TOT-TBID Dollars at Work – 2021 Summer Update
Tahoe-related updates shared by Placer County staff and others during the Tuesday, October 26, 2021 Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting focused on important topics including transportation, trash mitigation and affordable housing. The NLTRA is proud to have been directly involved in or supported many of these initiatives. Key updates included the following:
Clean Tahoe Pilot Program
Over the summer, the Clean Tahoe pilot program was established to enhance trash cleanup. The project will continue through July 2022, and to date, the efforts have been impactful. Focused primarily on Kings Beach and Tahoe City but able to respond to the entire resort triangle, the program ensures public trash cans are emptied during high impact times and responds to private trash violations. Placer County staff hopes the program can become a permanent solution to trash in the region beyond the pilot program completion in July 2022.
Crossing Guard Program
The crossing guard (pedestrian flagger program) began last year and was continued in 2021 due to its success. Offered from late June to mid-September in Kings Beach and Tahoe City on peak weekend days, the goal of the program is to increase pedestrian safety while providing more consistent traffic flow. The program has been well received by the public and is effective. County staff is looking at continuing the program while evaluating longer term solutions.
TART Connect Pilot Program
The summer TART Connect Pilot Program that offered micro transit service in the Tahoe Basin and offered a way for people to get out of their personal vehicles proved successful and was convenient for users. Joint marketing efforts provided by Placer County, TMA, Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitor Bureau and the NLTRA leveraged TOT dollars to support the program, with key outcomes of the program demonstrating local use of the service:
- 29% of riders used the service to go to work (the most common “trip purpose”)
- 56% of riders were full-time Tahoe-Truckee residents
- 35% of riders had never taken TART before
The TART Connect service will operate in two zones this fall from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Winter service will offer access to five zones (expanded from the summer service offering) including Incline Village, West Shore/Tahoe City, Crystal Bay/Tahoe Vista/Kings Beach/Carnelian Bay, and Friday and Saturday evening only service (5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.) between Olympic Valley/Tahoe City and Northstar/Kings Beach. Winter service will be offered from December 10, 2021 through April 10, 2022.
Dollar Creek Housing Project Update
A conceptual plan has been developed for the achievable housing project planned for the Nahas property on 11.4 acres off North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City at Dollar Drive. Project leaders are seeking community input and will present the conceptual plan at the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council (NTRAC) meeting to be scheduled in November. Learn more about the project here.