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Tahoe Transportation District plans for additional ridership

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - The Tahoe Transportation District will be monitoring ridership and scheduling buses with a capacity to match demand in order to meet the anticipated needs of commuters and travelers during Nevada Department of Transportations Kingsbury Grade Pavement Reconstruction Project.

State Route 207, Kingsbury Grade will be closed near Daggett Summit to through traffic, just east of Tramway Drive from May 1 through the 23, and September 2 through October 2014. Non-residential traffic will be detoured to U.S. Highway 50 via Spooner Summit.

During the road closure, prior to Memorial Day and after Labor Day, the South Shore Transit will continue to offer travelers a direct route over Kingsbury Grade. TTDs 20x route runs east and westbound over Kingsbury Grade daily and provides riders five departure times and nine stops. A regional one-way fare is $4, 20-ride tickets are $60, and monthly unlimited passes are $120.

"Through community and business outreach we understand the potential increase in demand during this timeframe and will adjust accordingly," said Carl Hasty, district manager, Tahoe Transportation District. "Our hope is that residents and visitors alike have a positive experience utilizing public transportation."

Construction will also continue during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day with Kingsbury Grade open to through traffic, with nighttime construction-related lane closures delays to be expected. The road will be open with no restrictions during daytime hours, weekends and holidays through these summer months.

NDOTs accelerated construction schedule is 12 to 18 months for completion. The approximately $15 million project will reconstruct pavement and provide drainage, curb and gutter, sidewalk, lighting and other safety improvements on areas of Kingsbury Grade from just east of Daggett Summit to the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 at Stateline.

For a schedule of all TTDs transit operations, visit www.tahoetransportation.org.