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Nevada County Transportation Digest

Capital to Tahoe Celebrates Grand Opening at Spooner Lake


The event is the culmination of years of planning and work to build an approximately 17-mile trail from Nevada’s capital city to the Tahoe Rim Trail, which connects to the Pacific Crest Trail.

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce More Than $3.4M to Fund Low-Emission Buses in Lake Tahoe


U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Tahoe Transportation District will receive $3.4 million to fund its Clean Transit Initiative.

Truckee Council Votes to Extend Truckee TART Connect Pilot Program


The town launched TART Connect last summer as a pilot program. After a successful summer, the Truckee Town Council approved an extension to the program, meaning TART Connect will continue operating through June 30, 2024.

Truckee Auto Repair Shop Launches Mobile Service


The Quality Automotive Servicing van will visit you at any location in the servicing area that has a flat driveway or surface to complete the mobile service.

Electric Bike Share Comes to Truckee


BCycle, an industry leader in electric bike share operations and equipment used in communities around the country, is thrilled to bring bike share to Truckee.

Ebbetts Pass Open While Sonora, Tioga Passes Remain Closed


Ebbetts Pass on Highway 4 in Alpine County reopened Thursday, according to the California Department of Transportation. CalTrans is working to clear Sonora and Tioga passes still.

Truckee to Review Proposal for Projects That Could be Funded by State Bill


The Town of Truckee Town Council meeting will review a proposal to use funds generated by SB 1 for both the Railyard Mobility Hub Project and the West River Street Streetscape Improvement Project.

Community Urged to Weigh In on North Tahoe Parking Program


North Lake Tahoe residents, homeowners, and visitors are encouraged to share their thoughts to help shape a new parking management program under development by Placer County's Department of Public Works.

Truckee Awarded Transportation Grant


The town of Truckee has been awarded $4.4 million to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by providing a new transit center, on-demand transit technology, and making the transition to a zero-emissions transit fleet.

TRPA Awards $11.1 Million to Seven Transportation Projects


The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has awarded $11.1 million to seven critical transportation projects across the Tahoe Region.

Study: Recycled-Plastic Pavement Survived Winter


Asphalt pavement formulated with recycled plastic has successfully survived heavy truck traffic and the atmospheric rivers of the winter of 2022-23 after a section of California State Route 99 flooded in January.

Vegas-to-California High-Speed Train Gets Bipartisan Backing


A bipartisan congressional group from Nevada and California is asking the Biden administration to fast-track federal funds for a private company to build a high-speed rail line between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area.

Incline Village Residents Voice Concerns Over Mobility Hub Location


At a meeting to discuss locating a mobility hub at an old elementary school, many commenters were focused on the need for other amenities and developments.

Zero Emissions Plan to Bring Electric Buses to Tahoe


Placer County will order four electric buses to add to the Tahoe Truckee Area Transit system as part of the county's larger effort to convert to a zero emissions fleet.

Tahoe National Forest Extends Seasonal Closures


Due to heavy snowpack and near record wet weather conditions this winter, Tahoe National Forest has extended the seasonal closure period of its roads and trails to motorized use.

Workforce Transportation Discussion Held


The Incline Village Crystal Bay Business Association recently met with business owners to come up with solutions to workforce transportation.

What’s Happening With California Public Transit?


Public transit is a lifeline for low-income Californians, and the key to realizing reduced carbon emissions. But the state’s major public transit agencies are facing myriad issues and are looking to state lawmakers for a solution.

West River Street Contract Changes Approved


The Truckee Town Council gave the thumbs up on changes to the West River Street Park project, in the works for almost two decades, and also extended microtransit service.

CHP Warns of Private-Party Sales of Stolen Vehicles


The California Highway Patrol reminds the public to always remain alert and take caution when conducting private-party vehicle sale transactions.

CHP Highlights New Traffic Laws for 2023


Heading into the new year, the California Highway Patrol is educating the public on traffic safety laws that were passed during this year’s legislative season and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

New Rules for California Disabled Parking Placards Kick In


The law was prompted by an audit revealing that up to 35,000 parking placards in use were in the names of deceased people.

E-bikes Offer Freedom for Kids, Worries for Adults


With battery packs and motors on-board, e-bikes weigh more than traditional bicycles, and their weight alone increases the likelihood of injuries. State law requires anyone under 18 to wear a helmet, yet youths are regularly spotted around town sans helmets.

Mountaineer to Add NewMicrotransit Service


Mountaineer, the service that offers free winter transportation in Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows, will add new service routes and expand its operating schedule for the 2022-23 winter season.

High Cost of High Speed


Speeding, reckless driving, and highway violence have all increased in Tahoe/Truckee in recent years, as more people move to the area and drivers increase their speeds.

Division Over Airport Spending and Focus Arises


The Truckee Tahoe Airport District is often portrayed as the golden goose. Some, however, are frustrated by the airport’s eagerness to fund community projects at the expense of internal improvements. A dividing line has emerged between the aviation-minded and the community-minded, and the makeup of the district board could shift in this November’s elections.

Why Do So Many People Fail the California DMV Written Exam?


Of the Californians who have taken the written exam to get a driver’s license over the past two decades, more than half have failed. The annual rate, however, has been inconsistent.

TART Ridership Soaring


The Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transportation service is receiving positive feedback and a 20% growth in ridership, including in Placer County. The microtransit service began in the summer of 2021 and transports riders to a variety of Tahoe resort destinations.

Why Electric Cars Are Cheaper to Own in New Jersey than California


According to a recent report from Energy Innovation Policy and Technology, in many states, electric cars are cheaper to buy than traditional gas cars.

Truckee Micro-Transit Service to Start


Truckee will be offering a micro-transit service beginning this summer, following unanimous approval from the town council. The transit system will be free of charge for passengers.

Friends of Hope Valley Oppose Digital Signs on Highways


A proposal to set up digital highway signs along Alpine County highways has sparked opposition from the Friends of Hope Valley. Caltrans has extended the public comment period until May 2 on signs along Highway 88, Highway 89 and Highway 4.

Poll Shows High Speed Rail Support Despite Rising Costs


Backers of California’s High Speed Rail project haven’t had much to celebrate, given soaring costs and scaled-back service, but a new poll shows a solid majority of voters still want to move forward and finish the job.

Newsom Proposes $400 Payments for California Drivers


Gov. Gavin Newsom released a proposal to help Californians dealing with high gas prices, while also lowering the cost of public transit. Under the $11 billion proposal, California car owners would get a debit card worth $400 for each car (a limit of two vehicles, but no income cap).

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