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Park City Transit Receives Grant For Tech Services

KPCW Radio

The U.S. Federal Transit Authority awarded Park City Transit funding to upgrade its bus communications technology. 

Park City Transit received $400,000 to upgrade software and hardware related to dispatch services, scheduling and data.

The funding is part of a program awarding $423 million nationwide for projects related to bus equipment and facilities. Another Utah-based transit district, the Utah Transit Authority, was awarded $3.2 million for bus stop improvements.

Park City Transportation Director Alfred Knotts says the grant will improve upon equipment they already have, including the transit app; the real-time departure and arrival reader boards at bus stops and the transit centers; GPS systems; and passenger counters. Knotts says the current equipment Park City Transit has is outdated, as the technology evolves so quickly.

“We put in a grant for $400,000 to upgrade that equipment, trying to get out ahead of the newer technology," Knotts said. "We've been with the same equipment provider for several years now. There's a lot more technology out on the market now, so we want to go out and visit that and see what other technologies we might be able to improve on for the community and for the riders.”

Knotts says this particular funding is from a transit technology fund, but the city applies for other federal grants as they become available. Knotts says Park City Transit has focused on maintaining its current system and replacing buses as grant opportunities come up, rather than expanding the fleet.

Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle.