Park City Transit

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Park City Transit and the municipal transportation department has conducted an analysis of bus stops throughout the transit system.   

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The Park City Council discussed the future of the municipal transit system for two hours at Thursday’s council meeting. 

Park City Transportation Director Alfred Knotts says, after 40 years of operation, the Park City Transit system has reached its limit—in every way.

“Park City Transit is at capacity," Knotts said. "In terms of employees, in terms of facility space, in terms of equipment and in terms of fleet maintenance and everything that comes along with operating this system.”

Before the Park City and Summit County Councils work to sort out their differences around transit at a Feb. 5 meeting, the Park City Council will try to answer a few questions, such as who does Park City transit serve; what is the city’s responsibility in accommodating regional transit demand; and what governance structure serves the city and county’s needs.

 

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The Park City Council received an update from this week’s Joint Transit Advisory Board meeting, after members of the city council and Summit County Council exchanged some fiery sentiments. 

The Join Transit Advisory Board, or JTAB, features representatives from both the Park City Council and Summit County Council—Park City Mayor Andy Beerman and Councilmember Tim Henney; and County Councilmembers Kim Carson and Doug Clyde.

Matt Dias, who’s just been announced by Park City as their new permanent City Manager, sat through this week’s meeting of the Joint Transit Advisory Board.   

That discussion showed there are issues of communication, and  even some friction, between the city and Summit County.

KPCW asked Dias what’s next for him in tackling that issue.

Dias told KPCW that he aims to work on the sometimes-difficult issues of transit, and do it in the public eye.      

Tim Henney

The Dec. 17th meeting of the Joint Transit Advisory Board focused on Summit County and Park City setting a vision for transit and transportation in the area.

But one City Council member says it sounds to him like the county’s vision has little confidence in the city as a partner.  

Park City Council Member Tim Henney said the city and the county should be working together on common goals.   But instead, he noted, the county is caught up in the mechanics and planning to get a federal grant for a possible Bus Rapid Transit system along 224.    

At the Dec. 17th meeting of the Joint Transit Advisory Board, Park City Mayor Andy Beerman said the city and Summit County should move ahead together to plan for transit.

But he also protested that the city has been the object of some unfair comments from County Council members.  

During some brief comments at the session, Mayor Beerman talked about a Highway 224 study, financed by the Mountain Accord.

Representatives of Park City and Summit County got into some lively conversations during a Dec. 17th meeting of the Joint Transit Advisory Board.

The major topic was the planned Bonanza Park Arts and Culture District.   The two groups are struggling to get to a common understanding about Bonanza’s role as a transit location.

At a meeting last month, County representatives said they were concerned about Bonanza being a transit center.    Park City officials said that was news to them.

Summit County

The Summit County Council met in a special meeting Tuesday morning to discuss their vision for county-wide transit. 

Summit County Regional Transportation Planning Director Caroline Rodriguez led the meeting. Rodriguez says the county is working with Park City Transit to frame the mission for the transit system and determine their goals for the future.

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With traffic in and around Park City due to increase with all the visitors and employees winter brings, Park City Transit services have changed.

Park City Transit changes service seasonally, making route and timing adjustments to accommodate demand. Here are the updates for the peak winter season:

-The One Red will extend to Quinn’s Junction with slightly modified routing in Prospector Square. It will continue to service Deer Valley Resort.

-The Two Green will remain the same as summer routing, with an extension to Deer Valley.

A blue and white van with a picture of a moose on the side; the van services people with disabilities and seniors
Park City Municipal Corporation

The Park City Council recently approved the purchase of three replacement vehicles for disability and senior transportation services. Although the vans support Park City’s social equity and transportation goals, city officials viewed the purchase in conflict with a different community critical priority: energy.

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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.

A man in ski gear, a woman wearing a black-and-white wig and a dog wearing a pumpkin costume stand at a bus stop
Harold Shambach

Park City’s Halloween festivities bring some 5,000 visitors and locals into town, drawn by trick-or-treating and the Howl-o-ween dog parade. To encourage taking public transit to the events, Park City changed its policy for one day to allow dogs on buses. 

Prospector resident Harold Shambach often rides Park City Transit around town. On Halloween, he had a new travel buddy. Shambach and his dog, Torrey, rode a crowded bus to and from the Howl-o-ween parade on Park City’s Main Street. Shambach says Torrey was a pretty good passenger, all things considered.

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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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