Transportation district installs new bus shelters
BlueGo riders now have a few new places to hide from inclement weather.
Tahoe Transportation District finished the installation of four new bus stops this month, according to a statement released Friday.
“The shelters will provide additional safety and comfort for riders and increased visibility for easy access to the system,” Carl Hasty, TTD district manager, said in the statement.
The four new shelters are spread along Lake Tahoe Boulevard. The first sits near its intersection with Pioneer Trail. Two service the east and westbound stops near Wildwood Avenue. And the fourth is on Ski Run Boulevard.
The prefabricated shelters cost around $17,000 each, are designed with benches and canopies and vary in size from 14 feet by 6 feet to 9 feet by 4.75 feet. Each is set up for wiring to facilitate the future implementation of real-time passenger information technology, according to the statement.
The district also has plans to build an additional three shelters this winter on the Carson Valley side of Kingsbury Grade, weather permitting. More shelters will be installed along various routes in the next three years, according to the statement.
Tahoe Transportation District took over the management of BlueGo in November 2010 after previous management, South Tahoe Area Transit Authority, went bankrupt.
The lawsuit between STATA and former BlueGo operator MV Transportation is still in the courts, but little movement has been made, Hasty said.
With initial changes like simplifying fare structure, adjusting routes and balancing the budget already complete, BlueGo is a pretty stable service, Hasty said. And there might be room for growth, he added.
“We’ve got a pretty sustainable service here, and one that we can afford,” Hasty said. “Any opportunity we have in the future that will make sense for growth, we’ll be looking at.”
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