In the interest of mitigating both carbon emissions and traffic congestion in our area, Palisades Tahoe has implemented several initiatives aimed at making transportation more viable and accessible for the surrounding communities.
Free Premium Protect Our Winters Carpool Parking
We have partnered with Protect Our Winters (POW) to offer free, premium parking to guests who carpool to the resort with three or more occupants per vehicle. POW Carpool Parking spaces will be available on a first come, first serve basis on weekends and holidays. The POW Parking program aligns with the resort’s mission to reduce its carbon footprint, raise awareness about how transportation contributes to climate change, and promote carpooling and efficient transportation within the region.
Free Electric Charging Stations
Squaw Valley provides free access to on-site Electric Car Charging in the Far East lot. Squaw Valley was the first ski resort in California to install electric car charging stations.
We have just introduced Mountaineer, an on-demand, app-based transit service available to residents and guests of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows at no cost. Mountaineer will be funded in part through the combination of a one percent assessment on lift tickets sold on-site by Palisades Tahoe and a one percent assessment on transient lodging and vacation rentals within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.
The Truckee Park & Ride
In order to combat congestion on highway 89 during peak winter visitation periods, the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association has, in collaboration with Palisades Tahoe and Placer County, adopted a pilot program for park and ride services during the 2018-2019 winter season. This program will be put in place on holidays and weekends December – March.
The Truckee Park and Ride parking lot will be located at the Truckee Tahoe Unified School District Administrative Offices off of Donner Pass Road, behind the fire station and Wild Cherries. Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART) buses will offer Palisades Tahoe – specific service every 30 minutes in the park and ride lots from 7am to 6pm. This service will be free.
Squaw Valley Road & Highway 89 Traffic Efforts
Palisades Tahoe supports Placer County’s efforts, including the potential of a “Bus on Shoulder” program to enhance public transit efficiency.
Squaw Valley’s parking department also delineates Squaw Valley Road with cones and traffic flow signs to create two incoming traffic lanes and one outgoing traffic lane in the morning to aid traffic flow from Hwy 89 into the resort. The resort’s parking department currently has four changeable message signs to help communicate to our guests and the community. They are used to provide updates on road conditions, parking availability, traffic configurations, special events and mountain conditions. Two are located on Hwy 89 as contracted with CalTrans, and the other two are placed on Alpine Meadows Road and Squaw Valley Road.
Palisades Tahoe contributes $125,000 annually to regional transportation, and has paid for employee bus fares since 1998.
Palisades Tahoe campaigned to get both Uber and Lyft interested in serving the Tahoe basin, and efforts are ongoing. Rideshare apps are potentially a great resource for expanding ride-share options.
Palisades Tahoe participated in the North Lake Tahoe Express (Reno Airport Shuttle) Business planning committee.
Palisades Tahoe collaborates with and contributes funding to Placer County and other agencies to help test and enact solutions to our region’s long-standing transportation challenges. We participated in crafting, and strongly support the “Sustainable Transit Vision.” The Vision effort culminated in the adoption of the most recent TART 5-year system plan by the Placer County Board of Supervisors.