Park City Transit

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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. 

Summit County, Utah

The driver of a Park City bus is suspected of driving under the influence after the bus went off the road Saturday morning.   Only the driver and a passenger were on board, and neither one was injured according to Summit County officials.  The incident happened around 8am on Homestead Road between Jeremy Ranch and Pinebrook subdivisions. 

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This Monday kicks off Try Transit Week, to promote the Park City Transit system and lessen traffic, as the summer event season ramps up. 

The bus is already fare-free, but from June 10 through June 16, the Park City and Summit County transportation teams will sweeten the deal with some swag. City and County councilmembers will hand out water bottles, gift cards and other prizes to folks riding Park City Transit next week.

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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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.

400,000 Ride Park City Transit During March

Apr 15, 2019
Park City Municipal Corporation

Park City and Summit County’s free bus service had double digit increases in ridership this past ski season. The increases are highest on the Kamas to Park City route but almost all the routes showed more people using transit than ever before.

Ridership is monitored by Park City Municipal by counting the number of people boarding buses. They have a manual and electronic system that shows more than 400 thousand rides were given for the month of March. Summit County Transportation Planning Manager, Caroline Rodriguez says the overall transit system makes financial sense.

Last week the Wasatch County Council agreed to participate in a Transit Study that will look at the feasibility of a commuter bus line running through Wasatch County. With six other government organizations involved, the study is now about a month away from starting.

Metropolitan Planning Director Shawn Seager with the Mountainland Association of Governments, or MAG, says that after a presentation from MAG on the transit study, Wasatch County council voted to participate in the study.

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Courtesy Park City Municipal

The Park City Council approved a services agreement for nearly $420 thousand dollars Thursday, to explore improvements on an existing park-and-ride lot or the development of a new one. 

The greater Park City area currently has four park-and-ride lots: at Jeremy Ranch, Ecker Hill, the Kimball Junction Transit Center and Richardson Flat.  But Park City is looking to catch more traffic from everyday commuters off S.R. 248.

Utah Transit Authority

People who commute between Park City and Salt Lake City can do so for free two days this week—if they can make the bus on time. 

The Utah Transit Authority, three local municipalities and Intermountain Health Care are sponsoring free fare days on Thursday and Friday for all UTA modes of transit, to encourage ridership and support air-quality efforts. When UTA hosted a free-fare day in 2017, it reported nearly 32,000 additional combined boardings for its Frontrunner, TRAX trains and buses. UTA says that number equates to removing more than 17,000 vehicles from roads.

Roughly 30 percent of Park City’s workforce comes from Wasatch County. Which is one reason why Midway, Heber and Park City are all considering a joint study to look at the possibility of adding a commuter bus line between the communities.

Former Utah Transit Authority CEO and President Jerry Benson has been brought on as a consultant for the Park City transit system. KPCW’s Emily Means has more.

Transportation Planning Manager Alfred Knotts introduced Benson at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Knotts said Benson will provide the city with “industry standard review” and will advise on items such as customer service and community involvement.

With crowd-drawing events such as Sundance and the World Championships coming up, city staff are contemplating how best to transport the increased number of guests who will be in town—in the event the current fleet can’t handle the demand. KPCW’s Emily Means has more.

A meeting between Summit County and Park City is likely in the offing—given that the county’s funding in the area transit system has more than tripled in recent years, and County Council members indicate they want to help drive the system, not just ride along.

County Manager Tom Fisher refrains from characterizing the situation as a conflict. He says the county wants to talk about how they participate—fairly—in a more regional transit system.

Dedicated Bus Lanes On SR 224 Shoulder

Dec 10, 2018

The winter bus schedule started Thursday and the new Transit Systems Manager is looking for seasonal drivers. Affordable Housing for bus drivers will be available with She is Carolyn Murray has this:

Park City Transit Systems Manager, Barbara Murdock is in charge of the operations of the transit system which includes hiring bus drivers and making sure the routes are meeting the needs of the community.

Transportation is one of Park City’s critical priorities and it’s making its way back to City Council’s agenda Thursday. The city staff will present its annual report card on transit, and some related items to the council.

The transportation reports are on council’s work session which begins at 3:15 Thursday afternoon in council chambers.

Senior Transportation Planner Julia Collins told KPCW that the city has had the report card since 2011. She noted some of the achievements in this year’s survey.