About Squaw Alpine Transit Company
To provide transit within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows to assessed businesses' guests, employees, owners, and visitors to improve resort traffic congestion, guests’ experience, and safety.
Continue to be the leader and innovator of free, on-demand micro transit in and around Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows resulting in reduced personal vehicle use, and remaining open to future integration with regional transportation systems where there are measurable benefits to assessed businesses and their guests.
Squaw Alpine Transit Company (SATCo), the nonprofit formed as a collaborative effort by Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows’ homeowner associations, lodging properties, and the ski resort, has been offering its complimentary Mountaineer on-demand shuttle service provided within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows since the 2018-2019 winter season.
SATCo’s goal is to reduce in-valley trips within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows by providing convenient, shuttle service at no cost to the rider. The intention is to eventually integrate into the Tahoe Area Regional Transit system (TART) to make it easy for those interested in traveling outside of the resort community to areas such as Truckee, Tahoe City, and other North Lake Tahoe destinations without the need for a car.
SATCo funds the micro mass transit system through the combination of a one percent assessment on lift tickets sold on-site by Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, and a one percent assessment on transient lodging and vacation rentals within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. SATCo will operate on these assessment funds alone, but may seek partnerships with Placer County and others to pursue additional funding for expanded services. The program will be put in place for a minimum of five years with an option to renew and will include ongoing oversight by its board of directors, comprised of local stakeholders.
Achievements To Date
Through its early closure date in mid-March, Mountaineer’s 2019-20 winter season was tracking against its inaugural season at a 20% increase in passengers.
In its first two seasons, the Mountaineer app-based shuttle service transported over 150,000 passengers despite a COVID-19, 30-day shortened second season.
An estimated nearly 12,000 vehicles were taken off the road and nearly
19,000 vehicle miles were avoided on Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts’ access roads.
14% increase in rides at over 34,000 with an average wait time of six minutes, which was 36% decrease.
Meet the Team
The Squaw Alpine Transit Company team is comprised of a 9-member volunteer Board of Directors from homeowner associations in both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, Placer County, and Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows communities at-large, advisors, and a part-time Executive Director.
Board Vice Chair