Tahoe Officials Eye Ferry Service by 2016

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) - Transportation officials at Lake Tahoe are hoping that by the summer of 2016 they'll have a pair of 120-passenger ferries shuttling tourists and locals alike from the south shore to the north shore in less than a half hour.

Officials for the Tahoe Transportation District outlined their plans this week for the project they described as an environmental asset as well as a transportation tool. The ferries would travel between marinas at South Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City.

Project manager Alfred Knotts told the Lake Tahoe News it would be the equivalent of a light rail corridor for Tahoe.

It's estimated that during peak summer travel the boats would make eight trips a day. Cost of the boats and marina upgrades are estimated to be $33 million with an estimated $3.3 million in annual operating costs.

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