Last Park City-Summit County Joint Transit Advisory Board Meeting Set for Tuesday
For the last five years, the Joint Transit Advisory Board has met monthly to make recommendations for the Park City and Summit County free bus service. Now that the two are parting ways, JTAB’s final meeting will be held Tuesday.
It was back in 2019 when the division between Park City and Summit County officials started to manifest and the split between the two entities would likely happen.
Those living in the Snyderville Basin didn’t feel like their transit needs were being met for a free bus system that was originally built by Park City for tourists. With Summit County contributing millions of dollars to the system, the county council ultimately decided to pull out and create their own transit operation, which has happened over the last 18 months.
As of July 1, the High Valley Transit Authority will begin running its own transit service, including a microtransit service that will pick up residents from their homes and take them to the closest bus stop – or to the destination of their choice – if that’s makes more sense.
The High Valley Transit board of directors will continue to meet frequently as the new system is rolled out.
Park City Assistant City Manager Sarah Pearce says the City will continue to jointly plan with the county – but not on the frequency that JTAB was meeting.
“We definitely need to continue to jointly plan, but with the separation. There are a number of different avenues now that will be available to the public to give us feedback and different ways that we're going to plan because we are separating. You know the county’s launching their own system High Valley Transit and they will have, they have their own board. And so, we need to dismantle JTAB, and then have created these new avenues for coordination and feedback.”
The Park City Council will get an update on the separation agreement and the plan for moving forward with two systems at its meeting Thursday with final approval set for June 24.
“A lot more details will be shared with the public on Thursday,” Pearce said.
The final JTAB meeting is set for Tuesday, June 15 at 10 a.m. via Zoom. The agenda includes a discussion on coordinating the ADA services, as well as an update from High Valley Transit and an update on the Park City Transit operations.