The Placer County’s Transit Center in Tahoe City will open for business and be fully operational on October 29. The Center is a modern “park and ride” facility conveniently located for Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART) passengers at 165 West Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City just off Highway 89 south of the “Y." With the opening of the center, some of the schedules and routing for TART buses will change. Riders are encouraged to check bus schedules by going online at www.placer.ca.gov/tart
Placer County will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Transit Center at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22. The ceremony will be open to the public.
The new Center is a state-of-the-art facility. It features six bus bays, a 1,100-square-foot terminal with an indoor, heated waiting area with restrooms and a covered outdoor waiting area with bench seating to provide comfort for passengers as they transfer to or await arriving buses. On-site parking is available. In all, 130 parking spaces plus several enclosed bike lockers with an electronic pay-per-use system and more traditional bike racks have been installed. The Center covers about 2.5 acres adjacent to hiking and bike paths for easier mobility around the north and west shores of Lake Tahoe.
A high-tech display system, known as Nextbus, has been implemented on the TART bus system and is available now to the public. A display system will be installed inside the building to inform passengers on the arrival time of their buses. The system provides online real-time locations of on-route buses and predicted arrival times of TART buses at all stops on all routes. The information can be accessed via text messaging or smartphone web access at www.nextbus.com.
The Transit Center is part of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Environmental Improvement Project program to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality, which in turn will benefit lake clarity. The project is also consistent with numerous agency transportation plans, community plans, and studies. It is a $4.5 million construction project funded largely by federal and state transportation grants along with Placer County Transient Occupancy Tax funds.
The facility was designed by WRNS Studio and constructed by Gilbane Construction. It is being managed by the Placer County Department of Public Works.
Project partners include:
• Placer County Tahoe Area Regional Transit – Operator of Facility
• Federal Transit Administration – Permitting and Funding
• Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association – Facility Coordination and Support
• Federal Infrastructure Stimulus (American Recovery & Reinvestment Act) - Funding
• Tahoe Regional Planning Agency – Permitting and Funding
• U.S. Forest Service – Permitting and Land Owner
• North Lake Tahoe Resort Association – Funding and Wayfinding Sign Design
• Tahoe City Public Utility District – Facility Coordination and Support
• Tahoe City Downtown Association – Facility Support
• California Tahoe Conservancy – Funding
• State-Local Partnership Program and Proposition 1B – Funding
• Placer County – Funding through Clean Air Grant, Traffic Mitigation Fees and former Redevelopment Agency
• Community – Ongoing Support and Design Guidance through Placer County Design Review Committee
”The new Tahoe City Transit Center is a vital step toward a more sustainable transportation network within the Tahoe region,” said Will Garner, Placer County’s TART Manager. “We are excited about providing this facility to enhance public transit for the community and region.”