Transportation officials to request funds from state for Coordinated Transit System |

Transportation officials to request funds from state for Coordinated Transit System

While transportation officials have recently been faced with a shortfall in funding South Shore’s Coordinated Transit System, the Tahoe Transportation District Friday came up with a way to make up a big part of the $430,000 still needed.

The TTD’s board of directors unanimously agreed at its monthly meeting last week to request $300,000 from California’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds for use on the CTS.

“That’s contingent upon the TTD staff’s assurance that we won’t be compromising the state rules that accompany these funds,” said Dick Powers, executive director of the South Shore Transportation Management Association. “We’re assuming that can be accomplished. If it can’t be, we’re going to have to go back to scratching our heads again.”

The CTS is a first-of-its-kind project utilizing computerized, satellite-based, transit technology. The project is expected to provide a comprehensive, efficiently operated transit system for the South Shore.

The project has been in the works a long time, and Powers said he expected to have contracts for doing the work signed within 30 days. Phase 1 of the work, the design process, is expected to take six months. That will be followed by another phase of actually building and installing the equipment. Phase 2 is expected to take eight months.

Powers said he is investigating other sources that may be able to provide the remaining $130,000 shortfall.

The original budget for the program was $3.7 million, and the current shortfall exists for a variety of reasons. The project has taken longer than expected to implement, affecting the budget.

Also, the CTS’s transit center – its headquarters of operation – was expected to be built as part of the Park Avenue Redevelopment Project. Because construction on that project has been postponed, an interim transit center will have to be found. Doing that as well as moving the equipment at a later time will lead to further expenses.

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