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Shuttle slated for Incline Village

Greg Risling

KINGS BEACH -While Tahoe’s top agencies figure out long-term solutions for State Route 28, it was a surprise announcement at a public meeting on Wednesday that may answer a looming question.

Don Kornreich, chairman of the Nevada-Tahoe Conservation District, revealed that there will be a shuttle program this summer. He plans to lease several vans that will carry passengers from Incline Village to Chimney Beach on weekends beginning July 4. He said that the needed $3,000 will come from private and public entities.

How Kornreich’s proposal will hurt the Tahoe Transportation District’s chances of finding funds for the East Shore Shuttle remains to be seen. Kornreich said his bus system would be eliminated if TTD can run their shuttle from Spooner Summit and Incline Village.

“If they get full funding, we will make way for their system,” he said. “At least there will be something available for beachgoers.”

TTD operated the shuttle last summer as a pilot program and director Richard Hill is looking for another round of funding to run the system again. TTD hasn’t returned $10,000 from Washoe County left remaining from last year’s allocation.

The news came during the first of three meetings on State Route 28 at the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach. Environmental planners want to gauge public sentiment about access to the popular beaches and trails on the East Shore. The next two meetings will be held in South Lake Tahoe and Carson City. No dates have been confirmed.

Thirty or more people attended the one-hour discussion, which covered transit, erosion control and parking. Jeff Cutler, spokesperson for the League to Save Lake Tahoe, said his group favors the elimination of all shoulder parking on the highway.

“We want to eliminate the shoulder parking to control erosion problems and get hikers on consolidated trails,” he said. “We think that internal parking lots make sense.”

Cutler is referring to several lots on the highway corridor that could hold 150 to 200 cars. The sites were part of a 1996 recreational study that said the lots could solve some of the access problems. External lots at Spooner or Incline were originally supported by the League.

Mark Edwards, a self-proclaimed “bona fide beach user,” said he prefers shoulder parking because his car has been broken into several times sitting in an existing lot.

“I think without some sort of security at these lots, you will face some resistance,” he said. Edwards also questioned the ultimate motive behind the meetings. “I hope this isn’t a way to get locals who enjoy the area out of the way in favor of tourists.”

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