region needed to offer similar services, he said.

The North TahoeTruckee Express:

Services three different routes:

1) Reno-Tahoe Airport through Truckee, down Highway 267, Northstar, and down to Kings Beach.

2) Reno-Tahoe Airport through Truckee, down Highway 89, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, to Tahoe City and down the West Shore.

3) Reno-Tahoe Airport, over Mt. Rose Highway, to Incline Village and on to Crystal Bay.

Holds 26 passengers.

Makes 8 daily trips, with times varying according to reservation and location.

Costs approximately $35 one way, with group and family discounts available.

Visit (up and running by October) for more detailed information and online reservation options.

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