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Tahoe City Transit Center Wins Another Prestigious Award

May 03, 2013

Placer County’s Tahoe City Transit Center continues to take in professional accolades with the announcement that the Center has won its third national award. The American Public Works Association declared the Center as one of its Public Works Projects of the Year for 2013.

 The award winning-Tahoe City Transit Center. Photo by Photographer Bruce Damonte

The Center has also been named as the Overall Winner of the 2012 Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards and the 2013 Small Project Award from the American Institute of Architects. The American Public Works Association award will be presented to the county later this summer.

“An important aspect of improving the clarity of Lake Tahoe is getting people out of their automobiles and onto public transit and bicycles, which helps reduce air pollution that we know ends up in the lake,” said Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, who’s Fifth District encompasses a significant portion of the Lake Tahoe Basin. “The Transit Center, with its high-tech features, central location and ease of use goes a long way to meeting that most important goal of reducing pollution in the Basin by reducing traffic and congestion.”

The Center is a state-of-the-art facility, featuring 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. There are 130 on-site parking spaces plus enclosed pay-per-use bike lockers and traditional bike racks. The Center covers about 2.5 acres and is 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 Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART) bus system that uses the Center. A display system installed inside the Center building informs passengers on bus arrival time. 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

“The Center is a well-done project in many ways, from the site on which it’s built, to the local materials used in its construction and to its overall functionality,” said Peter Kraatz, Assistant Director of the Placer County Department of Public Works. “While we are honored with the national recognition the Transit Center is garnering, we are perhaps most pleased that we were able to deliver a great project that fits in well with its surroundings and meets the needs of both the resident and the visitor.”

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. Its $4.5 million construction cost was funded largely by the Federal Transit Administration and state transportation grants along with Placer County Transient Occupancy Tax funds.