The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, requires that transit providers undertake a short-range planning process every five to seven years.
The Tahoe Transportation District has begun the update for their Short-Range Transit Plan, and TTD is creating this webpage to solicit public comments during the process.
The TTD Board approved the most recent Short-Range Transit Plan (SRTP) on October 13, 2017, and it was amended on December 15, 2017. Since 2017, service has undergone significant changes and operational conditions (labor, funding, regulatory, and capital) have continued to evolve.
Each of TTD’s projects represents an important step toward addressing Lake Tahoe’s greater transportation needs. Improving the transportation system is critical to protecting Lake Tahoe’s water clarity because more than 70 percent of the pollutants impacting the lake’s clarity come from the transportation system and built environment run-off.
Significant goals for the 2017 SRTP were to reach a twenty-percent transit mode split target within twenty years; garner a sixty-million-dollar revenue stream; establish a regional control center; address parking deficits; develop mobility hubs, and introduce a “free fare” transit service where appropriate.
TTD championed the implementation of the 2017 Transit Master Plan, and the 2017 Short-Range Transit Plan was the first installment of the twenty-year commitment to transit improvements in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin/region. The 2017 SRTP was developed within the context of the Long-Range Transit Plan and Linking Tahoe: Lake Tahoe Transit Master Plan (TMP), which is aimed at implementing a new vision for transit. According to detailed cell phone data from 2017, visitors account for 75 percent of all vehicle trips made to the region. This magnitude of visitation translated into a considerable number of vehicles congesting the transportation network (35 million vehicle trips). Infrastructure, then and now, will increasingly be no longer able to handle this volume of vehicles.
The purpose of the Short-Range Transit Plan is to do the following:
- Examine the transit service, operations, and management to meet the base level of service
- Identify the service types and service areas that should be provided within the TTD service area including a review of services that no longer operate, seasonal services, and new types of services
- Identify those services that should be provided, as a minimum, by TTD
- Identify services that should be considered in the future
- Identify the types of services that match with three different user groups – Local residents, Commuters coming into the Lake Tahoe Basin for work, and visitors
The goal/s of this project is to create a usable SRTP to guide transit decisions over the next five years addressing, improving, and upgrading the following items if/when determined based on close analyses of:
• Service Types
• Service Areas
• Matching Services to User Types
• Determine the Base Leve of Service for TTD
The pandemic impacted transit operations, along with travel behaviors of residents and visitors alike. A new Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) recognizes the need for a regional funding source and the challenges in meeting Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) reductions. The revised RTP will explore how new technology, such as micro transit, on-demand services, as well as water transit, could revitalize older service models and create new opportunities.
Another goal is to engage the public in the development process of the SRTP through workshops, social media, eblasts, FAQs, project webpage, and one-on-one correspondences.
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TTD operates fixed-route public transit in the City of South Lake Tahoe, CA and Stateline, NV, as well as commuter services between Stateline and Minden/Gardnerville, Carson City, NV. TTD operates a park and ride service from Incline Village to Sand Harbor State Park during most summers.
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- Use location map/s with past routes, etc.
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Tahoe Regional Transportation Agency, City of South Lake Tahoe