Improving travel to and from Lake Tahoe: 3 promising solutions

Jessica Wong

Subscribe:Stay in the know with a $1 subscription to the RGJ This opinion column was submitted by Keith Vogt, chair of the Tahoe Regional Arts Foundation; and Mike Luken, executive director of the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency. The Lake Tahoe Basin attracts more than 25 million annual visitors, most of whom arrive […]

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This opinion column was submitted by Keith Vogt, chair of the Tahoe Regional Arts Foundation; and Mike Luken, executive director of the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency.

The Lake Tahoe Basin attracts more than 25 million annual visitors, most of whom arrive almost exclusively through the use of private automobiles. These 50 million annual vehicle trips into, out of, and within the Basin lead to extreme traffic congestion at peak times. They have economic consequences by discouraging visitors and decreasing quality of life for all who reside in or visit Tahoe. Environmentally, vehicle pollution results in poor air quality, greenhouse gases and algal blooms in the lake from particulate matter that washes off roadways and parking lots.

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