The bus doesn’t stop here anymore |

The bus doesn’t stop here anymore

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Negotiations in restoring Greyhound Bus service in South Lake Tahoe have reached a stalemate.

The service was suspended in June when the owner of Ski Run Liquor, Robert Cristando, informed the bus line its stop in front of the store disrupted his business. Ski Run Liquor was the last and only stop in months of a transient schedule.

Greyhound representatives met with the city a month ago to try to negotiate a new home for the bus line.

Greyhound Bus spokeswoman Kim Plaskett said the company has expressed interest in stopping at the transit station at the “Y” until the city’s intermodal transit center being built at the Park Avenue Redevelopment jobsite is ready.

However, the city finds both those ideas as problematic for several reasons, Interim City Manager Sue Schlerf indicated.

Both centers are designed to accommodate “intra”-city service as in the STAGE bus line, not for-profit private transit organizations with long layovers.

Neither location would be equipped to handle baggage, facilitate ticket sales and provide a lounge for passengers to wait for an extended period of time.

“(The stations are) not intended to provide that service,” she said.

Moreover, Schlerf added that Greyhound tried to use the “Y” transit station about the time it discontinued service, despite the city’s refusal to allow for the stop.

Greyhound traveled to Sacramento on its run, a route Amtrak’s bus line also serves with connecting rail service to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Plaskett said Greyhound will continue to seek a new layover stop for the bus line in South Lake Tahoe. It has also discontinued service in Placerville.

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