Transit providers at both
ends of Lake Tahoe have been awarded $8.6 million in CARES Act funding to
sustain free transit services for the public.
A spokesman said those
services are vital for those without a car to access basic needs like groceries
The money is being provided
through the Federal Transit Administration to the Tahoe Transportation District
and the Placer County Tahoe-Truckee Area Regional Transit to keep their
Both the TTD and TART have
stopped collecting fares and have committed to free service until 2022. The
funds will cover not only lost fare revenue but the decline in revenues from
sales and gas tax receipts.
TRPA Director Joanne
Marchetta said free transit for all could be a game changer in the basin, also
helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful effects of vehicle
use at Lake Tahoe.
Tahoe Transportation District
Manager Carl Hasty said the funding covers revenue losses and allows them to
maintain operations. He thanked the Nevada and California congressional
delegations for supporting efforts to get the money.
For information on the
transportation services in the basin visit tahoetruckeetransit.com for North
Lake services and tahoetransportation.org for south and east shore services.