Transit board approves BlueGO service changes |

Transit board approves BlueGO service changes

Annie Flanzraich

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Increased frequency for BlueGO along Highway 50 and the elimination of routes to and from Meyers and Zephyr Cove could be in the future for the South Shore transit system.

The South Tahoe Area Transit Authority Board of Directors voted Friday to approve a series of immediate service changes to help bring the transit agency into the black.

The changes now go to the South Lake Tahoe City Council for approval. If the changes are approved, they could take effect immediately.

While the transit agency sometimes has to go through a public input process before enacting service changes, Spokeswoman Stacy Dingman said that these changes could be made without the process because of financial issues.

“This is an emergency,” Dingman said. “The board has some lead way to make decisions that are minimally impactful that makes sure that the buses keep running.”

The immediate service plan drafted by LSC Transportation Consultants also proposes increasing the frequency of buses on Highway 50 to every 30 minutes between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Implementing this improvement will show that BlueGO can begin to enhance key transit services, even while reducing overall operating costs,” according to the proposal.

The plan also eliminates the route that runs from the Stateline Transit Center to Zephyr Cove/Kingsbury Elementary School via US Highway 50 and the Meyers Circulator.

To replace these routes, LSC proposes that the transit agency provide an OnCall transfer fare of $4 to the general public that would be valid for trips that include transfers to or from a valid transfer center. OnCall trips currently cost $6 each way. Valid transfer centers could include the South Y Transit Center, the Stateline Transit Center, the Kingsbury Transit Center and the 56 Acre park area.

LSC also proposes special Fourth of July service, with six buses operating from 7 p.m. to midnight with a $2 fare for the general public and a $1 fare for the elderly, disabled or youth riders.

The board will also consider more service changes at a later date, Dingman said.

The board also approved a budget for the 2010/2011 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

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