Trying to move from Point A to Point B in the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee area can be traffic jam hell on a busy weekend or during the holidays,.

Throw in a foot or so of new Sierra cement on the roads and it can be a true nightmare.

Enter the Tahoe Area Regional Transit system, whose services make getting around much less of a hassle. TART runs morning routes along the often-crowded Highway 89 corridor between Tahoe City and Truckee, leaving the terminal in both towns at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. and  providing access to [R5R, Alpine Meadows] and [R419R, Squaw Valley] en route. There are also expanded evening routes to get skiers and snowboarders to their post-outing destinations.

Skier and boarders heading for [R299R, Northstar] should check out the Truckee Transit buses, which travel the Highway 267 route over Brockway Summit to Kings Beach and Crystal Bay. Truckee Transit also offers passage to [R432R, Sugar Bowl] up on Donner Pass. These routes operate hourly from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The system also makes life more simple and convenient for families with different agendas and different destinations, which leads to less driving, which in turn reduces automobile emissions.

But mostly TART cuts way back on stress.