RENO, NV - The Regional Transportation Commission has discontinued its weekend and holiday bus service between Reno and Sand Harbor State Park at Lake Tahoe earlier than anticipated.
The service launched May 24, 2014 and was originally slated to continue through Labor Day. However, steep mountainous terrain and the intense summer heat are causing substantial wear and tear on the buses.
RTC says the fleet of buses is maintained regularly, and during inspections, crews found the brake and fluid systems on several buses were overheating, which required frequent repairs and replacement of parts. RTC says dropping the service was the best way to maintain the highest safety standards.
Since debuting, the Sand Harbor service helped connect more than 950 riders with recreational opportunities. RTC says that is fewer than anticipated and that added to the decision to drop the service. The cost per passenger was the highest among RTC transit services.
The service was a demonstration project possible as a result of federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program. The remaining federal funds will be moved to another transit project in the future.