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South Shore to Sacramento bus delayed at least until August

Gregory Crofton

Bus service between South Shore and Sacramento set to start later this month won’t be ready until August or September because operational requirements still need to be met.

“There have been a lot of calls,” said Duane Lippincott, owner of the Tahoe Casino Express, which serves South Shore and the Reno-Tahoe Airport with plans to expand its service to Sacramento International Airport.

South Lake Tahoe resident Ann Conway is eager to use the bus service. She was disappointed but not surprised to hear about the delay.

“Typical Tahoe,” said Conway, who wants to tap cheaper fares offered for flights back East that are available out of the Sacramento International Airport. “It’s so amazing to me we have no transportation. If you don’t have a car, or know someone who can drive you, you’re like trapped up here … it’s frightening to me.”

Lippincott said his staff is working with the airport on a “to-do” list and he is not sure when all requirements will be met. He hopes it would be no later than mid-August or mid-September. When the service is operational, a one-way ticket to Sacramento will cost $25, Lippincott said.

The Tahoe-Casino Express is likely to see competition in its service to Sacramento from South Tahoe Express, which has operated a bus shuttle between South Shore and the Reno-Tahoe Airport since July 1.

South Tahoe Express replaced the Tahoe Casino Express as the service provider under contract to and promoted by the Stateline casinos. It has tentative plans to provide service to Sacramento this fall.

“We haven’t set any specific dates,” said Mike Bradford, a board member of the Lake Tahoe Gaming Alliance, which represents the Stateline casinos. “We want to get it going before the ski season so we could serve Heavenly Valley needs as well as gaming alliance needs.”

Contact South Tahoe Express at 1-866-89-TAHOE or online at http://www.southtahoeexpress.com. The Tahoe Casino-Express can be reached at (800) 446-6128 or online at http://www.tahoecasinoexpress.com.


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