Transportation

It’s easy to get here and easy to get around.

Carson City’s strategic location at the intersection of two major highway corridors provides convenient access for businesses and residents to major markets throughout the west. Highway 50 extends east and west across the nation, and Highway 395 runs from Canada to Mexico. Phase 1 of the Carson City Freeway opened February 16, 2006 and routes traffic around the northern portion of the city from Highway 50 East to Washoe Valley North. Phase 2 of the Carson City Freeway will add the remaining 4.9 miles of controlled access freeway from U.S. 50 East to the southern connection at the existing U.S. 50 West - Tahoe Junction / Carson Street intersection. The Freeway will also be designed for two lanes in each direction with provisions for future widening in the median.  The bypass will alleviate much of the heavy traffic that currently runs through downtown Carson City.

For more info on this freeway project go to: http://www.nevadadot.com/Projects_and_Programs/Road_Projects/Carson_Freeway/CCFreeway.aspx

 

Our area is served by two airports: The Carson City Airport  is 1.5 miles north of the city’s central business district and is adjacent to the Airport Industrial Park. The airport is a public facility serving the general aviation needs of the area with a 5,900-foot runway complemented by a full parallel taxiway. Hanger space, tie-downs, fuel, and other services are available. The commercial passenger Reno/Tahoe International Airport  is a short 30 to 40 minutes from the city.

The local bus service JAC, (Jump Around Carson) operates a fleet of bright green buses with a sleek blue jackrabbit logo. Bus stop signs are conveniently posted along the established routes. Fares are currently $1 for adults and youths, and $.50 for seniors (65+) and disabled. Monthly bus passes are also available. JAC Assist is a door-to-door bus service for persons unable to utilize the regular JAC service because of a disability. For more information about JAC, please call 775-841-Ride (841-7433).

Commuter bus service - RTC Intercity, is offered on a daily weekday schedule between Carson City, Reno, and other rural communities. Carson City business and manufacturing firms have access to truck and motor freight carriers that serve all parts of the country. Rail services are available in the nearby Reno/Sparks area.

Blue Go - BlueGO provides fixed route, demand response, ski shuttles, seasonal trolley service and commuter express routes on the south shore of Lake Tahoe and to the Carson Valley. BlueGO operates seven days a week 24 hours per day with headways ranging from 20 to 60 minutes. (530) 541-7149

Carson Valley -  DART (Douglas Area Rural Transit) offers Dial-a-Ride transportation for seniors, special needs, and the general public. Advance rides requests are required. For medical transportation, at least two weeks notice is required. Services are provided Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please call (775) 783-6456 to schedule a ride.

Airport shuttle service to begin from Carson November 17, 2014. Thanks to the persistence of the Carson Valley Inn, Carson City will be able to piggyback on to the airport shuttle service to be operated by Amador Stage Lines. Amador was able to obtain a special start-up grant. The seven-day service begins Monday from the Douglas County Community/Senior Center on to the Carson Valley Inn and then to the Holiday Inn. In Carson City, the stops will include the Courtyard by Marriott and the City Transportation Center just across from the Nugget. The service will proceed to the airport and the Reno National Bowling Center at Fourth and Lakes Streets putting all within walking distance of the downtown and the Aces Ballpark.

The service begins in Douglas County at 6 a.m. with the last service at 4:30 p.m. Airport departures are at 10:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and the last is at 7:45 p.m. The price from Minden is $24 round-trip per adult passenger. The fare from the Courtyard and the Transportation Center is $16 round-trip. Tickets may be purchased online at www.carsonvalleyairporter.com or via credit card from the driver.