Transportation funds coming from Douglas |

Transportation funds coming from Douglas

Douglas County will continue to contribute funds to the Tahoe Transportation District this coming year.

The agreement will provide some of the services that will be available to South Shore residents and visitors when the much-anticipated Coordinated Transit System is on line.

The CTS, scheduled to be implemented next month and fully operational in early 2000, will provide patrons with fixed-route and on-demand service anywhere on South Shore. It will provide fast on-demand service by using global positioning satellites to pick up passengers in an expeditious manner.

“I’m so damn anxious to get this thing going I could spit,” said Dick Powers, South Shore Transportation Management Authority executive director.

Powers said the process of getting the CTS on line is moving a little slower than he anticipated and now he hopes to have it functional by the end of January 2000 rather than Jan. 1.

The contract will be extended until Dec. 31, 1999.

When the CTS is functional, the county will more than double its $117,000 TTD contribution to $232,000 toward the CTS.

The CTS is being funded by grants and interlocal agreements from various private and public funding sources put together by Powers. The total cost of implementation is expected to be $3.7 million.

Powers said about $3.1 million will go to computer software development for the system while the other $600,000 will go toward the purchase of vehicles.

While Powers said portions of the CTS will begin to work early next year, he said he didn’t yet know which phases would be first and last.

Commissioners asked, should the Douglas portion not be ready to go until later in the year, that they not contribute funds until then to free them up for other projects.

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