Park City Transit

Utah Highway Patrol

A European man was hit by a Park City Transit bus traveling in the shoulder lane this weekend. 

The accident occurred on Sunday around 10:30 am. Corporal Colton Freckleton of the Utah Highway Patrol says the 21-year-old man from Montenegro was walking southbound on 224 towards Park City near mile marker nine close to the Canyons Resort drive.

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality awarded Park City Municipal money to replace some of its diesel buses, as part of the state’s $35 million share of the Volkswagen Clean Diesel Settlement. 

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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.

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Park City Municipal is hosting a community question-and-answer session Wednesday on the topic of transportation projects and planning efforts in the Old Town area. 

The Park City Transportation Department is crafting a plan to address traffic access and circulation issues in Park City’s Old Town, engaging in data collection and soliciting input from the public to guide the implementation of different transportation projects.

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Monday kicked off Try Transit Week, to promote the Park City Transit system and lessen traffic. 

The bus is already fare-free, but from July 29 through August 4, the Park City and Summit County transportation teams will encourage riders to hop on and win prizes. City and county councilmembers will hand out water bottles, gift cards and more to folks riding Park City Transit this week. Another Try Transit Week was planned for earlier in the summer, but Park City Transportation Planner Alexis Verson says the timing was hard to pin down.

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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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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.