Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ferry boat service this summer on Lake Tahoe

A pilot ferry boat program is expected to begin this June on Lake Tahoe. The service is set to link Tahoe City and King’s Beach, a distance of 7 miles. This pilot program was recently approved by the Tahoe Transportation District (TTD). 

TTD is charged with reducing and improving car traffic in the Tahoe basin. Their ultimate goal is to have a “Translake” fleet of boats linking Tahoe City with the North and South shores by 2015. The boat fleet (Lake Tahoe Aquabus) will be large enough for 150 or 200 passengers. The 22 mile North-South link is estimated to be 20 minutes faster than car travel.

The program will have to go out to bid before pricing can be determined. It is anticipated that the one-way ticket pricing will be from $7.50 to $22.50 depending on the route length. No word on the size of the boat(s) for the pilot program.

Many local residents won’t like the additional boat traffic and large wake produced by the ferry service. The TTD board thinks the completed Translake service will be an added plus for the 2022 Olympic bid that the Reno Tahoe Coalition has submitted.

Update: 6/29/2012.

Jan Coyler, project manager, told me they did not get all the approvals necessary to get the service started.  They expect to be up-and-running the service sometime in 2013!

Update: 8/3/2012

The pilot ferry boat service starts today.  It is called a water shuttle.  The cost is $10 dollars each way.  Click water shuttle for more information.

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