RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- For a fraction of the cost to get there on your own, the Regional Transportation Commission, or RTC, will give people a lift to Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe. The one-way fare is $5 per adult, and $2.50 for seniors and students.
Reno resident, John Bruno, thinks it’s a steal, “You can't drive there for $5 or drive back for $5 dollars."
The bus will leave from Meadowood Mall every three hours on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day until Labor Day.
"I think it's a great deal considering we don't have really a whole lot of options," says Sonya Witsell of Reno.
It's so affordable because existing buses in the RTC fleet will be used. Also, 95% the cost is covered by federal demonstration funds.
To accommodate riders who want to bring along summer gear, there will be restrictions.
"What we're going to at least initially restrict things to is: what people can carry on the bus and hold on their laps and around their feet,” explains Roger Hanson, Senior Transportation Planner at the RTC.
The RTC hopes the bus service will ease traffic and share the beauty of Lake Tahoe with more people.
"We had a lot of kids who never been up to Lake Tahoe, who thought this would be a great service, and we had elderly folk who can't drive anymore who haven't been up to the lake, like they said, for 20 years. "
Bruno says he hasn't been to the lake in years and is excited for the new line.
“I don't have a vehicle right now, so it would be great place to be able to go to Lake Tahoe," he says.
The RTC will gauge the demand for this service as a means for more public transportation options.
"We're trying to build the regional picture and give people more and more opportunity to travel."