Visitors from around the world ride Nifty Fifty Trolley |

Visitors from around the world ride Nifty Fifty Trolley

Thousands of people from around the globe visit Tahoe every year. At times traffic congestion becomes a problem. However, the Nifty Fifty Trolley is providing a fun alternative for tourists who prefer to enjoy the sites in an environmentally conscious way.

“The trolley saves cars on the highway and the service is great,” said Pat and Ed McGee of Chicago, while riding the San Francisco-style cable car. “We’ve now seen Emerald Bay from both the top and bottom.” Pat’s favorite part of Tahoe is “the beauty,” which seems to be true of most people riding the trolley Friday afternoon.

“I enjoy these views. I have never seen such views,” said Nasrin Kerman of Ireland. “We came for gambling, but I said, ‘No way, I’m going to go (site) seeing.'”

However, the scenery is not the only attribute visitors enjoy.

“The people here are really nice,” said Peter Nguyen of Southern California.

Apparently, Tahoe’s food is also an asset. “The kids loved Red Hut and Sprouts was really good,” said Vivian Ramos of Norwall, Calif.

“I think you’ve got to take it all together, really,” said Anna Andrews, of Winchester, Britain. She and her husband are spending eight months traveling across the U.S. “We started in Florida, and followed the old adage ‘Go west.'”

Vincent and Violet Christini of Lancaster, Calif., came to visit family and became hooked. “We want to come back in the winter,” they said with grins.

The trolley driver, Bill Pearson, enjoys his job. “I have a lot of fun. The kids make it all worth while, but we’re all really kids.”

Trolley service began in 1994 and it is predicted the Nifty Fifty Trolley will have over 80,000 riders this year. “We’re 5 percent ahead of last year and we’re adding another vehicle in July,” said Dick Powers, executive director of South Shore Transit Management Association.

Five trolleys run three different routes. Route A runs from Stateline, through the “Y,” to Camp Richardson. Route B runs from Zephyr Cove to Ski Run Boulevard. Route E goes from Camp Richardson to D.L. Bliss State Park and connects to the North Shore trolley. Service on Routes A and B begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m.; route runs from 9:45 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. A $3 fare entitles the customer to ride any of the routes all day.

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