RTC cancels weekend service to Sand Harbor

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Updated: 7/16 5:03 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Regional Transportation Commission has discontinued its weekend and holiday bus service between Reno and Sand Harbor State Park earlier than anticipated.

The service launched on May 24, 2014 as a demonstration project 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.

The fleet of buses is maintained regularly and safety is the RTC’s top priority. Maintenance crews discovered the brake and fluid systems on several buses were overheating, which required frequent repairs and replacement of parts. In order to maintain the highest safety standards at all times, continuing the service was no longer feasible.

Since debuting, the Sand Harbor service helped connect more than 950 riders with recreational opportunities. While a significant amount, the demand was less than anticipated and unable to sustain 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 reprogrammed for another transit project in the future.
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Kramer - 7/17/2014 5:00 PM
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dumb to use this type of buses on steep windy mountain road, dumb federal grant doesn't do squat for local bad air. What about the dozens of local trips by casino shuttles to the airport every day,many empty?? what is with the lpcal "planners" anyway? overpaid shills for sprawl and empty malls

Kramer - 7/17/2014 4:57 PM
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will someone get a handle on the difference between the Ci ty and RTC? just because it's an old boy network, don't run on and on without some accuracy/relevance. Plenty tom gripe about but pleez don't bark up the wrong tree.

yourmom - 7/16/2014 8:44 PM
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We wouldn't have a MONEY problem if places such as ACES baseball stadium would actually pay their property taxes. What does Bob have to do with this???

fastd - 7/16/2014 6:13 PM
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freedomrings I think your question about asking the existing services for information is dead on.However I think this is what they had planned all along.The city has a history of turning every situation into a money grab.They had the agreement with Sparks to pool the room tax money until Sparks got fed up with Reno constantly funneling the money to themselves.The screwed up the agreement between the city and the county fire services by constant manipulation so that the county was constantly picking up the tab.I have no doubt that Bob and the gang had this money earmarked for another casino welfare project from the beginning.The only thing these guys know about rainy days is how to make it rain money on themselves and their insider pals.

freedomrings - 7/16/2014 5:28 PM
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Wouldn't it have been wise for RTC to contact Amador bus lines and ask them about passenger occupancy and wear and tear on their buses when they were running between the airport and Harrahs Tahoe ? Sounds like a pretty sneaky way to take Federal funding money and put it in the old general fund for a rainy day.
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