Have you ever gone for a beach day in Lake Tahoe and had to park (what feels like) a mile away from the beach? Well, you can avoid this by taking free shuttle services around the lake this summer!
Free shuttle services allow you to avoid driving, steer clear of parking, and save on gas money. Not only does this improve traffic congestion, but these transportation options also reduce air pollution and the impact on Lake Tahoe’s waters and forests. Here are two great options to help you get around this summer:
TART Connect in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee
Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit (TART) offers TART Connect, a free, on-demand, curb-to-curb ride service–much like an Uber or Lyft. It’s easy to use, just download the TART Connect app and request a ride to the destination of your choice. TART Connect, which is funded in part by the Tahoe Fund, is available in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee this summer.
The extended summer services on the North Shore begin June 30, and operate 8am to 12am within Lakeside zones, and 6pm-11pm on Friday and Saturday evenings within Resort zones (Olympic Valley & Northstar). Truckee TART Connect service began summer operations June 25 and is operating 10am -10pm. Learn more: https://tahoetruckeetransit.com/tart-connect-2/
New Lake Link Service in South Lake Tahoe
Lake Link is a new, free microtransit service coming to South Lake Tahoe this summer. This new service, operated by South Shore Transportation Management Association, will start on July 22, 2022. Lake Link will initially run three miles through the casino corridor from Stateline, Nevada, to the Lake Tahoe Community College/Al Tahoe neighborhood in South Lake Tahoe along both US 50 and Pioneer Trail. Just like TART Connect, Lake Link will have an accessible app available for riders. To learn more about Lake Link, visit www.tahoelakelink.com.
By taking these free shuttle services instead of driving, you are helping to improve road congestion, reduce environmental impacts, and make it easier for everyone to get around in Tahoe this summer!
Lauren Novotney is an intern for the Tahoe Fund
TART Connect Photos by Ryan Salm Photography