TRPA Hearings Officer approves new water taxi stop |

TRPA Hearings Officer approves new water taxi stop

Isaac Brambila

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Hearings officer approved the expansion plan by Round Hill Pines Water Taxi Service as well during its meeting Thursday afternoon.

The water taxi project proposes to add a new stop to the existing routes of a waterborne transit service that currently operates between three marinas on the South Shore. The expansion will add the Round Hill Pines Marina as a new stop to the stops at Lakeside Marina, Camp Richardson Marina and Timber Cove Marina.

The additions involved the loading and unloading of one waterborne transit vessel, the "Fun Runner", a 42-foot, 43-passenger, two-crew vessel at the Round Hill Pines location.

The project intends to provide an alternative transportation mode for traveling to and from the beach and marina facilities at Round

Hill, which will aid in the reduction of automobile traffic to the facility, according to language in the proposal. According to the applicant, Ralf Weber, the water taxi is also equipped to transport bicycles and would provide transportation to cyclists in the area.

In other business, the Hearings Officer also approved a project to remove a failing steel sheet pile wall to be replaced with a sloping rock revetment.