January 7, 2008
KINGSBURY EXPRESS COMMUTER BUS SERVICE BEGINS NEXT WEEK
Lake Tahoe, Stateline, NV - Commuters who make their way to South Lake
Tahoe over Kingsbury Grade each day now will have the option of leaving
their cars at home, thanks to a new express bus line scheduled to go
into service next week.
BlueGO's Kingsbury Express will run between Carson Valley and the
Stateline Transit Center seven days a week from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. and from
3:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 15. The service, which is
in part funded by a $1 million donation from former Google executive Ray
Sidney and a federal clean fuels grant, fills an important public
transit service need in the Tahoe Basin.
The express bus run will connect Lampe Park and Gardnerville transit
stops to major employers at Stateline, and will be operated by Aztec
Transportation Services of Carson City, NV.
An official kickoff party is scheduled for Friday, February 1, at the
Harvey's casino transit center. A new Kingsbury Express bus will be on
display at the event, which will feature prizes, refreshments and an
appearance by Sidney, a Stateline resident.
"This new service provides an important connection for commuters
between Carson Valley and Stateline who in the past have had limited public
transportation options," said Nick Haven, Principal Planner for the
BlueGO board. "By expanding public transportation opportunities in the
Tahoe Basin, we are helping improve air quality and reduce congestion - and
helping commuters save money and reduce stress at the same time."
Stacy Dingman, Chair of the BlueGO board, said the new service will
make it easier for major employers in the basin to encourage their workers
to use public transportation.
"Our employer surveys tell us that there is ample demand for a service
like this along the Kingsbury corridor," said Dingman, Quality
Assurance Manager at Lakeside Inn and Casino. "As the Kingsbury Express becomes
established and known, we anticipate that demand will rise."
A round trip on the shuttle will cost $5. Free transfers are available
to other BlueGo routes. Ten-ride passes are available for $22, monthly
passes for $90, and three-month passes for $260. The service runs
seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Kingsbury Express passes are available to the public at the Douglas
County Parks and Recreation Department offices in Gardnerville and at
Lakeside Inn and Casino in Stateline. Employees may obtain passes through
the human resources departments at major Stateline area casino resorts
and hotels. As a kick-off promotion, riders may obtain free 10-ride
passes good for the month of January by having their employer contact
A copy of the Kingsbury Express schedule and other information about
the service is available on the BlueGO website,