Alfred Knotts

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The pedestrian tunnel under Kearns Blvd. is way behind schedule, due to weather, utilities and performance issues by the contractor. 

The State Route 248 pedestrian tunnel was meant to be completed by the time school started in August. Now, the finish date is anticipated for mid-November. Park City senior transportation planner Julia Collins has been managing the project on the city’s end. Collins says the wet spring played a part in the delay, but working with the contractor, Stapp Construction, has also been challenging.

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The Utah Department of Transportation’s State Route 248 project drew hundreds of public comments from Park City community members, most of which didn’t support the expansion of the road to five lanes. But UDOT’s initial vision for the highway might not come to fruition.

Park City Mayor Andy Beerman announced during his comments to the city council at Tuesday’s meeting that he and Transportation Director Alfred Knotts met with UDOT that day to discuss the S.R. 248 project.

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After the Park City transportation and transit programs were reorganized during this year’s budgeting process, Park City Transit has hired a new transit manager. 

Transportation Director Alfred Knotts—who was formerly the transportation planning manager before the department restructure—says the transportation department is more streamlined now, with staff from parking, active transportation, transit and capital transportation projects all working together.

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Park City Transit plans to remove one frequently mentioned barrier to riding the bus in pet-friendly Park City. 

After much feedback from the public, Park City Transportation Director Alfred Knotts says Park City community members and their dogs will be able to hop on the bus together—on the spookiest day of the year.

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Park City Transportation Director Alfred Knotts presented a pilot program to the Park City Council at their recent mid-year retreat. He calls it the “Quinn’s Neighborhood Connectivity Project.” Currently, Park City Transit’s dial-a-ride program runs on a fixed route from the Old Town Transit Center to the medical and recreational facilities out in Quinn’s Junction. Passengers schedule a ride at least two hours in advance, but it travels the same route, regardless of passengers. On average, it services 1.8 passengers per hour—at $35 per passenger. Knotts says it’s very inefficient.

Dylan Taggert gives a mid-summer update on  the popular Hennefer to Taggert Weber River recreation area. Park City Transportation Manager, Alfred Knotts talks about the public meeting Wednesday to get input on an Old Town Transportation challenges. Eagle Scout, Tanner Crosby talks about his project to create a proper flag disposal center at the Summit County Library. Deer Valley Senior Communications Director, Emily Fisher has a run down of concert events starting Wednesday and running through Sunday.

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Curious and concerned Park City community members attended the public hearing for the Utah Department of Transportation’s SR 248 environmental assessment Wednesday. 

Representatives from UDOT peppered the lunchroom at Treasure Mountain Jr. High, talking one-on-one with residents to explain the 1400-page environmental assessment. Poster boards were set up around the room highlighting different parts of the project and the process, and Park City staff and councilmembers were also on hand to field questions throughout the two-hour open house.

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Park City Transit recently ended bus service from the Homestake park-and-ride lot, citing a lack of use by drivers and also a lack of bus drivers to service it—an example of how the low unemployment rate affects Park City. 

Snyderville Planning Commission Chair Malena Stevens has a recap of Tuesday’s meeting. Interim Transporation Director Alfred Knotts and UDOT project manager, Brian Allen talk about the SR 248 Environmental Impact Study, which has completed the 1400 page draft document. Public input will be collected over the next 30 days and a report to the City Council will be made this month. Summit County Health Departments Health Educator, Alyssa Mitchell talks about how dangerous it is to leave children and pets in the car during the summer month.

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The next Fiscal Year 2020 budget presentation to the Park City Council includes a reorganization of the Public Works and Transportation departments. 

Last week’s localized power outage meant the White electric express bus could only charge at the Kimball Junction Transit Center—not at the other end of its route at the Old Town hub. The City is looking to reduce carbon emissions by switching to an all-electric fleet. But what happens if the power goes out? 

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Park City Municipal will be suspending the operation of the Homestake shuttle and lot until winter, at the earliest. 

Park City Transportation Planning Manager Alfred Knotts says the City has noted an average of five cars in the Homestake lot on any given evening, pointing to a lack of use of the park-and-ride and shuttle. Knotts says continuing service there wouldn’t be fiscally or environmentally responsible, and that bus drivers are already spread thin across the transit system.

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Traffic congestion is among the top complaints for Park City residents and commuters; and reducing it is one of the top priorities for the city’s 10-year transportation plan. One way to do that is through the transit system—providing people leave the car at home and ride the bus.

Old Town resident Peter Marth says he hopes Park City someday becomes car-free. He says people won’t head to the transit hubs until traffic causes them to miss five or six powder days in a row.

On today’s program, Park City Transportation Planning Manager Alfred Knotts and Parking Manager Johnny Weston discuss the successes and failures of the first year of the paid parking program. Park City Manager Diane Foster and Community Development Director Anne Laurent have a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting and the Executive Director MJ Turner  and Director of Operations Matt Brown with the Summit Bike Club have details on the club and the programs that it offers.

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Park City Transportation Planning Manager Alfred Knotts says the city’s 2011 transportation master plan needs a fresh, new look. Enter Park City Forward, an effort by the city to update that master plan by prioritizing projects and strategies that address the needs of a growing community and a desire for eco-conscious transit options. 

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